Kenichi Yamamoto, Father of the Mazda Rotary, Has Died

Kenichi Yamamoto, Father of the Mazda Rotary, Has Died

One is a concept and one is a series of functioning engines.

Rest in peace, creator of the spinning Dorito!

That was actually Felix Wankel. This guy just made it Japanese.

he said father of Mazda Rotary, not Wankel engine.

Structural integrity of a spaghetti Eiffel Tower

Structural integrity of a spaghetti Eiffel Tower

99.9% of succeeding at spaghetti bridges (or eiffel towers) is how well you glue the joints. It's kind of funny as they usually make you use some kind of FEA software to validate the design, but it all comes down to how good you are with Elmer's glue.

It's a great analogy for engineering in general I think.

In true CE fashion, it was designed for a one-time static load.

A truss bridge that used bad bolts or welds would fail in the same way. It's all about engineering around the weak parts of your design. Doesn't matter if it's steel and concrete or balsa and hot glue.

what are the best resources to refresh my knowledge of the core mechanical engineering subjects?

what are the best resources to refresh my knowledge of the core mechanical engineering subjects?

I graduated college about 3 years ago, and I am already noticing myself forgetting some things from my core mechanical engineering courses (thermo, heat transfer, fluids, mechanics, etc...).

Are there any good resources that will give me a good refresher on all of these subjects? Would practice FE/PE exams be what I should be going through? Any advice helps, thanks.

You can do some of my homework if you like

I find the FE Review Book helps me stay sharp.

MIT open courseware might have some useful material

I would think a practice PE would be a good place to start because it would let you know what you are actually deficient in. Then? I'd probably look back through my old notes and textbooks on those subjects

A building suddenly collapsing after a 7.1 earthquake strikes Mexico City. - can someone explain why there is no resistance as it came down.

A building suddenly collapsing after a 7.1 earthquake strikes Mexico City. - can someone explain ...

It would appear to be made of brick, which performs poorly in earthquakes if not reinforced.


See the swaying? Because it's fixed to the ground, one side is put in tension and the other sees more compression than normal, then the building leans the other way and the side with the tension load switches. Masonry/brick buildings do very poorly in tension, brick and mortar has several thousand psi of capacity in compression but only a few hundred in tension.

Best guess (based on the video and common earthquake failure modes for that kind of structure) is the tension loading caused a column to be damaged, then when the building leaned the other way, more load than normal was applied to the damaged column. The column failed and the building underwent disproportionate collapse (that's the rapid collapse you saw).

Collapsing at or near free fall speeds isn't unusual when brittle failure occurs (a common mode of failure for rigid structures like masonry) because the failure is abrupt and the loads it supported are allowed to fall. Building support systems are designed to resist the load of a building at rest. Once all that weight starts to move quickly the remaining support system doesn't have the capacity to slow it down so the failure dominos and the whole structure rapidly collapses.

You prevent this by designing for ductile failure, so more energy is absorbed by deforming the structure and making it clear to the occupants that the building is compromised and they should evacuate. You can reduce the likelihood of brittle failure by using steel to carry tension loads, reduce overall loads using base isolation or avoiding masonry (brittle material) altogether in earthquake prone regions (timber, steel and reinforced concrete have better performance than brick).

Edit~ Clarified disproportionate collapse. I tried to avoid jargon and ended up inserting it in the end with no explanation.

It's still shaking; you can see perturbations in the puddles on the ground.

Stabilise the building? I think it’s a little too late for that.

Colorado State Student Performing Structural Integrity Test (X-Post r/whitepeoplegifs)

I gotta think him landing off center playing a big part here. Landing right above the support definitely helped keep the table up, but still that's amazing it held.

But let's take a moment to thank the plastic retaining its shape. Had it broken, the metal upright could do some damage.

Trying to break metal at it's strongest most stable point. Murica

I know "Rule 6) No low-effort posts. This includes jokes, puns, etc." Technically the title is correct though.

Seriously the first thing that came to my mind when I saw this was "The engineer who designed this table (able to sustain a ~150lbs(?) weight dropped from 3 stories up and remain perfectly intact) built this thing like a rock"

Besides, I didn't know where else on Reddit to go for engineering humor.


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this gear box

this gear box

Although the concept is really interesting, the video is awful... music volume way too high, voice volume way too low and also voice too monotonous and droning to listen to...

why this isn't efficient or feasible though.

Absolute pain in the ass to manufacture.

Maybe. But there are still some unwritten minimum standards that this video does not live up to...

Thats really cool actually. I wonder if someone after me with more knowledge on this topic will pop in and give reasons why this isn't efficient or feasible though. Hope not lol, because I would love to do away with the regular old gear and chain on any of my bikes.

What an engineer gets his son when he graduates from undergraduate <3

What an engineer gets his son when he graduates from undergraduate <3

Oh we're not supposed to steal them from work?

Just remember to bring them back for calibration every year.

My wife forgot about calibration day while she was out of the country for a work trip, I had to dig through the shed to find the right pair of calipers and then drive them to her work so nobody would get in trouble for having an uncalibrated caliper on hand. I had no idea it was that serious.

Oh, an engineer's C-clamp!

Paper robotics

What type of witchcraft is this!

Don't spread bad information, they are small robots on wheels. They just do a few simple behaviors.

Stop motion animation?

This is really cool. Anywhere I can read about this?

Acrobot (xpost r/interestingasfuck)

The way the robot grabbed the bar again was very impressive and caught me off guard. Well done!

|10| |9| |10| \O/ \O/ \O/ | | | /\ /\ /\


Are you the robot?

This is a mercury vapor rectifier. It turns two or three phase alternating current (AC) into direct current (DC) (xpost r/interestingasfuck)

and now all you need is a chip that you can hold in the palm of your hands, thank goodness for engineers!

It operates on the difference in electron work function between two materials. In this case mercury, which has a very low work function, and carbon/graphite which has a very high work function. So it's easier for electrons to exit the puddle of mercury than to exit the graphite electrodes. Hence it works like a check valve.

The operating principle of semiconductors also operations on difference in excitation energies. However the check valve function in semiconductor diodes is mostly provided by the increase of width of the p-n depletion region when a reverse bias voltage is applied.

But what have we lost? Our grand fathers practiced mad science in rooms full of glowing vials, bubbling concoctions, arcing tesla coils - now where are we? It's just a guy sitting in front of a computer.

Or, now hear me out, 4 diodes and a capacitor :P

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