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Schedule, Sessions and Speakers
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Monday, June 4
Automated Blade Profiling
Using robots for automated profiling, the Automated Blade Leading and Trailing Edge Profiling System has attained precision levels which were never reached before. Introducing the system to a manufacturer’s plant reduces workers’ injuries and plant’s abrasive material consumption up to 75%. It improves quality and consistency of the airfoils by eliminating human subjectivity, therefore creates better performing engines (parts more faithful to the design) which translates to substantial savings in fuel consumption for the airlines.
Hyper-Carbide Cutting Tools
A new class of cutting tool materials known as Hyper-carbide has been developed. These new materials have demonstrated dramatically enhanced hardness, toughness, and high-temperature resistance during cutting of hard metals. The tools enable economic machining of hardened components, thus eliminating a major manufacturing step for many high-value components. Down time is reduced and profits increased since the tools last longer and hold up under high speed machining. The Hyper-carbide material is a sintered, metal-matrix carbide composite defined under two recent patents. The extraordinary performance of the material is attributed to the use of proprietary refractory alloys (W, Re, Ta, Mo, Nb, Ni, etc) in the binder phase and a particle size reduced to the nano scale. The improvements allow machining to be performed at 5 to 10 times the usual material removal rates. Recent turning tests on M2 tool steel showed a more than 30-fold increase in removal rate compared to industry standard tools. The high rate indicates that the Hyper-carbide tools are capable of cutting under conditions of superplastic deformation in the tool steel, a major advancement in machining. Hyper-carbide tools have undergone significant laboratory testing and are being proven out in industrial test sites across the U.S.
Model Predictive Control
Commercially available Model Predictive Control (MPC) technology that is successfully deployed in various industries will be presented. A brief history of industrial MPC technology is presented first, followed by results of our vendor survey of MPC control and identification technology. A general MPC control algorithm is presented, and approaches taken by each vendor for the different aspects of the calculation are described. Identification technology is then reviewed to determine similarities and differences between the various approaches. MPC applications performed by each vendor are summarized by application area. Finally, a vision of the next generation of MPC technology, with an emphasis on potential application and research opportunities will be discussed.
||S. Joe Quin, University of Southern California and
||Thomas Badgewell, ExxonMobile
Tuesday, June 5
Automated Control Solutions Dynamically Respond to Changing Steam and Electrical Demands
Dozens of Americans industrial facilities respond quietly and automatically to hourly changing electrical prices. Advanced control systems save large industrial customers millions of dollars per year in overall energy costs, giving a competitive advantage. Case studies of several, real-world, industrial demand response implementations in use today will be highlighted. A brief overview is given of a rule-based control system that retrieves fuel and electrical prices, evaluates forecast projections, calculates incremental cost decisions, controls discretionary electrical generation and finds a lowest cost fuel mix while observing myriads of equipment, safety and environmental constraint.
INNOVATION WATCH: Quantum Locking
Superconductivity is a macroscopic quantum phenomenon where a very large number of electrons behave as one single coherent entity. Discovered by Kammerling Onnes in 1911, superconductivity in metals has remained for many years a laboratory phenomenon that could only take place a few degrees above absolute zero in special cryogenic equipment, making direct manipulations impossible. Thanks to progress in the fabrication of high quality films of a high temperature ceramic superconductor, we have been able to demonstrate the magnetic properties of this phenomenon in an open-air environment where it can be observed directly in hands-on experiments. The films, grown on robust sapphire wafers, are submitted to the magnetic field produced by commercially available permanent magnets. The field penetrates the films in the form of invisible magnetic threads that hold the film/sapphire in place in any orientation, in a phenomenon that we have called quantum locking. Some examples of quantum locking will be shown. Placed above the magnets, the film/sapphire levitates several centimeters above the magnets. Placed under the magnets, it hangs on without falling down. It can also be held sideways. Placed on a magnetic track it takes turns as if held on the track by some invisible force. These easy to show, easy to perform quantum physics experiments are making for the first time the phenomenon of superconductivity visible and accessible to a broad audience. This will, we hope, trigger the imagination of young researchers towards developing new ideas and finding new applications of this fascinating phenomenon.
Accelerating LED lighting adoption
Everyone agrees that the mainstream adoption of LED lighting is close at hand for almost all lighting applications. Supporting the light quality necessary for these lighting applications while continuing to reduce cost remains a significant barrier to mainstream adoption. This session will discuss these adoption barriers and new color mixing methods that overcome these challenges to accelerate LED lighting adoption.
Regenerative Medicine: Current Concepts and Changing Trends
Patients with diseased or injured organs may be treated with transplanted organs. There is a severe shortage of donor organs which is worsening yearly due to the aging population. Regenerative medicine and tissue engineering apply the principles of cell transplantation, material sciences, and bioengineering to construct biological substitutes that may restore and maintain normal function in diseased and injured tissues. Stem cells may offer a potentially limitless source of cells for tissue engineering applications and are opening new options for therapy. Recent advances that have occurred in regenerative medicine will be reviewed and applications of these new technologies that may offer novel therapies for patients with end-stage tissue and organ failure will be described.
||Anthony Atala, M.D.
Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine