The Century-Old Panama Canal is Opening Up to a Busy Future
GE – The Panama Canal is a full century old, but that doesn’t mean it still can’t grow. The 48-mile-long landmark that cuts across “the backbone of the Western Hemisphere” is going through the final year of a massive expansion. When work is completed in 2015, new locks will allow giant “New Panamax” class of container ships and supertankers through and boost the canal’s capacity by half.
In 1914, the canal used 500 GE motors to operate the locks, with 500 more installed elsewhere in the system. GE also built the power plants that provided the canal with electricity and designed the centralized control equipment for the locks.
One historian noted that GE “produced about half the electrical equipment needed during construction and virtually all of the permanent motors, relays, switches, wiring and generating equipment. They also built the original locks towing locomotives and all of the lighting.”
Those 40 electric towing locomotives were made in Schenectady, NY. Since ships were not permitted to pass through the locks under their own power, these “lock mules” rode on rails next to the canal and pulled them through the locks. Custom gears and electrical design allowed them to run as slow as 1 mph, the speed required for gently tugging large vessels. more> http://tinyurl.com/kuvm694
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Modeling the truck as a whole: Scania uses LMS Imagine.Lab Amesim for testing approach
SIEMENS – Just how do you design a truck?
And especially a truck that needs to haul loads of timber out of snowy Scandinavian forests or coal out of dusty, unpredictable Indonesian mines?
Or, simply be able to run dependably 24 hours a day, seven days a week on the highway?
Precision is the answer for Scania. Obtaining this precision equals the right type of design early in the process. This is just one of the reasons why this global truck manufacturer uses LMS Imagine.Lab™ software. The engineering team counts on this tool to simulate the entire vehicle dynamics, including the hydraulics and the driveline, and to couple various systems such as electronics to create a “virtual” truck.
A leader in the truck and bus market, the Swedish multinational was founded in 1891. Since then, the company has produced and delivered more than 1,400,000 trucks and buses for heavy transportation. You can imagine that a lot has changed since Gustaf Eriksson designed a usable petrol engine in 1902, the year the company manufactured its first truck. more> http://tinyurl.com/l3er3qc
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Why The Queen Smashed A Perfectly Good Bottle of Whisky on Her Navy’s Largest Ship
GE – The whisky came from a special barrel set aside in 1980, when the Queen came to Bowmore, her first and only visit to a whisky distillery in an official capacity.
The 65,000-ton steel ship was assembled in Rosyth, Scotland, hence the use of whiskey instead of champagne. It is the first of two ships in the Royal Navy’s new class of aircraft carriers called the Queen Elizabeth Class (QEC). When completed, HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales will be the second largest aircraft carriers in the world after America’s Nimitz Class ships.
The British vessels will also be the world’s first all-electric aircraft carriers. They will rely on technology from GE’s Power Conversion unit, which built the aircraft carrier’s integrated full electric propulsion systems and electrical power control and management systems.
The electrical systems allowed ship builders to shrink the overall size of the cables, equipment and propulsion machinery that power the propellers, and leave more room for crew and aircraft. The Royal Navy will be also able to operate the vessels more efficiently. more> http://tinyurl.com/nhk97m8
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