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Kick-Start That Project!

Creative Kick-Start

Hey students!
Are you interested in giving your idea, project, or invention a kick-start?
Want to make that project a reality?

A new program, Kick-Start, has been developed for engineering students (undergraduate and graduate) to request funding to pay for prototyping and/or finishing projects using the services offered through the Creative Space, Engineering Electronic Shop (EES) and the Engineering Machine Shop (EMS). There will be ten $500 awards!! How exciting is that!?

Five 3D printers available in the Engineering Electronics Shop (EES)

Five 3D printers available in the Engineering Electronics Shop (EES)

There are a limited number of Kick-Starts to be awarded this year – so this is a competitive process! Make sure you check the Kick-Start webpage to get complete details!

Briefly, any student (graduate or undergraduate) may apply for a Kick-Start award. You come up with an idea, find a faculty or staff sponsor, complete an online application form (available soon), attend an in-person workshop (approximately an hour), and present your project in April!

There are a few requirements which include (but aren’t limited to) keeping receipts and a record of all expenses (a budget spreadsheet template will be be provided). A post-project survey of the Kick-Start program will also be required.

You are strongly encouraged to visit the Hanson Center for Technical Communication for assistance with writing your proposal before it is submitted. We also suggest you fill out a hackaday.io page and use it to post regular, substantial updates on the status of your project. Each update should include photos – of your project, notes or sketches – and text explaining your progress.

There are a few restrictions, one of which is you may not already be receiving funding for this project from any other source. There can only be one idea per submission and a student may only be the primary investigator on one Kick-Start per year.  Students may be co-investigators on more than one project. Be sure to check the Kick-Start webpage for more information.

So what else do you need to know?

One of the Modeling Stations available in the Creative Space.

One of the Modeling Stations available in the Creative Space.

The idea for the project is yours, and may be a finished product or a prototype. You maintain ownership of your idea and anything you build during the project. For inspiration check out United Nations Global Problems.  A team may work on the project together, but one student must be designated as the primary investigator. A primary investigator may be a co-investigator on another project.

You may keep any materials you purchase for your project, but tools purchased should be returned to the Creative Space for use by future makers. This can be a gray area, so please direct any questions about what should be returned to lib-engineering@uiowa.edu. The $500 award may only be used in EES and EMS for materials, tools, and labor, etc. Any unused funds will revert back to the program and will go toward helping another future maker build their idea.

You are required to have a sponsor who will review the requirements of the Kick-Start program and review your application before it is submitted. You will meet with your sponsor a minimum of 3 times during the course of the Kick-Start program. The sponsorship officially ends with the presentation in April, but the sponsor and student are free to continue to work on the project if they so choose.

Remember that ‘failure’ is part of the creative process. The important thing is you learn from these failures and therefore are better prepared for future projects. You will still be required to present your project in April – your presentation can deal with what went wrong, how it could be fixed, what you would do differently, what you learned. As Thomas Edison said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that  won’t work.”

Ellis mitre band saw in the Engineering Machine shop (EMS).

Ellis mitre band saw in the Engineering Machine shop (EMS).

There are so many resources to help you complete your project! Our Creative Space is a great place to begin! Two collaboration tables, each with a quad-screen monitor will help your team work together to imagine your project. There are 4 modeling stations with Leap Motion controllers, Wacom drawing tablets and the high-powered software you need. 3D cameras, a 4400 Dell computer with a video card, Leap Motion controllers and an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset can help you manipulate your project in virtual reality.  EES and EMS have the equipment you need to take your project from virtual reality to reality! EES provides circuit board fabrication, dye sublimation printing, PC board prototypes, laser cutting and etching and 3D printing (among other things!). EMS has sheet metal tools, power hand tools, computer controlled machine tools (among other things!) Staff in both EMS and EES are happy to answer questions and provide guidance!

We have the resources and the support needed to help bring your idea to reality! So, what are you waiting for? Kick-Start your project now!!

Here’s video of the new Creative Space Open House!

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Creative Space Open House!!

NEW CREATIVE SPACE!

OPEN HOUSE

SEPTEMBER 8, 2016 2:30 – 5:00 p.m.
IMAGINE! TINKER! DESIGN! CREATE!

The Lichtenberger Engineering Library, in collaboration with the College of Engineering, is pleased to announce an Open House to introduce our new Creative Space!

The Open House will be a hands-on experience, allowing exploration of 3D scanning and virtual reality. You’ll also be able to experience the world through the lens of a 360° camera, and play the giant keyboard!

The Creative Space is designed to provide users with the space, equipment and software to Imagine, Tinker, Design, Create!

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Imagine! Tinker! Design! Create!

New Creative Space!

Imagine! Tinker! Design! Create!

The Lichtenberger Engineering Library has a new Creative Space within the Library!! We are so pleased to be collaborating with the College of Engineering to provide this exciting new space!!

We now have a dedicated space where users will be able to imagine, tinker, design, and ultimately, create new and innovative projects! The equipment and tools needed will either be located within the room itself or available for checkout from our Tool Library!

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Matter & Form 3D Scanner

The 3D scanners scan different sized objects. We have a Matter & Form, a Sense 3D Scanner, a Structor Sensor for iPad and an Xbox Kinect!  3D printers are located within the Engineering Machine Shop so your scanned images can become a physical reality!

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360fly – 360 Degree Camera

Our virtual reality station is equipped with a 4400 Dell computer with video card, allowing for endless amounts of virtual reality creation and display. Two 3D cameras – 360fly and a RICOH Theta may be checked out of the Tool Library for one week. Leap Motion controllers, which sense your hands moving naturally in 3D, are also available in the Tool Library for a one week check-out.  To enhance your experience there is an Oculus Rift – a virtual reality headset with precise tracking and integrated headphones to provide a full 3D effect. The Oculus Rift may be checked out from the Tool Library for a 2 hour period and may only be used within the library.

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Three of the 5 glass “white” boards!

The new Creative Space is also equipped with 5 glass “white” boards (check out the colors!). Let the brainstorming begin!

There are 2 collaboration stations. Each station has a 43″ (4K) quad monitor and a stationary computer. The quad monitor allows the monitor screen to be split from a single screen up to 4 independent screens. It also has laptop jacks available – and the adapters and chargers are available for checkout from the Tool Library.

There is also a modeling station equipped with 4 computers, 6 Leap Motion controllers and Wacom drawing tablets. The computers are equipped with the software needed get your project started! The Leap Motion controllers and the drawing tablets may be checked out from the Tool Library.

Want to try tinkering with something new, but really don’t know where to start? Check out what we have in our Tool Library! We now have Creative Boxes to get you started! Thinking about trying some wearable tech? We have a LilyPad Design Kit (LDK) in our Tool Library. It includes everything you need to complete 6 simple experiments which will teach you how to sew basic circuits, light LEDs, create interactive designs, and more!

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SparkFun Inventor’s Kit for RedBot

Do motor robots interest you? Check out the RedBot Creative Box from the Tool Library. The SparkFun Inventor’s Kit (SIK) for RedBot is a great way to get started! It doesn’t require previous programming experience but will help you learn to use the Arudino programming language. The Creative Box has everything you’ll need to complete 16 circuits that will teach you to read sensors, display information on an LCD, drive motors, and more. You don’t need any previous programming or electronics experience to use this kit – and it does not require any soldering!

Besides the LDK, SIK and SIK RedBot we also have a LittleBits Gizmos & Gadgets Kit, a Raspberry Pi starter kit, and  a MaKey MaKey! All are available to be checked out from our Tool Library! With our available Creative Boxes you’ll be able to play a piano with fruit (MaKey MaKey), learn Arduino programming language (SparkFun Inventor’s Kit), learn to use the credit-card sized computer (Raspberry Pi Starter Kit), make remote controlled racecars and automatic bubble blowers (LittleBits), learn motor robotics (RedBot), and play with wearable technology (Lilly Pad)!

Working with the Engineering Electronics Shop (EES) and the Engineering Machine Shop (EMS) you can make your vision a reality. EES has many services available including electronic design automation software (EDA), circuit board fabrication, laser etching and cutting, PC board construction – and lots more! EMS provides 3D printers/prototype equipment, CNC milling machine, drill press, sheet metal brake, welders, a water jet cutter – and lots more! Be sure to check out their websites to learn about all the services they offer!

We have what you need to get started on that project!
So, get ready, stop in and begin to

Imagine! Tinker! Design! Create!

 

Check out the video from our Open House!

 

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Look at What is Happening in the Engineering Library!

Imagine! Tinker! Design! Create!

We’re Having an Open House! 

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The Oculus Rift and one of the two new 43” (4K) quad monitors!

We are having an Open House on September 8 from 2:30 to 4:30! Come celebrate and explore our new Creative Space!  You’ll have a chance to enjoy a hands-on experience with some of the new equipment. We are excited to be collaborating with the Engineering Technological Centers to provide this exciting new Creative Space!

New equipment includes:
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Matter and Form 3D Scanner!

  • 3D Scanners: Matter & Form; Sense 3D; Structor for iPad; Xbox Kinect
  • Virtual Reality Station: Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Headset; Leap Motion Controller
  • 3D Cameras: 360fly 4K & RICOH Theta
  • 2 Collaboration Tables: each with 43” (4K) quad monitor; stationary computer; laptop jacks
  • Modeling Station: 4 Computers; Leap Motion Controllers; Wacom Drawing Tablets; 3D Modeling Software
  • Tool Library: Canon PowerShot Camera; Tape Measure; Screwdrivers; Light Meters; Webcam; Creative Boxes; other Technology Tools; Hand Tools; Measuring Tools; and LabQuest Equipment.

Updated Study Spaces! We have updated our 43 individual study carrels – they are now equipped with electrical outlets, so you can be sure all your electronics stay powered up. There will also be individual lights installed on each carrel! And don’t forget we have 2 scanners, ITS computers, gamer chairs, bean bag chairs, and group study tables. We have 2 group study pods – Pod 1 is equipped with MediaScape. And the group study pods will now have electronic reservation systems! Our lower level is a dedicated quiet space – we have a space for all your study needs!

Tool Library Additions! We now have cables and chargers in our Tool Library along with the Creative Space specialty tools!  We have 30 pin to VGA, 30 pin wall charger, lightning wall charger, micro USB wall charger and more! Check here for a complete look at what is available to check out!

Wondering how long you can check out any of our many resources – including the Tool Library – check our circulation policy webpage!

Front_SpineE-Books on the Bookshelves!
A pilot project is making our e-book resources accessible on our bookshelves!
  • Each e-book has a book-sized plastic case shelved by call number.
  • Each case has spine label, and both front and back covers
  • There is a QR code on the spine
  • NFC tag on the back cover
  • Inside the case are info sheets which may be taken by the user. The information includes title, call number, and web address.

New and Updated Resources!!

Over 100 years of history, IHS Jane’s is the most trusted & respected public source of defense and security information in the world. Jane’s is available only to On-Campus Users. Our subscription includes:
  • Jane’s Aero-Engines
  • Jane’s All the World’s Aircraft Development & Production
  • Jane’s All the World’s Aircraft in Service
  • Jane’s All the World’s Aircraft Unmanned
  • Jane’s Fighting Ships
We now have 800 synthesis lectures which are 50-100 page electronic books with in-depth analysis of a current topic in 22 different areas including:
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical & Biochemical Engineering
  • Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science

RSMeans

  • 2016 Editions now available In our reference section (non-circulating)
  • Provides construction cost estimates, including: City Cost Indexes; Crew Composition; Labor; Profit Rates; Materials; Facilities Repair; Productivity Rates; and Green Building
Current Protocols
Protocols are presented in a “recipe” style providing step-by-step descriptions of procedures which you can take to the lab and immediately apply in your own research.

MIT Books

  • More than 650 ebooks from MIT Press dating back as far as 1943
  • approximately 65% of titles in computing-related fields, such as computer science, artificial intelligence, information theory, and computer programming

Springers Material

  • Providing access to numerical and graphical data on the properties of materials
  • Search by elements, structure, or corrosion
Provides access to over 175,000 continuously updated technical reports. Subjects include aerospace, automotive, and commercial vehicles. The reports date bask as far as 1906.

Like us on Facebook (UI Lichtenberger Engineering Library), follow us on Twitter (@UIEngLib), Pinterest  and follow the UI Libraries on Instagram!

And, as always, Kari Kozak, Head of the Lichtenberger Engineering Library and Qianjin (Marina) Zhang, Engineering & Informatics Librarian are here to answer your questions!

Want to see the number of how the Engineering Library did last year? Check out this infographic!

So many exciting things are happening here! And so many more exciting things to come!

Hours:
M-Th: 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday: 2:00 to 8:00 p.m.

 

Welcome back to campus – we look forward to seeing you!!

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Engineering Library Fall 2016 Newsletter!!

Lichtenberger Engineering Library Fall 2016 Newsletter

Contents

  1. Engineering Library 2015-2016 Year in Review
  2. NEW Creative Space – Imagine! Tinker! Design! Create!
  3. Open House – September 8th
  4. New and Updated Resources
  5. Lib Guides
  6. InfoHawk+
  7. E-books on the Bookshelves!
  8. Instruction and Support
  9. Course Reserves

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Engineering Library 2015-2016 Fiscal Year in Review

Want to see the numbers about how the Engineering Library did last year? Check out our infographic!


Creative Space – Imagine! Tinker! Design! Create!

A new creative space opening this fall! The Engineering Library and Engineering Technological Centers are collaborating on a Maker/Creative Space!

  • 3D Scanners: Matter & Form; Sense 3D; Structor for iPad; Xbox Kinect
  • Virtual Reality Station: Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Headset; Leap Motion Controller
  • 3D Cameras: 360fly 4K & RICOH Theta
  • 2 Collaboration Tables: each with 43” (4K) quad monitor; stationary computer; laptop jacks
  • Modeling Station: 4 Computers; Leap Motion Controllers; Wacom Drawing Tablets; 3D Modeling Software
  • Tool Library: Canon PowerShot Camera; Tape Measure; Screwdrivers; Light Meters; Webcam; Creative Boxes; other Technology Tools; Hand Tools; Measuring Tools; and LabQuest Equipment.

Open House! Mark Your Calendars!!

  • September 8, 2016. 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
  • See the new Creative Space first hand!
  • Enjoy a hands-on experience with the new equipment

New and Updated Resources

Jane’s Online

Over 100 years of history, HIS Jane’s is the most trusted & respected public source of defense and security information in the world. Jane’s is available only to On-Campus Users. Our subscription includes:

  • Jane’s Aero-Engines
  • Jane’s All the World’s Aircraft Development & Production
  • Jane’s All the World’s Aircraft in Service
  • Jane’s All the World’s Aircraft Unmanned
  • Jane’s Fighting Ships

Synthesis Series – Digital Library of Engineering & Computer Science

We now have 800 synthesis lectures which are 50-100 page electronic books with in-depth anaylsis of a current topic in 22 different areas, including:

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical & Biochemical Engineering
  • Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science

RSMeans

  • 2016 Editions now available In our reference section (non-circulating)
  • Provides construction cost estimates, including: City Cost Indexes; Crew Composition; Labor; Profit Rates; Materials; Facilities Repair; Productivity Rates; and Green Building

Current Protocols

MIT Books

  • More than 650 ebooks from MIT Press dating back as far as 1943
  • approximately 65% of titles in computing-related fields, such as computer science, artificial intelligence, information theory, and computer programming

Springer Material:

  • Providing access to numerical and graphical data on the properties of materials
  • Search by elements, structure, or corrosion

SAE Technical Papers (Society of Automotive Engineers)

Provides access to over 175,000 continuously updated technical reports. Subjects include aerospace, automotive, and commercial vehicles. The reports date back as far as 1906.


Library Subject Guides

Check out our subject guides – available for each discipline. The guides are continually updated with new information and resources. You’ll find information on popular resources, subject guides, handbooks, and digital publications. The guides also include helpful links, including Citation Guides, Engineering Ethics, Copyright and Open Access Information among other things. Check our homepage to find the links!


InfoHawk+

The University of Iowa has implemented a new way to access library resources and materials! InfoHawk+ is replacing the InfoHawk basic catalog and Smart Search.  InfoHawk+ merges the two search engines into an easy-to-use, streamlined search engine which allows for clear access to the UI Libraries holdings and resources! Check it out!


E-books on the Bookshelves!

A pilot project is making our e-book resources accessible on our bookshelves!

  • Each e-book has a book-sized plastic case shelved by call number.
  • Each case has spine label, and both front and back covers
  • There is a QR code on the spine
  • NFC tag on the back cover
  • Inside the case are info sheets which may be taken by the user. The information includes title, call number, and web address

Instruction & Research Support

Both Engineering Librarians are available for short or class length demonstrations on a wide variety of library resources.

Kari Kozak, Head of the Lichtenberger Engineering Library, is available to talk about resources and services to students, faculty, and/or staff.  This could range from an overview of the library and services to in-depth researching strategies including evaluating information, standards, and patents.  Sessions can be to individuals, small groups, lab groups, or classes. Email Kari at kari-kozak@uiowa.edu for more information.

Qianjin (Marina) Zhang, Engineering & Informatics Librarian, is also available to talk about library overview and services as well as detailed sessions related to data management and Endnote.  Email Marina at qianjin-zhang@uiowa.edu for more information

Check out the following instructional menu to help see how we can help personalize a class visit:  http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/eng/files/2012/08/library-instruction-menu_v2.pdf

Have an item you would like to request for the Engineering Library to purchase? Just send us an email (lib-engineering@uiowa.edu).


Course Reserves

Course Reserves are being organized for the Fall Semester.  If you have not already done so and would like to have items put on reserve for the Fall Semester, please email the Engineering Library at lib-engineering@uiowa.edu with a list of the materials and course number.

 

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Engineering Library 2015 – 2016 Year in Review!

 

 

Our Year in Review!!

 

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Happy 160th Birthday Nikola Tesla!!

Happy 160th Birthday!!!
Nikola Tesla
July 10, 1856 – January 7, 1943
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Photo Credit: http://www.teslabg.edu.rs/

Nikola Tesla  had a fascinating childhood. The son of a Serbian Orthodox Priest and a mother, who came from a long line of inventors, he was able to spend much of his childhood inventing and trying new things. During a long, cold and dry spell, he ‘discovered’ static electricity. He thought of this often and it profoundly influenced his adult life and his inventions. As a child he invented a cornstalk popgun, which contained the principles he adapted when he devised particle-beam weapons. And, after seeing a picture of Niagara Falls, young Nikola (he was somewhere between 10- and 14-years-of-age) told his Uncle Josip that one day he would place a gigantic wheel under the waterfall and harness it. In 1895, he and George Westinghouse built the first hydro-electric power plant in Niagara Falls.

His older brother died after a fall from a horse and thereafter Nikola began having “out-of body” experiences. In fact, those experiences were so real he sometimes needed his sisters to help him tell which were real and which were hallucinations. Those experiences continued throughout his life and actually were an asset to his creativity. He could visualize his finished inventions and modify them in his mind before committing them to paper.  To learn more about the life of this fascinating and influential man, check out Wizard : the Life and Times of Nikoa Tesla : Biography of a Genius

Nikola began his career as an electrical engineer in 1881 while working with a a telephone company located in Budapest. It was there that the solution to the rotating magnetic field flashed through his mind, which led to the creation of the induction motor. In 1884, Tesla moved to the United States to work with Thomas Edison. He and Edison disagreed on direct current versus alternating current. Edison promoted the direct current, while Tesla believed the alternating current was more efficient. Tesla won that disagreement…

He was a pioneer in many fields – in 1896 the Electrical Review published X-rays of a man which had been taken by Tesla. Others were also experimenting with X-rays at the same time but Tesla didn’t claim priority. It is reported that he said, “I don’t care that they stole my idea…I care that they don’t have any of their own.”

Interestingly, in 1901 Tesla imagined a means of instant communication – he imagined receiving telegrams, stock quotes, etc., assigning them each a different frequency, which would then be broadcast to a device held in your hand. He essentially envisioned the internet and smart phones…

220px-TeslacoilHe is perhaps most well-known for the Tesla Coil, which he developed in 1891. The Tesla Coil transforms energy into extremely high-voltage charges, which create powerful electrical fields capable of producing electrical arcs. A Tesla Coil is made of two parts – a primary coil and a secondary coil. Each has its own capacitor (which stores electrical energy like a battery does).  The whole system is powered by a transformer. The two circuits are connected by a spark gap. The Tesla Coil revolutionized the way electricity was understood. Variations of the Tesla Coil are still used in radios and televisions.

Interesting Facts About Nikola Tesla:

  • He was born during a lightning storm, which the midwife claimed was a bad omen. She said he would be a child of darkness. The family legend is that his mother replied, “No. He will be a child of light.”
  • By around the age of 12, he developed strange “habits.” He developed an aversion to women’s earrings, and the sight of a pearl would give him “fits.” He would never touch another person’s hair and could develop a fever looking at a peach.
  • Not all his ideas were practical. One such idea was a ring around the equator which would transport people from one end of the globe to the other…

(Wizard : the life and times of Nikola Tesla : Biography of a Genius).

 

Resources:

Seifer, Marc. 1996. Wizard : the life and times of Nikola Tesla : biography of a genius. Seacaucus, N.J. : Carol Pub. Engineering Library TK140.T4 S65 1996

Nikola Tesla and George Westinghouse built the first hydro-electric power plant…. Tesla Memorial Society of New York. Date accessed July 7, 2016.

The 10 Inventions of Nikola Tesla That Changed the World. January 10,2012. Activist Post.

Martin, Thomas Commerford. 1995. The inventions, researches, and writings of Nikola Tesla. 2nd Edition. New York : Barnes & Noble. Engineering Library TK140.T4 M37 199

Wireless Electricity? How the Tesla Coil Works, by Kelly Dickerson. July 10, 2014. livescience.com

Tesla Coil.  Wikipedia. Page last modified July 5, 2016, accessed July 7, 2016.

**Other Resources:

Nikola Tesla : the Genius Who Lit the World. July 10, 1998. Tesla Memorial Society of New York.

 

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InfoHawk+ Is Coming!

InfoHawk+ Is Coming Soon!!

The University of Iowa Libraries is introducing a new way to access library resources and materials. This month, July 2016, we will switch to a new library management system. Changes have already begun and will continue throughout the month.

InfoHawk, which has been our online catalog system for the past 16 years, has been taken out of service. Links to InfoHawk will temporarily take you to Smart Search. Smart Search has already been available as an alternative to the InfoHawk search tool.

InfoHawk+ will replace Smart Search and the InfoHawk basic catalog and should be available on July 18th. InfoHawk+, will merge the two search engines into an easy-to-use, streamlined search which will allow clear access to the UI Libraries holdings and resources. Users will be able to search for print journals and books, available electronic resources, and other resources which are unique to the UI Libraries collections.

Since the staff side – “behind the scenes” – will also be changing, some services will be either temporarily unavailable from July 14th through the 18th.  We apologize for any inconvenience this causes and are working to minimize the disruption in services.

If you’d like more information about the transition, please check the Library Guide.

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Holiday Hours for the 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July!!

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We will be CLOSED on Monday, July 4!

We will reopen at 8:30 on Tuesday, July 5

Have a fun and safe holiday!!

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Engineering the Bike – New Exhibit!

It’s summer! The perfect time to learn about the engineering of the bicycle and we have a new exhibit highlighting bicycles and their engineering!

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Do you remember your first bike? And telling your folks “don’t let go” the first time the training wheels came off? Most of us loved the exhilaration and freedom riding a bike brought and didn’t really think about the history and engineering of the bicycle…

Cycling - Herne Hill - Penny Farthing Race - London - 1932.

Cycling – Herne Hill – Penny Farthing Race – London – 1932.

The history of the bike begins with the velocipede which was designed after the Napoleonic Wars (1803-1815). From there it developed into the ‘penny farthing,’ to the safety bikes, and then to the bikes we have today. And there are a myriad of types of bicycles today. Not just for pleasure or riding to work, there are many bikes designed for racing and extreme sports. There are road events (i.e. Road Criterium), off-road events (i.e. Cyclo-cross), and track racing (i.e. Olympics).

yellow_bike_squareA lot of engineering is involved in designing and creating a bike. Designers look at multiple factors – aerodynamics, the wheel & spokes, tires, balance, ergonomics, and the different material with which to make the body and the tires. Looking at aerodynamics means exploring the shape of the bike and how that affects the air flow and drag. The design of the wheel looks at the width and diameter of the wheel, and the type of spokes. The wheel design and the tires also vary depending on how the bicycle will be used – city streets? Off-road? Tour de France? There are also ergonomic factors – pedal to saddle distance, crank length, saddle to handlebar dimensions…. And the frames – what materials are used – steel, low carbon, chrome moly. Performance bikes often use low alloy steel and chrome moly which meet aviation industry specifications.

Make_Bikes

Make: Bicycle Projects. Engin Lib TL410 .B35 2015

 

Want to try your hand at hacking your bike? Make: Bicycle Projects will help you do just that! It includes everything from a list of what should be included on a bike hacker’s workbench to commercial add-ons, to SpokePOV (Spoke Persistence of Vision). Want a bike that glows in the dark? Or a ‘parade bike’ which has built in speakers? Make : Bicycle Projects will walk you through and help you create your own unique hacks.

 

Here at the University of Iowa, Steve McGuire, Professor of Metals Arts & 3D Design and Studio Division Coordinator in the School of Art & Art History, has created a handmade bicycle curriculum. The UI is the first academic institution to be selected to exhibit the work of students at the North American Hand Built Bicycle Show. It is the most prestigious venue of its kind internationally. The program was started in 2010, and since then over 70 students have built bicycles and some have gone on to become engineers and craftspeople in the bike industry.

What else is going on locally in the biking environment?

In an article from the May 18, 2016 The Gazette, B.A. Morelli explains how Iowa City and Cedar Rapids are working to make both cities more bike friendly. Iowa City is testing a low-volume and low-speed street that gives priority to cyclists – a bike boulevard. Cedar Rapids has painted green dedicated bike lanes. It has also expanded the use of “supersharrows,” (paint markings are the silhouette bordered by dashed lines that you see painted in the center of the travel lane). Road diets may also be in the future. A road diet squeezed four lanes of traffic into three with the center lane for turning and with bike lanes on each side.

It is hard to live in Iowa and not know about RAGBRAI (the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa) which is now an international event and has 8500 registered riders. Many riders hop in for a leg or two of the ride, so there are more than 8500 riders biking through Iowa during the week-long trek. This year the ride begins in Glenwood and ends in Muscatine. The longest leg of the ride is 75.2 miles and has a total of 3,994 feet of climb!

Iowa City will host the Cyclo-Cross World Cup on September 24, 2016 at the Johnson County Fairgrounds. The event is expected to attract 15,000 spectators and be televised internationally. Iowa City is the second date on the 2016-2017 Cyclo-Cross World Cup circuit.

Elite Men’s Race Highlights | 2016 Cyclo-cross World Championships | Heusden-Zolder, Belgium

Iowa City also has a Bike Library. Bikes are donated and then repaired and offered to the public. Bikes are priced with a deposit and checked out for 6-month periods. If the bike is returned in good condition, the deposit is returned. The patron may also choose to keep the bike and forfeit the deposit. They also have “Rent-a-Bench” where you can work on your bike for $5/hour during specified hours. A big thank you to them for donating several of the items in our display!

Stop in and check out our bike exhibit – you

Resources:

Burrows, Mike. Bicycle design : the search for the perfect machine. 2008. London : Snowbooks, Ltd. Engineering Library TL410 .B8 2008

Baichtal, John. 2015. Make : bicycle projects. San Francisco, CA : Maker Media. Engineering Library TL410 .B35 2015 

Steve McGuire. University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts & Science, School of Art & Art History. University of Iowa. Date accessed: June 10, 2016.

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