Mathematics Department Seminar 10/19/11

The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department will be hosting its next monthly Mathematics Seminar on Wednesday, October 19, 3:00 – 4:00 PM in 108 Cook. Our speaker will be former GRCC student Brian Deurloo. Brian is the lead engineer in Ford’s automatic transmission development center, and he is currently working on “very new and exciting technology for Lincoln that will be coming out late next year.” The title and abstract of Brian’s talk may be found below.

This presentation should be of interest to students and faculty in Mathematics, Physics, Engineering and Automotive Technology. Knowledge of algebra, trigonometry and statistics would be helpful. Anyone from the greater GRCC community may attend.

Pop and cookies will be served at 2:45 PM.

Mathematics is with me every time I shift

ABSTRACT: In the world of manufacturing and design, mathematics is the backbone which governs the systems we build for use in the real world. As an engineer it is essential to understand how these theoretical models perform so that each design can be optimized to ensure flawless function in the presence of the many noise factors from manufacturing.

In this presentation we will look at the theoretical “nominal” design of an automatic transmission shift system through the eyes of the trigonometry and algebra that governs it. Synchronization of these “cord length” travels between the shift lever and transmission lever are critical to all of the aspects of the shift system function. Finally, we will use some computer generated normally distributed statistical distributions to add in the variability of the system components to understand how to bring the theory into real world practice.

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