SpinOffs

A blog on what's new, notable, and next in turbomachinery

Barbara Shea

Top Summer Vacations for Turbomachinery Engineers

Top Summer Vacations for Turbomachinery Engineers

By Barbara Shea
Jun 14, 2019

Summer is almost here, at least in my hemisphere, so here are some of the best places around the world people in the turbomachinery industry might find interesting! Know of another? Share your...

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The Tesla Turbine – A Solution Looking for the Right Problem

The Tesla Turbine – A Solution Looking for the Right Problem

By Barbara Shea
May 17, 2019

The great engineer, Dr. Nikola Tesla, is best known for his work with alternating current (AC) electricity, but, did you know that he patented a bladeless type of turbomachinery in 1913? Called the...

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7 Turbomachinery Themed Valentine’s Day Cards – Which is Your Favorite?

7 Turbomachinery Themed Valentine’s Day Cards – Which is Your Favorite?

By Barbara Shea
Feb 8, 2019

Valentine’s Day is February 14, and while some cynics refer to it as a “Hallmark holiday”, most people commemorate the day in some way. One of the biggest challenges is finding a card that perfectly...

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20 Great Gifts for Engineers from $10 to $2 Million

20 Great Gifts for Engineers from $10 to $2 Million

By Barbara Shea
Nov 23, 2018

Gifts for Engineers can usually be segmented into a few categories: Things you have to put together, science fiction, gaming, new technology, and witty phrases printed on stuff. A Google search of...

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Top Five Coolest Turbomachinery Applications

Top Five Coolest Turbomachinery Applications

By Barbara Shea
Oct 4, 2018

Most people have no idea what turbomachinery is, but some of the coolest things on (or off) this planet involve turbomachines.  Here are my picks for the top 5. 

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Designing Turbomachinery is like Solving a Rubik's Cube

Designing Turbomachinery is like Solving a Rubik's Cube

By Barbara Shea
Sep 21, 2018

I think we can all agree that designing turbomachinery is hard. There are just so many moving parts (pun intended) in the design process, and they are all interconnected.  When you change the blade...

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A Small Taste of Two Papers from Turbo Expo 2018 in Norway

A Small Taste of Two Papers from Turbo Expo 2018 in Norway

By Barbara Shea
Jun 14, 2018

The 2018 ASME Turbo Expo in Lillestrøm, Norway was, as always,  a smorgasbord of papers and presentations on the latest and greatest ideas in turbomachinery and gas turbines. Two of our favorites...

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Online Versus In Person Training: The Pros and Cons

Online Versus In Person Training: The Pros and Cons

By Barbara Shea
Jun 8, 2018

Ongoing education is a reality for most professionals. The training requirements are usually set by employers or professional associations with the goal of keeping employees and members up to date...

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Robot Engineers?

Robot Engineers?

By Barbara Shea
Dec 14, 2017

Wouldn’t it be ironic if the profession that is creating all the robots was eventually replaced by them? It could happen. Engineering is all about applying laws, measurements, facts, and analysis to...

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When the Dream Turns Into a Nightmare: Resilient Power for Island Economies

When the Dream Turns Into a Nightmare: Resilient Power for Island Economies

By Barbara Shea
Nov 2, 2017

Who has not dreamed of living on an island? You’re getting away from it all, walking alone along a secluded beach, as the ocean gently laps at shore…ahhhh. Excuse me – I have to go search for...

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When and Why You Should Hire an Expert

When and Why You Should Hire an Expert

By Barbara Shea
Aug 17, 2017

Every company in the turbomachinery industry needs robust technical expertise to survive in this very mature business. Whether you make a rotating component or use one in a product, your in-house...

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Turbomachinery Textbooks Focused on Engineering Design

Turbomachinery Textbooks Focused on Engineering Design

By Barbara Shea
Jul 14, 2017

The vast majority of turbomachinery textbooks emphasize analysis when the heart of engineering is based in design. Concepts NREC is uniquely qualified to share the nature and process of engineering...

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Designing Gas Turbines - It Really Requires Rocket Science

Designing Gas Turbines - It Really Requires Rocket Science

By Barbara Shea
Feb 16, 2017

Engineers who design aircraft engines face a conundrum. Gas turbines in aircraft engines have to operate at very high temperatures for thermal efficiency and power output. These high temperatures put...

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Didn't Make it to ASME Turbo Expo in Seoul? Here are our papers you missed.

Didn't Make it to ASME Turbo Expo in Seoul? Here are our papers you missed.

By Barbara Shea
Jan 10, 2017

ASME’s Turbo Expo technical conference is THE industry event for bringing together experts from around the world to talk about the latest innovations in turbine technology.  Last year’s event in...

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Introducing SpinOffs - The Blog

By Barbara Shea
Sep 23, 2016

Today, Concepts NREC is launching our new online blog, named SpinOffs as an homage to the company's printed newsletter of the same name.  The company’s first newsletter came out in 1986 with the goal...

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