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### I have inherited a product with inconsistent designs sharing the same part number. What do I do?

I am now in charge of a product line my company has been shipping for a decade. One of the previous product engineers was... shall we say, less than conscientious about sustainability and proper ...
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### Is interference between aircraft an issue for fly-by-wireless technology?

I was reading up on fly-by-wire development, and I saw a short section about fly-by-wireless technology. It seems like a great idea, with the potential to lower costs, weight and complexity. I can see ...
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### Why does reducing the amount of emissions control improve the fuel economy of a car?

In addition to power and performance, one of the reasons VW cheated their emissions results was to improve the fuel economy of their cars. Why exactly does this happen? I'm familiar with cars and how ...
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### Steel selection for building a trailer

I'm thinking about building another trailer. I've built lots of smaller trailers in the past, but this time I'd like to build myself a small tandem axle gooseneck rated for 7,500 lbs. I am a ...
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### Can the structural integrity of bridges be measured in real-time for safety?

As a follow up to this question, I wonder if structural integrity monitoring information can be provided real-time and to a sufficient degree that safety decisions can realistically be made from the ...
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### Interpretation of shear flow/shear center of L-profile

I have calculated the shear flows and center of an L shaped profile. I assume they are correctly calculated (I followed the same steps as during the lectures for an I shaped profile). However, I have ...
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### Creating smooth shaft resistance

I am trying to emulate the resistance of a hand wheel which moves a table via a series of shafts and chains which turn an acme screw. I am switching to a CNC system that will allow the user to keep ...
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Quite often while calculating angular velocity we come across the quantity radians per second. Dimensionally how do i treat radian as?Explain vividly.
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### Having three heaters on single PCB

I posted this question on electronics SE, but was suggested that I post it here. I basically having three heaters (serpentine pattern) on a PCB (fiberglass board), as the following image shows: The ...
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### Technical Analysis to determine optimal Cellular to transmitter location

At a very high level what are required technical analysis to determine the need to for a new 4G LTE cellular transmitter in US? find find the optimal location for the transmitter in US? Back Story: ...
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### Is pin column-beam joint always have less moment, more deflection compared to fixed joint?

I am referring to the answer here: It seems that on a simple structure (The diagrams on the left the images below have fully-fixed connections, while on the right the columns are pinned connections ...
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### How were the sequence of bar widths assigned to digits 0-9 for UPC barcodes?

UPC barcodes are comprised of a series of black and white bars. Bars can range in width from 1 to 4 (1 being the thinnest and 4 being the thickest). Each digit, 0 through 9 is encoded using exactly 4 ...
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### What causes Rolling Resistance?

I am currently reading “Fundamentals Of Vehicle Dynamics” by Thomas D. Gillespie. The author mentions how the asymmetric pressure distribution across the length of the contact patch of a tire while ...
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### Motor Driver board: limited current

I'm having some trouble using a motor driver board. I'm pretty sure its being driven properly since there is ~3V @ the output v.s. none when its off. However it should be supplying ~2A (rectifier ...
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### How to design a vacuum climbing robot

I'm trying to design a mobile robot which has to climb over flat 60° inclined wet glass surfaces. I was thinking to use a large vacuum system composed by a large fan connected to a brushless motor. ...
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### How to draw isometric view of this shape?

I'm having trouble drawing an isometric view of this shape: I've only just started an engineering course and so far it's involved a lot of drawing which I usually can do but I can't seem to figure ...
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### Which components to use for a CO2 gas storage?

I have a CO2 production for my aquariums (currently 2, but the solution should be extenable to - let's say - 5) based on fermentation of bio mass (CO2 is used as fertilizer there) which consist of a ...
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### Would a structurally sound pressure cooker be able to withstand an internal vacuum?

Would the body of a normal round pot shaped pressure cooker (built to cook foods at 15 psi) be able to withstand being evacuated down to high-vacuum pressures? Apparently it has been done before: i.e....
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### What is the sequence of exams to become a Professional Engineer in California?

I'm in school for electronics engineering. Would someone lay out the high level steps in becoming a professional engineer (PE) in the state of California?
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### Why do cars have mirrors for rear view rather than cameras?

Despite having so much technological advancement, I wonder why cars still uses mirrors (right and left side of the driver) for the rear view. These mirrors can be easily replaced by cameras and ...
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### How do engineers really use numerical simulation?

Disclaimer I'm an applied mathematician by training, not an engineer. My work research primarily focuses on creating new "methods" to solve different PDE's related to solid deformation (elasticity) ...
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### Involute gear curve when root diameter falls below base diameter

The answer to a question on involute gear curve calculations shows how the gear tooth curve proceeds as an involute calculation from the base diameter. If the pitch diameter is D = m.N where N is the ...
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### Is it possible for a bicycle chainwheel to have a fractional number of teeth?

Background In the world of bicycle motocross, also known as BMX racing, gearing is a hotly-debated topic. Since the bikes are all single-speed, gear ratio is a fixed number defined as ...
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### Quantifying inertia on the electricity grid

A lot of discussion about the modernisation of electricity systems is about "inertia". This is usually a qualitative discussion about how turbines (in hydro, coal & gas plants) with lots of ...
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### My customer wants to use my products to do something unsafe. What is my ethical obligation?

We sell products that attach to a motor drive's DC bus. We also formerly sold diode kits that let you hook one product up to multiple drives. We stopped selling those diode kits because they were ...
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### Why dig out and then fill in before building a large structure?

I work in the middle of London, in an area full of large office blocks. Across the road from my office they have started construction of a large building (10 stories plus). Over the last few weeks, ...
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### How to know whether the flow is supersonic in a nozzle?

For a project I had built a convergent divergent nozzle designed for Mach number = 3. In that project, I could know the flow has gone supersonic by seeing the manometer fixed between the throat and ...