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August 14, 2018

Mark Schmidt

It began with a simple question: How difficult is it to make the <redacted name of a famous fictional armored vehicle made a long time ago in a studio far far away> walk correctly with...

June 25, 2018

Brent Cullimore

Thanks to fun headlines like “Geysers erupt because they’re all bendy inside,” this paper caught my...

May 21, 2018

This is the third post of a three-part blog on two-phase heat transport devices. It was supposed to be the final part, but if I get an inkling (and don’t retire first) perhaps I will continue with oscillating pipes or vapor chambers. If I do retire, it has been nice getting to know all of you...

March 11, 2018

Brent Cullimore

To say that Pythagoras, who lived over 2500 years ago, would be astounded by what I just did in his honor says nothing. I mean, let’s face it: he’d be astounded by kale chips, boomerangs, and tubas.

So I didn’t do it for him. I didn’t do it for...

November 03, 2017

Brent Cullimore

More than once, I got into an argument with a boss in the 80s. And I almost never had a boss who was a thermal engineer during that decade. They never knew what to do with us thermal people. Systems? Power? Materials? Propulsion? Avionics? Been...

October 03, 2017

Brent Cullimore

I don’t mean “blood and guts” metaphorically. But I don’t mean it literally either. Best to call it analytic “blood and guts.” Plus, we’ll skip the guts for now, so you can relax.

And as you’ll see, I could have called this post “City...

June 30, 2017
Heat Pipes: aka Magic Pipes

Jane Baumann

In my previous blog on thermosiphons, I introduced a multipart blog on two-phase heat transport devices. With this blog, I would like to introduce you to heat pipes (sometimes written...

February 01, 2017

Tim Panczak

I pulled into the parking lot of a small print shop in an industrial-looking area in Dublin, Ireland. I looked back at the one lane bridge I had just crossed. It was an ordinary looking bridge spanning a small canal and a rail line. I walked to the bridge,...

December 22, 2016

Brent Cullimore

It might be apparent by now that I get bothered by silly or strange things. But what’s the point of even having a pet peeve if you can’t enjoy it?

Thermally stratified tanks bother me.  Fill a tank partially full of cryogenic liquid, leave it...

September 15, 2016

Jane Baumann

My husband and I have been lucky to have two wonderful human children, one who is a mechanical engineer living and working in California and the other is in her last year of college (opting not to be an engineer). My husband is Jim Harris, a mechanism...

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