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Aerospace America

So you think you know lift? Better read this

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Given how deeply air transportation is woven into modern life, it’s surprising that the precise workings of aerodynamic lift remain a topic of debate among the experts. To sort all this out, I met on a video call last month with Paul Bevilaqua, retired from Lockheed Martin Skunk Works, and [associate professor] Haithem Taha of the University of California, Irvine. I learned about several myths and at least one collapsing theory. Here is our discussion, lightly edited and compressed. Read More
Orange County Register

Hope grows infusion of sand can arrive early after recent flooding of Pacific Coast Highway at Bolsa Chica beach

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Just how much beach has been lost at Bolsa Chica through the years? UCI lead researcher [graduate student] Daniel Kahl analyzed satellite data for The Orange County Register to give a sense of how severe the erosion has been in recently flooded areas. He said the Bolsa Chica beach had been losing 2 feet of width per year, on average, since 1985, but that rate increased to 14.8 feet per year in 2020 and 2021, the latest data available. UC Irvine civil engineering professor Brett Sanders, who studies coastal erosion, said it’s important to not only document beach width, but also beach height or depth. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister] Read More
Spectrum News

Turning trash to electricity in Orange County

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In 2021, the agency said the landfill in Irvine produced about 154,000 megawatt hours of energy and the landfill in Brea produced about 210,000 megawatt hours, for about a combined total amount of energy to provide electricity to about 50,000 homes. You’ll hear from the executive director of the agency and [Vincent McDonell, adjunct] professor from the University of California, Irvine who is an expert in energy systems about what he thinks about the trash-to-energy system. Read More
The Academic Minute

Rahim Esfandyar-Pour, University of California, Irvine – A Health Monitoring Wearable Operates Without a Battery

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Removing batteries from wearable tech can open it up to more people. Rahim Esfandyar-Pour, assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science and biomedical engineering at the University of California, Irvine, explores how to do so. Read More
Inside Higher Ed

A Health-Monitoring ‘Wearable’ Without a Battery

Inside Higher Ed -
Removing batteries from wearable tech can open it up to more people. In today’s Academic Minute, Rahim Esfandyar-Pour of the University of California, Irvine, explores how to do so. Esfandyar-Pour is an assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science and biomedical engineering at UC Irvine. A transcript of this podcast can be found here. Read More
Grunge

The Celebratory Gesture That Is Said to Kill More People Annually Than Sharks

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We humans, generally speaking, are rather hardy creatures. We may not have the great bulk of the elephant, the tough skin of the crocodile, or the formidable exoskeleton of the diabolical ironclad beetle, but we're rather resilient as a species. Incidentally, the latter, according to UCI professor David Kisailus (via Phys.org), is "a terrestrial beetle ... a little tank ... It can't fly away, so it just stays put and lets its specially designed armor take the abuse until the predator gives up." That's very tough. We're just relatively tough. This means, unfortunately, that we can die in a wide variety of quite implausible, statistically very unlikely ways. Read More
Los Angeles Times

8 stunning SoCal sea caves to visit during the winter low tides

Los Angeles Times -
Brett F. Sanders, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at UC Irvine, studies flooding and erosion hazards. “Sea caves are always at risk of flash flooding from strong waves,” he says. “A big storm event can trigger an instability of the rock surrounding the cave, leading to a partial or even complete collapse of the cave.” Further, “with a big winter storm, the waves can be much bigger, which heightens the strength of currents in and out of the caves,” he says. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.] Read More
Civil Engineering Source

Successive atmospheric rivers test California’s infrastructure

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In some cases, another approach is “build more resilience to flooding,” particularly in areas near flood-prone waterways, says Brett Sanders, Ph.D., F.EMI, A.M.ASCE, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of California, Irvine. … “That could mean that you offer resources to housing and to businesses that are along the stream and that have a higher likelihood of flooding,” Sanders says. … “Another possibility is that we invest as much as we can upstream to try to slow down the water before it gets into the channel,” Sanders says. “That's an investment in green spaces, in parks, in green infrastructure — natural resources that would let water infiltrate.” Read More
The Academic Minute

This Week on The Academic Minute (2023.01.23)

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Thursday. Rahim Esfandyar-Pour, assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science and biomedical engineering at the University of California, Irvine, explores how creating a health monitoring wearable without a battery can help more people use them. Read More
Daily Pilot

Crystal Cove Conservancy finishes out 2022 with about $200,000 raised in end-of-year campaign

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Over the next year, the Crystal Cove Conservancy plans on collaborating with the UC Irvine Samueli School of Engineering for a kindergarten-to-college engineering program. “Over the next year, we’ll work together with our colleagues at UCI to develop curriculum goals, learning outcomes, and research partnerships, plus testing and piloting a program for at least one grade level,” [Kate] Wheeler said. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.] Read More

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