MIT: Independent Activities Period: IAP

IAP 2016 Activities by Sponsor - Chemical Engineering

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COMSOL Multiphysics 5.2 Bootcamp

Mian Qin

Jan/07 Thu 09:00AM-10:30AM 66-110, Introduction to COMSOL Multiphysics & Guided Hands
Jan/07 Thu 10:45AM-12:00PM 66-110, Build & Run Your COMSOL Apps
Jan/07 Thu 12:00PM-01:00PM 66-110, Lunch provided by COMSOL
Jan/07 Thu 01:00PM-02:00PM 66-110, Fluid Flow & Heat Transfer Simulations
Jan/07 Thu 02:00PM-03:00PM 66-110, Optimization
Jan/07 Thu 03:00PM-04:00PM 66-110, Low Frequency Electromagnetics Simulations (ACDC)
Jan/07 Thu 04:00PM-05:00PM 66-110, RF, Microwaves, and Photonics
Jan/07 Thu 05:00PM-05:30PM 66-110, Q&A

Enrollment: Limited: First come, first served (no advance sign-up)
Attendance: Repeating event, particpants welcome at any session

Learn multiphysics simulation with COMSOL experts. These lectures are suitable for anyone with an engineering, physics, or science background, who is interested in developing or using COMSOL models and apps. No previous COMSOL experience necessary.

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Sponsor(s): Chemical Engineering
Contact: Adrienne Bruno, 66-350, 617 253-4562, BRUNOA@MIT.EDU

Inflated Appetite

Wen Wang, Postdoctoral Associate, Chemical Engineering, Lining Yao, Research Assistant, MIT Media Lab, Jifei Ou, Research Assistant, MIT Media Lab, Chin-Yi Cheng, MIT Architecture

Jan/05 Tue 01:00PM-05:00PM E15-344
Jan/06 Wed 01:00PM-05:00PM E15-344
Jan/07 Thu 01:00PM-05:00PM E15-344
Jan/08 Fri 01:00PM-05:00PM E15-344
Jan/11 Mon 01:00PM-05:00PM E15-344
Jan/12 Tue 01:00PM-05:00PM E15-344
Jan/13 Wed 01:00PM-05:00PM E15-344
Jan/14 Thu 01:00PM-05:00PM E15-344
Jan/14 Thu 06:00PM-09:00PM kitchen areas, final event

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Sign-up by 01/01
Limited to 24 participants
Attendance: Participants must attend all sessions
Prereq: Undergrads and grads passionate about design and food

This course teaches the theory, design and fabrication of pneumatic shape-changing interfaces. For hands-on practice, students will design inflatable and edible objects. Two approaches will be used for the design of pneumatic shape-changing food: engineering approach and biological approach.

Engineering approach: Students will be introduced to an electronic pneumatic control toolkit used to create soft transformable objects. We will learn how to work with the toolkit (including an arduino-based programming board, a set of pneumatic circuits, and a series of pneumatic actuators), how to program the board to create interactions and shapes, and how to control the inflation of objects. 

 Biological approach:

Students will learn about the culturing and fermentation process of yeast.  A bio-safety level 1 lab from chemical engineering department will be dedicated for this session. We will emphasize food science and engineering, and apply the knowledge in a hands-on session to control bread growth.

Design workshop:

For the design workshop, the topic is “inflated appetite”.  We will use food material, especially flour, to create inflatable shapes. Students will be encouraged to think about inflatable shapes from different aspects: composite material structure, material anisotropy, elasticity and viscoelasticity, surface tensile strength and elongation, etc. and will develop unique creations drawing on what they've learned. 

Sponsor(s): MIT-SUTD Collaboration, Chemical Engineering
Contact: Wen Wang, 16-473,

Swagelok Fitting & Regulator Lunch & Learn Seminar

Gary Sullivan

Jan/20 Wed 12:00PM-02:00PM 66-110

Enrollment: Limited: First come, first served (no advance sign-up)
Limited to 60 participants

The seminar will include pizza. This will be a presentation and hands-on learning opportunity. Participants will develop an understanding of how to construct their own handling and control systems for gasses and liquids. The basic function of valves for directional control, metering, on/off control and one way check valves will be discussed as well as a discussion of packed versus packless valve stem construction and their suitability for particular applications. Fundamentals of pipe versus tubing connections will be presented and will included discussions of compression seals, welded connections, face and vacuum seals fittings. There will be plenty of time for specific questions and opportunities for hands-on fitting use.

Sponsor(s): Chemical Engineering
Contact: Steve Wetzel, 66-466,