Professor at UCSD, Member of the National Academy of Engineers, and
Senior Scientific Advisor to UK- IR4TD
November 22, 2013, Seminar 3:00-4:00PM, Reception 4:00-4:30PM
Room 202 RGAN, University of Kentucky
ABSTRACT: The International Space Station (ISS) provides a platform for fundamental microgravity experiments in the biological and physical sciences. As part of the NASA scientific program for ISS, experiments on droplet combustion are being performed. Those experiments, which were designed to study fire safety in spacecraft and elsewhere, have been in progress for more than three years, and more than 500 individual fuel droplets have now been burned in ISS. The microgravity environment affords longer residence times than are available on Earth, enabling investigations of combustion phenomena are not readily studied on the ground. A recent discovery in ISS is that quasi-steady combustion of alkane droplets can be supported by cool flames, a phenomenon not encountered under conditions achievable on the ground. This discovery has recently been selected to receive the NASA award for the most impressive discovery of the year in the physical sciences. The presentation will describe these experimental results, their interpretation, and differences between hot flames and cool flames.
Brief biography of Forman A. Williams: Forman Williams is Professor of Engineering Physics and Combustion in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of California, San Diego. He earned a BS degree from Princeton University in 1955 and a PhD in Engineering Sciences from California Institute of Technology in 1958. From 1958 – 64, Professor Williams taught in the Division of Engineering and Applied Physics at Harvard University; from 1964 – 81, he was Professor at the University of California, San Diego; from 1981 – 88, he was The Robert H. Goddard Chair in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University. In 1988, Professor Williams returned to UCSD to assume his present position. From 1997 – 2006, he accepted an Adjunct Professorship in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Yale University. He served as the Director of the Center for Energy Research at UCSD from 1991 – 2006, and holds the Presidential Chair in Energy and Combustion Research from the University of California. He has written 400 research articles about his field of specialization, combustion, and his book, Combustion Theory, (second edition in 1985) is a respected treatise on the subject.
August 23rd UKNow featuring Fire Research to which the College of Engineering’s IR4TD unit contributed during 2013. Read more…..
Dr. Kozo Saito, director of IR4TD, Mark Pittman, IR4TD Business/Liaison Officer , and Dr. Fazleena Bauderdeen, Assoc. Professor, Mechanical Engineering Department, will be featured speakers at an AE Risk Management Meeting at Gray Construction April 12, 2013.
Dr. Saito will speak about the recently published Seeds of Collaboration, a compilation of essays about the Toyota Production System. The title of Mr. Pittman’s presentation is “So you Want to Start a Company: Brief Reflections on Culture, History and Toyota.” Dr. Badurdeen will talk on “The Total Lifecycle-Based Approach to Enabling Sustainable Manufacturing.” Dr. Saito and Pittman will also join a panel discussion during the meeting.
The 2010 Painting Technology Workshop is on it’s way! Please visit the site for information on registration.
We have added more pictures to our photo gallery! Please check them out.
The Lean Systems Program is merging with IR4TD!! We are currently in the process of combining offices for all program instructors and support staff in Suite 210/220 CRMS. This is an exciting time for IR4TD, the Lean Program is a valuable addition to our growing Institute and we are very excited about moving forward with them.
The Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship invited IR4TD to present at the Creative Cities Summit and the UKTECH10 demo recently. Please visit their page and check out all of the pictures of our FireWhirl Demonstration!
We have added two English versions of the Nippon Steel publication of Mr. Futumura-san’s face-to-face discussion with Dr. Saito.
We have updated several sections of our website. Links have been added in the Accomplishments section to several publications, and presentations and to the History section. There is also a new photo gallery link in the Labs and Equipment section.
We would like to share Nippon Steel’s publication of Mr. Futumura-san’s face-to-face discussion with Dr. Kozo Saito. The article is currently only available in Japanese, translations may be available later this year.
We would like to extend the sincerest congratulations to Professor Yuji Nakamura, an IR4TD trained reseacher, on his recent recognition from two seperate Japanese agencies as one of the most promising young researchers. He has received the Young Researcher Encouragement Award from the Japan Society of Microgravity and the Young Researcher Encouragement Award from the Combustion Society of Japan. Congratulations Professor Nakamura!
We would like to welcome Dr. Wageh Swelm who is a visiting researcher from Menoufia University, Egypt. Dr. Swelm will be working with us through July, 2009.
The College of Engineering, IR4TD, and Tohoku Institute of Fluid Science have created an Exchange Program for students and scholars.
IR4TD is sponsoring the International Symposium on Scale Modeling in Hawaii, in September of 2009. Please visit the website for more information.
The 10th anniversary of the Painting Technology Workshop has been postponed. This program has been a big success every year and we expect big things from the Painting Technology Workshop again in the future but due to the current economic and health safety situations we have decided to reschedule the Workshop to a later date. We will have more information on the website when it becomes available.