NRS Associates LLC

DOUGLAS V. SHICK, Ph.D.
President, NRS Associates LLC
Warren, VT 05674 |

Technical Consultant – Applied Mechanics
Computational Mechanics / CAE and Engineering Analysis / Project Management / R&D Management

EXPERIENCE

NRS ASSOCIATES LLC ( August 2001—present)
Technical Consultant
Computer simulation of mechanical components and systems and manufacturing processes. Areas of specialization include elastic-plastic deformations (forming, staking, etc.), rolling and sliding contact, and heat treatment simulation.

THE TORRINGTON COMPANY, Torrington, Connecticut (July 1990—August 2001)
Manager, Engineering Analysis & Technical Services
Manage technical staff of  fourteen in Torrington's Advanced Technology Center, including Engineering Analysis Group, Quality Engineering & Statistics, Information Technology, Technical Information Center.

Group Leader, Engineering Analysis
Lead technical staff of six (four analytical engineers and two programmer/analysts) in the Advanced Technology Center's  Engineering Analysis Group. Prioritize the group's workflow and R&D project portfolio, lead and execute technical projects, provide technical supervision and oversight on project work by staff analysts.

Senior Research Engineer
Research Engineer
Perform computational (finite element) and mathematical analysis to support operating divisions in improving  design and performance of new or existing products and processes; provide technical assistance as needed to all divisions of the Torrington Company; plan, initiate and manage analytical and engineering mechanics  projects; provide technical supervision and oversight on project work by staff analysts.
Research areas: Analytical simulation of the quenching of steel; mathematical modeling of stresses in polymer-lined track rollers; bearing analysis; computer modeling of forming and assembly processes; product design optimization; kinematic analysis of steering linkages and precision mechanical assemblies.

RENSSELAER POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE, Troy, New York (May 1985—April 1990)
Research Associate
PostDoctoral Fellow
Perform theoretical analyses and write computer programs to solve original and contract research problems; assist in preparation of proposals, reports, presentations, and publications; supervise visiting postdoctoral researchers and graduate research assistants.

Research areas: Analytical studies of ultrasonic vibrations and ultrasonic devices; analysis of static deformation of anisotropic plates with complex edge conditions; forced vibrations in piezoelectric plates; shock wave propagation in large cylindrical pressure vessels.

EDUCATION

Ph.D. IN MECHANICS, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York
M.S. IN MECHANICS,
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York
B.S. IN PHYSICS, Bates College, Lewiston, Maine

RECENT PROJECTS

  • Hydraulic actuator vibration stress/fatigue analysis (aeronautical control application).
  • Kevlar/Aluminum layered composite pressure vessel burst strength analysis and design study.
  • Quenching process simulation for well-drilling tooling to predict and minimize quench-induced distortion and cracking.
  • Design and materials evaluation of a clip and bracket system for an orthodontic device.
  • Computer simulation of a cast-iron oil tank fitting to assist in a failure analysis.
  • Elastic-plastic analysis to simulate a quality assurance test on snowmobile chains. Simulation results explained an unexpected failure mode and were used to make recommendations for a redesign.

PUBLICATIONS

"Development of a Carburizing and Quenching Simulation Tool: Program Overview," W. Dowling, D. Shick, T. Pattok, Y. Helen Gu, B.L. Ferguson, and M.A. Howes, Heat Treatment of Metals1997(1), 1-6 (1997).

 "Development of a Carburizing and Quenching Simulation Tool: Determination of Heat Transfer Coefficients in Salt," D. Shick, D. Chenoweth, N. Palle, C. Mack, W. Copple, W.-T. Lee, W. Elliott, G. Ludtka, R. Lenarduzzi, H. Walton, and M.A. Howes, Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Quenching and the Control of Distortion, ASM International, Metals Park, OH, 357-366 (1996).

"Development of a Carburizing and Quenching Simulation Tool: A Material Model for Carburizing Steels Undergoing Phase Transformations," D. Bamman, V. Prantil, A. Kumar, J. Lathrop, D. Mosher, M. Callabresi, H.-J. Jou, M. Lusk, G. Krauss, W. Elliott, G. Ludtka, T. Lowe, W. Dowling, D. Shick, and D. Nikkel, Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Quenching and the Control of Distortion, ASM International, Metals Park, OH, 367-375 (1996).

"Predictive Model & Methodology for Heat Treatment: Formation of a Collaboration," T. Pattok and D.V. Shick, presentation at National Coalition for Advanced Manufacturing National Conference on Federal Lab—University—Industry Cooperation in Developing Advanced Manufacturing Technologies, October 14–16, 1997, Albuquerque, NM.

"Resonant Wave Propagation in Gun Tubes with Eccentric Bores," H.F. Tiersten, D.V. Shick, Wave Motion 21(1), 75-84 (Feb 1995).

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

        Member, American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
        Member, United States Association for Computational Mechanics.
        Member, ASM International.
        Charter Member, ASM Heat Treatment Society.
        Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

         

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