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TACNY Junior Cafe Scientifique: “What Do Rockets And Steamboats Have In Common? See It Through Computational Fluid Dynamics”

Saturday – October 15, 9:30-11:00am

Please RSVP to jrcafe@tacny.org

Milton J Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology – Syracuse, NY

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Scott D. Reynolds, MS, PE, M/E Engineering, and Robert Morris, Partner, R. H. Morris and Associates

Talk Overview

x-43a_hyper_-_x_mach_7_computational_fluid_dynamic_cfdComputational Fluid Dynamics, or CFD, is one of the most advanced disciplines of engineering. CFD modeling has “debunked” many misconceptions, e.g, it is false that planes fly because of lift (pressure created above and below the wing – Bernoulli’s principle). CFD modeling taught us that planes fly because they are virtually pulled up by a vortex forming on the wing top surface. Without CFD modeling, we would have limited improvements in plane design. CFD modeling can be applied to almost anything designed in the past and improve how the technology operates. We will use pictures and animations to illustrate CFD modeling of problems like the gas expansion of steam engines and rocket engines, designing greener and cleaner buildings, building more sterile operating rooms and drug manufacturing facilities, and to model building fires and even wind outside of buildings. Many of you will be using the fundamentals of fluid dynamics as competitors in today’s CNY Steamboat Challenge, and if you are not competing, please stay at the MOST to observe these fundamentals at play in the CNY Steamboat Challenge competition immediately after this talk!


Scott Reynolds has a BS in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering from Clarkson University, and an MS in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from the University of Rochester. He worked for General Electric in the large gas turbine division, then for the Xerox Corporation in the Advanced Product Technology group, and then with IBM in the Advance Product Development group. In 1992, Scott started a consulting firm, Computer Aided Engineering Solutions (CAES), whose primary expertise was the application of CFD to real world problems in the building industry and other high tech areas. He joined M/E Engineering in 2006. Scott has been involved in over 700 CFD projects worldwide during the past 20 years. Scott has authored over 15 trade papers and articles, presented at over 30 conferences, workshops and university classroom settings, authored 7 patents and over 2 dozen invention disclosures while at Xerox and IBM. Scott is a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS)

Robert Morris has electrical engineering and chemical engineering degrees from University of Buffalo. Robert Morris is a partner of the office of R. H. Morris and Associates offering configuration management consultation for both laboratory planning and engineering collaborative planning national for chemical and biological research facilities and pharmaceutical facilities. Before retiring he was president and CEO of Flow Safe Inc., and prior to that, was a manager at Air Monitor Corporation. Earlier in his career, he worked for Union Carbide and Hughes Industries. Mr. Morris was the inventor of closed loop VAV; his patents formed the basis of this industry. His latest patent improvements to his earlier work provide the ultimate in fume hood safety and energy conservation. In 2004, Mr. Morris was made New Jersey’s Inventor of the Year for his work in fume hood design. The stable vortex fume hood is referenced in “Natural Capitalism” as one of the green technologies to help create the next green industrial revolution. Mr. Morris is a life member of the Instrument Society of America and of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

TACNY Junior Cafe Scientifique

TACNY Junior Cafe Scientifique, a program for middle-school students founded in 2005, features discussions between scientists and students about topics in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in an informal atmosphere and seeks to encourage students to consider careers in these areas. Students must be accompanied by an adult and can explore the MOST at no cost after the event.

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