ASME Fluid Engineering Division Summer Meeting 2021


The ASME FEDSM conference is being held virtually August 10th through August 12th. If you are a conference participant, you can access the video presentations on demand.  The presenters will give a brief summary of their work and answer questions during the live sessions. Below are the three presentations my group has in this conference.


65991: Viability of OpenFOAM as the Numerical Engine for Augmented Reality Sandbox

05-01-01 Applied CFD

August 10th, 10:50 – 11:50


74240: Study of Fluid Dynamics in Ice-Covered Lakes Using OpenFOAM

Session: 05-09-01 Open Source CFD Applications

August 11th, 12:50 – 1:50


65996: Aerodynamic Performance Evaluation of a Skydio UAV via CFD As a Platform for Bridge Girder Inspection: Phase 1 Study

Session: 05-01-03 Applied CFD

August 12th, 12:50 – 1:50

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Construction Equipment Simulators

We had fun morning trying out the departments construction equipment simulator!




The department has Volvo, Caterpillar, and Simlog simulators that allow us to introduce crane, wheel loader, and dump truck operation. These also support teaching safety, planning, and estimating concepts.  This fall we will be using them in the classroom and exploring avenues of research to extend some of the capabilities.

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Augmented Reality Sandtable is Complete!

The sandtable is complete. Tyler Ainsworth did a great job creating a video of our table in action! This table is mounted on casters and was sized to fit through door. We are looking forward to using it for outreach soon.



The hi-res version of the video can be found on YouTube: Sandtable UNCC


The next step is to integrate new depth camera options into the sandtable.

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Sand Table Progress

It’s starting to look like the picture!

We used SolidWorks to make a model of our sand table design. This allowed us to verify the dimensions (so that it fits through doorways) and ensure we ordered the right materials.

The Kydex has been molded into the tub and Worbla was used to fill the vertical seams and finish the top edge. The wooden table is complete:

The last steps are the metal structure to hold the electronics and the castors to make it more mobile. Check back soon to see the final table in action.

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Time to Build a Sand Table

The materials are arriving and we are ready to build. If you’ve never seen an augmented reality sand table you can see the original one at

Unlike the previous tables, we are building the tub (the part the holds the sand) out of thermoplastic. This week we experimented with the ways to heat, manipulate, and bond the material.


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BioGears Conference 2020

Although it was a virtual conference, I had a great time seeing and hearing about all the new work in the BioGears human physiology engine since my time on the project.

The slide decks and talk videos are available at:

The conference covered the evolution of the engine since the program began in 2013, technical sessions on the use of the engine, and application based talks.

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