TIET Newsletter
May 2016
In this Issue
  • A Japanese Architect Is Working On An 'Invisible' Train
  • 3-D Printing Opens Up New Dimension For Surgeons
  • Researchers Develop Improved Self-Consolidating Hybrid Fiber Reinforced Concrete
  • TIET Updates

A Japanese Architect Is Working On An 'Invisible' Train
Kazuyo Sejima, a Japanese architect, is known for making buildings that blend into the environment. Her style has been described as "fluid, transparent and intertwined with nature" and it has earned her a Pritzker Prize. An example of her style can be found in northern France at Le Louvre Lens.

Sejima is now working on a train that would blend into the landscape. Seibu Group, known in Japan for its trains and hotels, has commissioned her and her firm SANAA to do just that. Limited-edition trains with her touch are expected to roll out in 2018 as part of the company's 100-year anniversary celebrations. She'll modify existing trains, rather than work on new ones. Like many of her buildings, the trains will feature a reflective surface, allowing them to "disappear" into rural and urban vistas as they connect Tokyo to other parts of Japan, including the mountains of Chichibu.

3-D Printing Opens Up New Dimension For Surgeons
UC Davis physician Gary Raff was treating a 19-month-old with a congenital heart defect when he realized he had reached a rare crossroads - he wasn't sure what to do next. The girl had a complex constellation of arteries coming off her heart and only 1 1/4 ventricles rather than the usual two.

Having already looked at her CT scans, the pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon put in a request for something different, and unlikely just a few years ago. He ordered up an exact replica of her heart made of flexible plastic, created by three-dimensional printing technology at the Translating Engineering Advances to Medicine, or TEAM, laboratory on the university's campus. Such organ models are among the newest medical innovations made possible by the burgeoning, but expensive, printing technology, providing a dramatically different perspective on difficult cases, Raff said. In the operating room, the models can offer crucial information on how to proceed, or whether it's safe to operate at all.

There's just something about having a model in your hands and being able to go over. It doesn't have the same tactile feel as the actual organ, but helps determine the approach to be used. Being able to work with the printed model helped Raff develop plans A, B, C and D and choose a safer and more efficient route than the one he was initially considering. Raff successfully performed his young patient's aortic translocation, a removal of an obstruction under the pulmonic and aortic valves.

Researchers Develop Improved Self-Consolidating Hybrid Fiber Reinforced Concrete
Researchers at University of California develop improved self-consolidating hybrid fiber reinforced concrete composite. The composite exhibits high workability and deflection hardening behaviour and the fibers ensure ductile response and internal confinement in compression. The workability of an existing Hybrid Fiber-Reinforced Concrete (HyFRC) composite is improved through the incorporation of concepts from the field of Self-Consolidating Concrete (SCC). The resulting composite, achieved through a described parametric study, allows for easier placement within areas of high reinforcement congestion while maintaining the desired mechanical performance benefits inherent to high performance hybrid fiber-reinforced concrete composites. Retention of the strengthening and ductility enhancement, characteristic of the original HyFRC, is gauged by material response to direct tension and four point bending tests.

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Swiss Institute of Technology (ETHZ), and the Italian National Research Council (CNR) have developed a plan called Light Traffic that's similar to slot-based management systems used in air traffic control.

The designated goal of the SC-HyFRC mix is to provide an optimal structural material for construction in which concrete might be expected to face tension, compression and bending as part of a common service load and must be designed to withstand high levels of deformation under maximum credible earthquake or similar design scenarios. The ductility response of Self Consolidating Hybrid Fiber Reinforced Concrete (SC-HyFRC) to severe loading is then investigated through a comparison with conventional concrete by conducting reinforced compression and tensile tests. In both scenarios the presence of hybrid fiber reinforcement is shown to provide an improvement to the phenomena of internal confinement and tension stiffening, for compression and tension loading respectively, which allow for a significantly improved post cracking response.

  • TIET provided training to the design engineers of Frischmann Prabhu (India) Pvt Ltd on Revit.

  • TIET provided training on AutoCAD Plant 3D to the design team of COWI India (P) Ltd, a leading service provider in the field of digital mapping & GIS applications, photogrammetry, bridges & tunnels, marine structures.

  • TIET held its first campus recruitment drive at World Institute of Technology (WIT) and Kamrah Institute of Engineering Technology (KIIT), Gurgaon.

  • TIET provided training to ACE Automation on SOLIDWORKS.

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