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Photogrammetry and Analysis of Digital Media

Photographs and video recordings of vehicle crashes and accident sites are more prevalent than ever, with dash mounted cameras, surveillance footage, and personal cell phones now ubiquitous. The information contained in these pictures and video provide critical information to understanding how crashes occurred, and in analyzing physical evidence. This course teaches the theory and techniques for getting the most out of digital media, including correctly processing raw video and photographs, correcting for lens distortion, and using photogrammetric techniques to convert the information in digital media to usable scaled three-dimensional data.
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Race Engine Calibration for Optimal Performance

The engine control module (ECM, or on-board computer) is the tool used to control the fuel injection rate, fuel injection timing, ignition timing, rate of exhaust gas recirculation (EGR), and other functions. The task of "programming" the ECM is much easier for a race engine than for a production engine because the calibration engineer does not need to be concerned about emissions: EGR, keeping the exhaust catalyst "happy", etc. This course provides a practical introduction to ECMs, including the uses for the various sensors.
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Statistical Methods for Quality Engineering

Based on your test data or process data, do you ever wonder if: An improved product really performs better? A substitute material really processes the same? A cheaper material really performs satisfactorily? What confidence do you have in the final decision that you make? This seminar will help individuals responsible for product or process development and testing to statistically assess the variation of the product or process performance and make effective decisions with confidence.
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Introduction to Gears

This seminar is designed to provide gear novices with a general understanding of gear nomenclature, geometry, and arrangements. Starting with the basic definition of gears, conjugate motion and the "Laws of Gearing", you will gain a solid understanding of gearing and the fundamentals of rotary motion transfer through gear-trains. Gear classifications, tooth forms and geometry, and very high-level application considerations, manufacturing processes, and inspection techniques will be covered. Attendees will receive a copy of the book, Gear Design Simplified, by Franklin D. Jones & Henry H. Ryffel.
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High-Performance Brake Systems

While most passenger car brake systems are quite robust and reliable under typical operating conditions, high-performance driving and/or racetrack operation generally require alternative design solutions to optimize consistency and longevity. Whether it is brake fluid fade, cracked rotor discs, chronic knockback, or insufficient brake pad life, the stresses of motorsports can pose unique challenges to even the very best brake system designs.
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Reverse Engineering Technology of Reinvention

During the past decade reverse engineering has become a common and acceptable practice utilized by many original equipment manufacturers and suppliers. This course focuses on the application of modern technologies used to decode the design details and manufacturing processes of an existing part in the absence of the original design data. It emphasizes the real-life practice of reverse engineering in the aerospace industry from both scientific and legal points of view. Attendees will learn the applicability and limitations of reverse engineering through case studies and hands-on exercises.
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Introduction to Hydraulic Hybrid Systems for Road Vehicles

Considerable attention has been given to the design and efficiencies of electric hybrid propulsion systems and energy storage technologies. Although they draw much less attention, hydraulic hybrid propulsion and regenerative braking systems for road vehicles are a cost effective alternative to electric systems and have relevance to important sectors of the passenger and commercial vehicle markets. In this two-day seminar, hydraulic hybrid vehicle systems and their potential will be examined using model based evaluations.
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Understanding and Using the SAE J2534-1 API to Access Vehicle Networks

With the increase in vehicle electronics, the need to gather data from the vehicle has never been greater. From vehicle development, through vehicle test to vehicle validation, engineers are required to collect data from the vehicle's network. The SAE J2534-1 API (Recommended Practice for Pass-Thru Vehicle Programming) gives engineers the tool to collect vehicle data from multiple network types including CAN, ISO15765, J1850, ISO9141 and Chrysler SCI, using standard J2534 interface devices. In addition, the aftermarket can access the vehicle's OBDII information from the diagnostic connector.
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Aerospace Program Management - It's More than Scheduling and Delivery

Effective and efficient management of today's complex and integrated programs requires both the refinement of interpersonal and basic leadership skills as well as the application of appropriate technologies and tools. This seminar is intended to introduce basic program management skills and techniques to first-line and mid-level leaders to help them comfortably and confidently assume their role and to aid in assuring program success.
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Fundamentals of Motor Vehicle Fire Investigation

The manner in which a motor vehicle fire is initiated and subsequently spreads is dependent on a number of complex, interdependent, phenomena including combustion kinetics, heat transfer and fluid dynamics. Because the damage caused by a fire is coupled to these phenomena, damage patterns can sometimes be used to understand certain characteristics about the fire. In many cases, the goal is to determine the cause and origin of the fire.
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High Performance Engine Design and Development

Ever since Beau de Rochas patented the four stroke cycle in 1862, engineers have pursued the development of high performance engines for road and racing applications at an accelerated pace. While this course will not cover such ancient history, it will focus on engine design and development advances over the last 40 years from "BC to AD" ("Before Cosworth to After Duckworth"), covering the concepts and designs behind the modern racing engines for series including Formula One, Indy Cars, the IRL, and NASCAR.
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Homogeneous Charge Compression Ignition Engines

The potential benefits of the Homogeneous Charge Compression Ignition (HCCI) engine are numerous and have the potential to combine some of the best features of the Compression Ignition engine with that of the Spark Ignition engine. These benefits include overall engine efficiencies available with compression ignition and the substantially lower emissions of PM and NOx available with spark ignition systems. However, the commercial viability and wide-spread use of the HCCI engine has been slow to materialize due to significant technical challenges.
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Aerospace Product Support Sustainment Throughout the Life Cycle

In today's aerospace industry, product life-cycles are often being extended far beyond a product's original design expectations. With fewer and fewer new aerospace products being introduced into the marketplace, there is a dramatic need for increased emphasis on supporting these products in the most efficient and effective manner possible throughout the entire product life-cycle. In addition to the initial product acquisition cost, customers are becoming more aware and sensitive to the product's total life-cycle cost.
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Flight Control Systems for Transport Aircraft

This four hour short course will provide an overview of the flight control system design of recent transport aircraft. Topics will include the principles, system architectures, power sources, and main components of various technologies of flight control systems including mechanical, hydromechanical, fly-by-wire, power-by-wire, and high-lift systems. Additionally, future trends in flight controls will be discussed.
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Design Considerations for Hydraulically Powered Fly-By-Wire Flight Control Actuation Systems

This four-hour short course will present an overview of hydraulically powered flight control actuation systems used on fly-by-wire aircraft, covering both military and commercial applications. The scope this course covers the issues related to the mechanical design of actuators themselves, as well as their control electronics. Additionally, this course will provide participants an overview of the design considerations behind these flight control actuation systems.
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Creating and Managing a Product Compliance Program

Around the world, and more often than not, government bodies require formal certification of products. As product developers expand into new markets, they will be confronted with new standards, regulations, and customer expectations that may require new compliance processes. A properly run compliance program improves your product"s quality and safety, broadens your product"s market, ensures compliance with regulations and laws, and helps provide protection from future product liability issues. This two-day seminar presents a process development methodology that can be used repeatedly as new compliance requirements emerge.
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Implementing AS9100 Understanding and Transitioning to the New Requirements

Individuals responsible for quality management system, implementation, and transition to the AS9100:2009 series of standards for Aviation, Space, and Defense will require an understanding of the requirements for the preparation and execution of the audit process as defined in these revised standards. Management and implementers of AS9100:2009 Rev. C within these organizations must also be aware of what these changes may mean for their company.
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Seals and Sealing System Design of Actuation Systems in Military and Commercial Aircraft

This four hour short course intends to present an overview of seals and sealing system design for military and commercial aircraft. It is aimed to provide engineers having some previous actuator and control valve design background with an understanding of the general hardware groove standards, standard parts for static applications and how seal designs and sealing systems can be best used in dynamic reciprocating and rotary applications. Information will be provided regarding seal material and fluid compatibility, friction drag, expected wear rates depending on operating conditions and duty cycle, hardware surface finish and topography.
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RFID Selection, Application, and Use in Aerospace, Space, and Transportation

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is an enabling technology that has been widely adopted in the retail industry. The powers of RFID are acknowledged by many, but a lack of understanding of the technology, its limitations, and how to select the right plan for its target installation has slowed efforts to migrate the technology into the aerospace, space, and transportation industries. While RFID is not a new technology, the rate at which it has been integrated into the aerospace industry has been slow due to unique considerations regarding qualification, regulations, and safety.
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Power Electronics for Mechanical Engineers

This 4 hour short course provides an overview of Power Electronics (PE) in use in modern transport aircraft. This course includes the context, principles, design drivers, and the main PE components of various flight applications, including those for harsh environments. This course is designed to deliver and demystify the basic theories and best practices of mechanical, electronics, thermal management, safety, reliability and maintainability disciplines. In addition, future trends in Power Electronics will be discussed.
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