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Welcome to the website of the North West Houston Sub Section of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers International (ASME), the Internet resource of choice for mechanical engineers in the Houston area.


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Previous Meetings 2013


Thursday
February 28, 2013 Luncheon
Cooldown Analysis of Subsea Equipment
From Thermal FEA to Multi-Phase CFD
Dr. Carlos Silva
Engineering Specialist
FMC
Thursday
March 28, 2013 Luncheon
1) Mechanical Engineering Technology at UH NorthWest Campus,
2) FSI Methodology for analyzing VIV on subsea piping components with practical boundary conditions,and
3) New device for corrosion assessment.
Professor Raresh Pascali
Instructional Associate Professor
Mechanical Engineering Technology Program
University of Houston
Thursday
April 25, 2013 Luncheon
Development of a Real-Time Riser Fatigue Monitoring System Daniel Kluk and Scot McNeill, Ph.D., P.E.
Stress Engineering Services, Inc.
Thursday
May 22, 2013 Luncheon
Texas Board of Professional Engineers
Professional Practice Update / Ethics
Rick Valdes, Investigator
Texas Board of Professional Engineers
Thursday
May 22, 2013 Luncheon
Texas Board of Professional Engineers
Professional Practice Update / Ethics
Rick Valdes, Investigator
Texas Board of Professional Engineers
Thursday
June 27, 2013 Luncheon
Cypress Ranch Robotics Team
Presentation and Demo
The Cypress Ranch Robotics Team


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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Cypress Ranch Robotics Team
Presentation and Demo


with

The Cypress Ranch Robotics Team




ASME Northwest subsection has been a charter sponsor for the Cypress Ranch Robotics team since they started four years ago. The team consists of students from Cypress Ranch High School, home schoolers and middle school students. The team has competed in BEST (Boosting Engineering Science & Technology), VEX, TCEA (Texas Computer Educators Association) and FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science & Technology) over the last four years.


The team is an extracurricular activity so all work & competitions are done outside of school. The team meets weekly year round. Starting with the FIRST kick-off in January the team works approx. 25-30 hrs./week for six weeks and about 5-20 hrs./week after that between competitions. The rest of the year between competitions is spent promoting robotics to the community (presentations to Scouts, companies, in parking lots, assisting FLL, arranging info meetings, etc.) taking tours, and learning about robotics & building (pneumatics, electronics, CAD, drive trains etc.) Yes, they do go to school too!



Update from their website:

2013 FIRST season

We had a few problems at the FIRST Lone Star Regional at the George R Brown Convention Center this year. We got help from Texas Torque! Our last few matches on Friday went well & Sat was what we had hoped to see. The team worked on passive hangers for the Alamo Regional and tweaked the shooter. We went to San Antonio the Wed before Easter. Thursday morning we found out the new stronger servo we put in the shooter was the wrong wattage. Fortunately for us, Kevin Sevcik, mentor for Team 57, The Booker T Washington Leopards was alert to our distress and loaned us a stronger servo with the right watts. The Robot worked beautifully. We made our autonomous shots; our passive hanger worked well & we even made a cross court shot! We were ranked 8th at the end of the qualifying rounds and wound up being the 5th seed Alliance Captains! We lost to the 4th seed Alliance, Team Appreciate with TriksR4Kids, but they won the competition. They managed to defeat Texas Torque & Kryptonite so we didn't feel too bad. :)

Fall 2012 Vex Competitions

Cypress Ranch Robotics Team and 4-H club participated in the brand new Houston Vex League competition with two robots, 3335A & 3335B. The Houston Vex League allowed the teams to participate in 3-1/2 days (Oct 6th - Nov 10th) of qualifying matches before the finals. This allowed the teams the luxury of changing robot design and strategy between the competitions. We had our older team members mentor the Vex teams comprised of our newer members during this build and competition time. One of our Vex teams won a Sportsmanship award (Joining our Vex Houston Regional 2010 Sportsmanship and 2011 Innovation awards). The teams placed 20th & 22nd in the League competition.

The 3335A team chose to sign up for the Dec 1st Houston Vex Regional back in September. They beefed up their robot with all they learned in the Houston Vex League. They won the Vex Houston Regional tournament as part of the #5 seeded alliance with 8756A from Austin and 6966B from Mexico. Winning the Houston Regional qualifies them to participate in the Vex World Championship in Anaheim, California in April. "Battle on the Beach" in Galveston - Made it to the division Finals. Lost to the Competition Champions.

Cypress Ranch Robotics Team has participated in 3 Houston Vex Regionals,1 Houston League competition and a Battle on the Beach WC Qualifier over the last 3 years and is very proud of the 4 awards. The team parents & mentors are very proud of the hard work and effort they have put into learning and participating in these competitions.

Read more at www.cypressranchrobotics.com





When & Where :

Stress Engineering Services' Conference Center in Building #2
13610 Westland East Blvd, Houston

Cost: Free Admission, and Brown Bag lunch is $15 with reservation. Membership Not Required. Bring a Guest!

Reservations Requested. Please contact Wendy Davis at 281-890-8441.

Click here for directions.
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If you would like to be placed on an e-mail update list, just send Wendy Davis a note and you will get timely reminders each month of the upcoming meeting with details of the topic and speaker.

Thursday June 27, 2013

  • 11:30 am     Lunch served
  • 11:45 am     Announcements
  • 12 noon     Presentation begins
  • 1:00 pm     Official Meeting Closes



A few notes about our Distinguished Speaker :

ASME Northwest Sub Section has been a charter sponsor for the Cypress Ranch Robotics Team since they started four years ago. The team consists of students from Cypress Ranch High School, home schoolers and middle school students. The team has competed in BEST (Boosting Engineering Science & Technology), VEX, TCEA (Texas Computer Educators Association) and FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science & Technology) over the last four years.

The team is an extracurricular activity so all work & competitions are done outside of school. The team meets weekly year round. Starting with the FIRST kick-off in January the team works approx. 25-30 hrs./week for six weeks and about 5-20 hrs./week after that between competitions. The rest of the year between competitions is spent promoting robotics to the community (presentations to Scouts, companies, in parking lots, assisting FLL, arranging info meetings, etc.) taking tours, and learning about robotics & building (pneumatics, electronics, CAD, drive trains etc.) Yes, they do go to school too!

Read more at www.cypressranchrobotics.com




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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Texas Board of Professional Engineers
Professional Practice Update / Ethics


with

Rick Valdes, Investigator Texas Board of Professional Engineers



Mr. Valdes will present updates on Board rule changes within the last year, general updates on initiatives the Board is working on, information on enforcement statistics, and the engineering Code of Conduct.



When & Where :

Stress Engineering Services' Conference Center in Building #2
13610 Westland East Blvd, Houston

Cost: Free Admission, and Brown Bag lunch is $15 with reservation.(Please note this will have to increase to $15 effective April 2013) Membership Not Required. Bring a Guest!

Reservations Requested. Please contact Wendy Davis at 281-890-8441.

Click here for directions.
.

If you would like to be placed on an e-mail update list, just send Wendy Davis a note and you will get timely reminders each month of the upcoming meeting with details of the topic and speaker.

Wednesday May 22, 2013

  • 11:30 am     Lunch served
  • 11:45 am     Announcements
  • 12 noon     Presentation begins
  • 1:00 pm     Official Meeting Closes



A few notes about our Distinguished Speaker :

Rick Valdes is an Investigator IV with the Compliance & Enforcement Department, Texas Board of Professional Engineers. He has over 22 years of experience as an investigator with the State of Texas; nine of those years with the Board. As an investigator, Rick ensures that the TPBE Act and Board Rules are followed and also investigates complaints that are received by the Board regarding violations to the Act and or Board Rules.

Rick has worked for the Travis County Sheriff's Department, and the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation and while there, was the Program Manager of Professional Boxing for the State of Texas. Additionally, Rick was also the Supervising Investigator for the Texas Real Estate Commission before joining our team. Rick has a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from Southwest Texas State University '86, San Marcos, Texas.

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Thursday, April 25, 2013 Luncheon

Development of a Real-Time Riser Fatigue Monitoring System


with

Daniel Kluk
Scot McNeill, Ph.D., P.E.

Stress Engineering Services, Inc.


As risers are deployed into deeper water, they are subject to increasingly severe environmental loading due to ocean currents and surface weather. Analytical models of these risers often predict premature failure due to the required safety factors and conservative modeling assumptions. As the design boundaries are extended, field measurements become necessary to assess the accuracy and safety margins associated with these models. Additionally, such measurements are expected to play a prominent role as quantitative structural integrity management programs are formalized and mandated.

We have developed a Riser Fatigue Monitoring System (RFMS) to provide field measurements of drilling riser stress and fatigue in real-time. The RFMS calculates drilling riser stress states using measurements from accelerometers and angular rate sensors inside Subsea Vibration Data Logger (SVDL) modules installed at strategic locations along the riser length. The SVDL units are connected via fiber optic subsea cabling to a central data acquisition system, located topside. Data from each SVDL is displayed as it is acquired, and processed with a sophisticated online computer algorithm to synthesize stress estimates along the entire riser length using a database of riser dynamic modes. The estimates are then processed chronologically via rainflow counting, recording fatigue damage accumulated during the deployment. The fatigue estimates are updated at 15-minute intervals, thereby providing actionable information to the drilling crew in real-time.

We deployed the system at two well sites off the coast of Japan at 1,180- and 1,939-meter water depths. It successfully collected and processed data from August to November 2012, recording a number of riser excitation events (and attending fatigue damage) due to operations, weather, and vortex-induced vibration (VIV) while connected to and disconnected from the wellhead.



When & Where :

Stress Engineering Services' Conference Center in Building #2
13610 Westland East Blvd, Houston

Cost: Free Admission, and Brown Bag lunch is $15 with reservation. Membership Not Required. Bring a Guest!

Reservations Requested. Please contact Wendy Davis at 281-890-8441.

Click here for directions.
.

If you would like to be placed on an e-mail update list, just send Wendy Davis a note and you will get timely reminders each month of the upcoming meeting with details of the topic and speaker.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

  • 11:30 am     Lunch served
  • 11:45 am     Announcements
  • 12 noon     Presentation begins
  • 1:00 pm     Official Meeting Closes



A few notes about our Distinguished Speakers :

Daniel Kluk has a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University and a master's degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT. He worked for five years at Moog, Inc. [pronounced "mogue"] designing, manufacturing and testing satellite gas propulsion components and military and industrial actuation systems. His master's thesis work involved high bandwidth precision motion control of an optical steering mirror using magnetic actuators. He also worked for two years at MTS Systems Corp. designing high-performance hydraulic testing equipment for the automotive and heavy truck industries, as well as friction stir welding machines for spacecraft structural fabrication. Mr. Kluk has been working at Stress Engineering Services, Inc. since 2009. His work for Stress involves design of dynamic measurement systems for subsea structural monitoring, hydraulic analysis of offshore and subsea equipment, and general machine design consulting.

Scot McNeill received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in engineering mechanics from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Houston. Currently, Scot is employed as a senior associate at Stress Engineering Services, Inc., an employee-owned consulting company in Houston, TX. He specializes in dynamics, vibrations, signal processing and random processes. Scot is a member of ASME and SEM (Society of Experimental Mechanics) and is a registered professional engineer in Texas.



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Thursday, March 28, 2013 Luncheon


1) Mechanical Engineering Technology at UH NorthWest Campus,
2) FSI Methodology for analyzing VIV on subsea piping components with practical boundary conditions,and
3) New device for corrosion assessment.


with

Professor Raresh Pascali
Instructional Associate Professor
Mechanical Engineering Technology Program
University of Houston



In Fall 2010, University of Houston (UH) opened its NorthWest Campus, at SH 249 at Louetta, in the former Compaq Center in order to serve the student population residing, or working, north of I-10 and west of I-45. UH, one of only three tier one public universities in Texas, is offering degrees at this location in collaboration with LoneStar College, offering students a more affordable secondary education. This presentation will outline the current developments in the Mechanical Engineering Technology program at UH, the largest program in the College of Technology.

The presentation will focus on the current research conducted and the rationale behind, as well as the challenges associated with, opening a second operational location. Potential academia-industry collaborations will also be outlined.



When & Where :

Stress Engineering Services' Conference Center in Building #2
13610 Westland East Blvd, Houston

Cost: Free Admission, and Brown Bag lunch is $12 with reservation.(Please note this will have to increase to $15 effective April 2013) Membership Not Required. Bring a Guest!

Reservations Requested. Please contact Wendy Davis at 281-890-8441.

Click here for directions.
.

If you would like to be placed on an e-mail update list, just send Wendy Davis a note and you will get timely reminders each month of the upcoming meeting with details of the topic and speaker.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

  • 11:30 am     Lunch served
  • 11:45 am     Announcements
  • 12 noon     Presentation begins
  • 1:00 pm     Official Meeting Closes



A few notes about our Distinguished Speaker :

Prof. Raresh Pascali is an Instructional Associate Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Technology Program at the University of Houston. Prior to joining UH in 2005, he was a Senior Lecturer, and served as the Assistant Department Chair, for the Marine Engineering Department at Texas A&M University, Galveston Branch Campus, and the Texas Maritime Academy.

Prior to joining Texas A&M, Raresh taught for 10 years at Brooklyn Poly, currently Polytechnic Institute of New York University. At UH, he also served as Mechanical Engineering Technology Program coordinator, where he more than tripled the enrollment in the program making it the largest in the College of Technology. He is the faculty advisor for the student chapters of ASME, IMechE, SAE, MTS, IMarEST, Tau Alpha Pi.

He serves on the advisory boards of local community colleges and he volunteers as the head judge for the team work challenge at the First Lego league competitions.

He mainly teaches courses in the design area, Computer Aided Engineering and Mechatronics. Raresh completed undergraduate degree in Aerospace Engineering and graduate degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics at Polytechnic University. He is the recipient of the ASME STS Claude L. Wilson Award and of the MTS ROV Committee Chairman's Academic Excellence Award.

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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Cooldown Analysis of Subsea Equipment
From Thermal FEA to Multi-Phase CFD


with

Dr. Carlos Silva
Engineering Specialist
FMC


Finite Element Analysis (FEA) has become a ubiquitous modeling tool in today's oil industry due to the continuous increase of the available computer power and improvements in the user's interface of most software platforms. In particular, thermal FEA of subsea equipment, intended to determine the amount of thermal insulation required for flow assurance, is a tool that a few years ago was used almost exclusively by engineering teams looking into refining the insulation design. However, thermal FEA is currently being requested as part of FEED studies, quotations, qualifications, and for internal laboratory testing, among other routine tasks.

The fact that thermal FEA is so widely used is a sound technology achievement, but also raises the question of where the FEA limitations are. For subsea thermal analysis the main limitation is evident: The main driver for temperature changes in subsea equipment is the heat transfer between the produced fluid inside the equipment and the seawater surrounding it. However, fluid movement cannot be modeled with thermal FEA; and thus, the dominant form of heat transfer, convection, has to be approximated with correction factors. The accuracy of the thermal FEA results then depends on the accuracy of the approximations, most of which are area averages calculated using dimensionless-number formulae from academic experiments. As a result, the effects from localized heat transfer are smeared in the thermal FEA solution, and temperature results within the fluids, which are of interest in assessing the hydrate formation risk, are to be taken with care.

Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) tools can be used to resolve the local fluid structures surrounding the solids and to determine heat transfer coefficients from conservation equations, overcoming in this way the limitations of thermal FEA. However, there is a downside of conducting CFD analysis: it is far more complex, requires expertise not found in undergraduate education, and is computationally expensive, though within the reach of current, high-end commercial workstations. In this presentation, we will show the results of thermal CFD analyses in a complete model of an FMC Enhanced Vertical Deepwater Tree (EVDT) and a production manifold, and explore the added benefits that thermal CFD, both single- and multi-phase, has to offer over the current conventional thermal FEA. Moreover, we will share "lessons learned" from these complex analyses and how the Multi-Physics Simulation Group within FMC Technologies is planning a roadmap for the future challenges of subsea equipment analyses.



When & Where :

Stress Engineering Services' Conference Center in Building #2
13610 Westland East Blvd, Houston

Cost: Free Admission, and Brown Bag lunch is $12 with reservation. Membership Not Required. Bring a Guest!

Reservations Requested. Please contact Wendy Davis at 281-890-8441.

Click here for directions.
.

If you would like to be placed on an e-mail update list, just send Wendy Davis a note and you will get timely reminders each month of the upcoming meeting with details of the topic and speaker.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

  • 11:30 am     Lunch served
  • 11:45 am     Announcements
  • 12 noon     Presentation begins
  • 1:00 pm     Official Meeting Closes



A few notes about our Distinguished Speaker :

Dr. Carlos Silva is a Mechanical Engineer and PhD graduate from Texas A&M University whose expertise lies in the thermal fluid sciences, simulations of fluidic systems, molecular dynamics, and twelve (12) years of experience in the oil industry in the U.S., Venezuela and Argentina. Carlos presently is the Lead Analyst for the Multiphysics Simulation Group at FMC Houston's North America Technology Center.

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Upcoming Programs

We meet on fourth Thursday of the month for lunch unless noted.
2013 Meetings


TBA so be sure to sign up for email notices!


Your suggestions and assistance are welcome. Contact Julian Bedoya


Executive Committee for Northwest Houston Sub Section

The officers for the 2013 operating year for the Northwest Houston Sub Section of ASME are:

Chair: Dr. Rafik Boubenider, P.E.

Vice-Chair: Jackie Smith, P.E.

Secretary: Ramon San Pedro, P.E.

Treasurer and Webmaster: Richard Boswell, P.E.

Arrangements: Wendy Davis

Programs : Julian Bedoya, P.E.

Student Relations : Dr. Ed Marotta (FMC)

Unless noted, all may be reached at SES 281-955-2900.
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