FESA Zoom Meeting 17 June 2021 5.30pm

  • 17 Jun 2021
  • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Zoom ID 633 966 2006


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FESA  CONTINUES  IN  2021 - alternating between pub & Zoom meetings

Upcoming event information - FESA Meeting (via Zoom)

When: 17 June 2021 5:30 PM


Registration Now Open - via FESA website (fesaust.com.au)  This Zoom meeting is available at no charge but please still register so that FESA has a record of attendance.

Despite our commitment to alternate between monthly dinner meetings (back at the Auburn Hotel, with the presentation available to all later via the website) and live Zoom presentation meetings, current COVID restrictions in Victoria mean that Zoom must be our format for this meeting. (For future reference, we plan the next pub meetings for Aug, Oct & Dec).

Date: 17 June 2021, 5:30 PM (AEDT)

Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6339662006 

Zoom ID: 6339662006

Topic : HERITAGE STEAM – THE THREE Rs (Or: When reciprocal motion doesn’t translate to simple harmonic motion!)

Presenter : Roger Lewis (FESA member)

The Victorian Railways purchased 70 R-class steam locomotives in the early 1950s. Seven still exist, three of which are operational.  Three members of the fleet suffered a failure in their “motion gear”, the system that translates steam pressure into rotation of the driving wheels.  One was in 1965.  The other two were in the 2000s, while the by-now heritage locomotives were operating the Warrnambool train service.

This paper looks at what went wrong and why, and discusses whether the installed countermeasure would have made a difference.

Roger Lewis graduated from RMIT in 1993 with an Honours Degree in Aerospace Engineering.  He has an A.Mus.A in French Horn.  He worked in Product Development at Ford of Australia from 1991 to 2019, in roles ranging from adhesives engineering through structures and vehicle architecture, and in vehicle integration.  Since 2019 Roger has been a forensic engineer at Dohrmann Consulting.  He hopes one day to investigate an insidious orchestral mishap (probably involving violas).  His hobbies include bushfire recovery volunteering, theatre set-building and heritage railway preservation.

FESA is a  non-profit registered organization.  All communication with us is via fesaust@gmail.com .

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