October 2011 Vol. 62
AZ ASME Naval Observatory Flagstaff Tour
Date: Friday October 21st, 2011
Location: Naval Observatory, Flagstaff
10391 West Naval Observatory Road, Flagstaff, AZ—86001
Meet at NAU in the engineering building (building #69) in the internet
cafe at 5:30PM. http://home.nau.edu/maps/parking_map_2010.pdf .It is easiest to park in
REGISTRATION: Please respond to Rachael Harley at email@example.com if you will be attending.
RSVP limit is 20.
Established in 1955
a few miles west of
station is the US Na-
dark-sky site for op-
tical and near
There are presently
two USNO sites in
area: this station (NOFS) and the Navy Prototype Optical Interferometer
(NPOI), located some 15 miles south of the city. The mission of the U.S.
Naval Observatory, Flagstaff Station, is: To make, analyze, and interpret
such astrometric and photometric dark sky observations as are required to
fulfill the mission of the U.S. Naval Observa-
To conduct a research program to improve
the observational methods and the
accuracy of astronomical data required by
the Navy and other components of
the Department of Defense.
If you wish to stay the night in Flagstaff, we
have blocked a few rooms at
the Radisson Woodlands Hotel, 1175 West
Route 66 (928) 773-8888 for the
night of October 21. They are offering
rooms with 2 queen beds or a king
for the rate of $109. You must book before October 3 to get this rate.
Note that it is homecoming weekend in Flagstaff so rooms are at a premium.
Mention “ASME” to get the special rate.
Page 2 Arizona Section Newsletter
Meet the New ASME Fellow From Arizona
Markland Jones is retired from a successful professional ca-
reer in gas turbine but stays busy with consulting and ASME
activities. He is currently treasurer and past chair of the
Arizona Section of ASME. He was instrumental in starting the
Gas Turbine Technical Chapter Arizona. He holds a B.S. and
M.S. in Mechanical Engi-
neering from the Univer-
sity of California,
Berkeley where he spe-
cialized in Aerodynamics
with additional studies
at the University of
Mark's work at Honeywell/
gines included managing
teams developing complex
Mark has co-authored and
technical papers and has participated as a panel member at the
IGTI Gas Turbine Conference on multiple occasions.
Mark recently became an ASME Fellow! The ASME Board of Gover-
nors confers the Fellow grade of membership on worthy candi-
dates to recognize their outstanding engineering achievements.
Nominated by their peers, ASME Fellows have had 10 or more
years of active practice and at least 10 years of continuous
active corporate membership in ASME.
Page 3 Arizona Section Newsletter
Boeing rolls out 787 Dreamliner after years of delay
By Patrick Oppmann, CNN
August 7, 2011 2:37 p.m. EDT
Everett, Washington (CNN) -- The Boeing 787 Dream-
liner sparkled Saturday in rare Pacific northwest sunshine
as the plane made its long-awaited debut.
Three years overdue and billions of dollars over the
budget, Boeing will finally deliver the 787 Dreamliner to
Japan's All Nippon Airways next month in Tokyo.
The plane is scheduled to be the first to carry commercial
passengers in the 787 Dreamliner series, which has been
plagued by delays but promises to revolutionize air travel.
"We are rolling out the first delivery airplane, the first 787.
That's an amazing thing for those who have worked on
the program five, six, seven years, here at Boeing and
our partners around the world," said Scott Fancher, Boe-
ing's vice president and general manager of the 787 pro-
The plane is the first commercial airliner to be made mostly of carbon composites or super durable plastic. Those materials mean a
lighter plane that Boeing says could use 20% less fuel than conventional airliners, making way for a more environmentally-friendly
and cost effective aircraft option for airlines.
So far, according to Boeing, the manufacturer has more than 800 orders for
the 787 Dreamliner, which has a list price of about $200 million per plane.
The interior of the plane also sports a variety of upgrades. Gone are tradi-
tional plane window shades. Instead, a button on the window allows pas-
sengers to gradually darken their surroundings.
Boeing is developing two Dreamliners. The first version, the 787-8, holds
210 to 250 passengers on routes. A second version, the 787-9, holds 250
to 290 passengers and is designed for longer international routes.
All Nippon Airways has ordered 55 Dreamliners and Mitsuo Morimoto, the
airline's senior vice president, said the airline will develop new routes
around the Dreamliner's capabilities.
"We plan to use the 787 to expand our business, particularly our international routes. We plan to increase our revenue from interna-
tional route significantly and the 787 will play an instrumental role in this," Morimoto said.
The airline is considering a route from Japan to the U.S. or Europe that would employ the 787 Dreamliner, Morimoto said.
Despite the 787 Dreamliner's revolutionary promise, Boeing has struggled to manufacture the plane.
Boeing's outsourcing of much of the plane's construction to an army of contractors around the world led to delays and cost ov er-
The future of a new assembly plant in South Carolina is also in doubt. Boeing's machinist union accuses the manufacturer of putting
the plant there rather than in Washington state to take advantage of South Carolina's weaker labor laws.
The National Labor Relations Board has threatened to shut down the plant. To meet demand for the new plane, Boeing said it will
need to increase production of the plane from two 787 Dreamliners a month to 10 a month by the end of 2013.
"It's an extraordinary challenge, no one has ever built a wide body aircraft
at the rate of 10 per month before. So I think Boeing has its work cut out
for it," said John Ostrower, a writer for Flight International Magazine.
"I would say the biggest challenge is as they head into this ramp up is
making sure 787 is as profitable for themselves as they hope it will be for
their customers," Ostrower said.
The airline will inaugurate the 787 Dreamliner on a special charter from
Tokyo to Hong Kong this fall, the company said.
Page 4 Arizona Section Newsletter
Nature Offers Key Lessons On Harvesting Solar Power, Say Chemists
ScienceDaily (Sep. 24, 2011) — Clean solutions to human en-
ergy demands are essential to our future. While sunlight is the
most abundant source of energy at our disposal, we have yet
to learn how to capture, transfer and store solar energy effi-
ciently. According to University of Toronto chemistry profes-
sor Greg Scholes, the answers can be found in the complex
systems at work in nature.
"Solar fuel production often starts with the energy from light
being absorbed by an assembly of molecules," said Scholes,
the D.J. LeRoy Distinguished Professor at U of T. "The en-
ergy is stored fleetingly as vibrating electrons and then trans-
ferred to a suitable reactor. It is the same in biological sys-
tems. In photosynthesis, for example, antenna complexes
composed of chlorophyll capture sunlight and direct the en-
ergy to special proteins called reaction centres that help make
oxygen and sugars. It is like plugging those proteins into a so-
lar power socket."
In an article in Nature Chemistry to be published Sept. 23,
Scholes and colleagues from several other universities exam-
ine the latest research in various natural antenna complexes.
Using lessons learned from these natural phenomena, they
provide a framework for how to design light harvesting sys-
tems that will route the flow of energy in sophisticated ways
and over long distances, providing a microscopic "energy
grid" to regulate solar energy conversion.
A key challenge is that the energy from sunlight is captured
by coloured molecules called dyes or pigments, but is stored
for only a billionth of a second. This leaves little time to route
the energy from pigments to molecular machinery that produces fuel or electricity. How can we har-
vest sunlight and utilize its energy before it is lost?
"This is why natural photosynthesis is so inspiring," said Scholes. "More than 10 million billion pho-
tons of light strike a leaf each second. Of these, almost every red-coloured photon is captured by chlo-
rophyll pigments which feed plant growth." Learning the workings of these natural light-harvesting
systems fostered a vision, proposed by Scholes and his co-authors, to design and demonstrate molecu-
lar "circuitry" that is 10 times smaller than the thinnest electrical wire in computer processors. These
energy circuits could control, regulate, direct and amplify raw solar energy which has been captured
by human-made pigments, thus preventing the loss of precious energy before it is utilized.
Last year, Scholes led a team that showed that marine algae, a normally functioning biological system,
uses quantum mechanics in order to optimize photosynthesis, a process essential to its survival. These
and other insights from the natural world promise to revolutionize our ability to harness the power of
"Lessons from nature about solar light harvesting" was written by Scholes, Graham Fleming of the
University of California, Berkeley, Alexandra Olaya-Castro of University College, London UK and
Rienk van Grondelle of VU University in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Page 5 Arizona Section Newsletter
Your Section Executive Committee and
Operating Board for ‘11 -’12
Visit the ASME web page: 2011-2012 Schedule of
If we can help you, please feel free to www.asme.org
contact us. We look forward to serv- Connect to the Arizona section page through the
links page. September 16, 2011
ing the AZ Section members. Phoenix National Laboratory Tour
October 21, 2011
2011-2012 Executive Com- Naval Observatory Tour
mittee Shower your colleagues with the November 2011
benefits of Nissan Proving Ground, Nu-
Chair - Cynthia Stong √ Mechanical Engineering Maga- clear Power Tour
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Vice Chair—Stella Dearing √ Latest Technical Information
√ Professional Development Mine Tour, Globe
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Vice Chair(Tusc)-Alan Rose Expositions Honors and Awards Banquet
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Group Metro Rail
Past-Chair - Boris Bolf √ Networking Opportunities
Annual Steak Fry
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Treasurer - Markland Jones Coldstone/Winery Tour
Jonesm1@asme.org Planning Meeting
Secretary –John Gunaraj
Director 11-12 - Eric Smith
Smithe7@ASME.org Non-Profit Org.
Director 11-13 -Terri Taylor U.S. Postage Paid
firstname.lastname@example.org Permit No. 1140
Phoenix AZ. 850
Director 11-14 –Den Kudrna
The American Society of The following has been quoted from the AZ ASME
Constitution of the American Society of
Mechanical Engineers Mechanical Engineers. Revised to October,
Arizona Section 1991.
10801 N. 37th Drive C5.1.2 The provisions of the
Constitution, By-Laws and Policies and
Phoenix, AZ 85029-4011 Procedures established by the Board of
Governors of the Society shall govern the
procedure of all components of the Society
but no action or obligation of such compo-
nents shall be considered an action or
obligation of the society as a whole. This
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