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RCI’s YouTube Channel – Direct Training Material

Watch free HD Training provided through our RCI YouTube channel. Subscribe today to get notifications of all new material. We are proud to announce the launch of our YouTube channel where HD content will be available 24 hr/day. Subscribe Here The channel will provide original content across a spectrum of engineering topics and serve as […]

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Production Finite Element Webinar Series (Industry Best Practices)

RCI will be conducting a four part Webinar on Best Practices for FEA modeling starting in February 2014. The series will include separate 45 minute lectures on the following topics critical to producing reliable models in a production environment. 1) Introduction to engineering modeling 2) Building the model you want 3) Model Checks Pre/Post 4) […]

Elements of Engineering Excellence

NASA looked back on it’s illustrious history and condensed the traits that were responsible for it’s mission successes. They got it down to 9 principles and 27 lessons learned. This list represents over 1 trillion dollars of hardware development. It is foolish to ignore it. Elements of Engineering Excellence (start here) Additionally referenced reports Lessons […]

RCI Recommended Text Editors

Engineers should have a good text editor in their toolbox of software tools. Some traits of a good text editor are: Ability to open unlimited size files (i.e. multi-gigabyte) Cross platform (same editor on Windows, Linux, etc.) Free or very low cost Column editing/cutting No administrator install requirements fast search/replace functionality Here are some good […]

Transient Analysis of a Train

Transient moving load going down a set of elevated rail road tracks. The Analysis was done in NX/Nastran solution 129 and presents a random spectrum moving down the train track 30mph. The spectrum was converted into a time domain random signal and then applied as a moving load going from left to right over approximately […]

Kelly Johnson’s Skunk Work Rules

As part of my series on Successful Lists, Kelly Johnson ranks among the best. Primarily due to his tremendous record in aviation and the fact that he was perhaps the first to create an entirely new corporate structure that is now referred to as “Skunk Works.”     The Skunk Works manager must be delegated […]

Scheduling – Who does What by When?

Schedule management is easy to implement when it’s done right, otherwise get ready to do multiple re-baselines. The process is similar wherever you look, including NASA schedule management guidelines, DoD Program life cycle guidelines, or Project Management Institute.  Figure 1 illustrates the six steps: define activities, sequence activities, estimate activity duration and resources, develop schedule, […]

Great Engineers Program

Introduction Programming is one of the few skills that separates the great engineers from the merely good ones. Programming is also the best tool I’m aware of for teaching one of the three most important traits of great engineers, curiosity (the other two are being hungry and having enough talent). The value of programming is […]

Design of Aerospace Mechanisms

Download 43 Volumes Now I have recently had the opportunity to work with some clients who are developing space mechanisms. This is a very specialized field with 60 years of tribal knowledge. When working at NASA I was exposed to the Aerospace Mechanisms Symposium which is the semi-annual gathering for all things space mechanism. It […]

Book Review – Material Selection in Mechanical Design, Fourth Edition

Material Selection in Mechanical  Design, Fourth Edition, Michael F. Ashby. This book was introduced to me by a materials engineer I’ve been working with recently. It opened my mind on how to select materials based on different performance metrics. After introducing the concepts of material indices and presenting many families of property selection charts, worked […]