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Ketchum, Paul M. (ed.) / The Wisconsin engineer
Volume 42, Number 5 (February 1938)

On the campus,   pp. 90-91

Page 90

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   V. Bjelajac, A. L. Schluter, and
 H. E. Wirth, all senior civils, have
 been working on their thesis during
 the week between semesters at the
 Dane County Poor Farm-Asylum.
 The subject of their thesis is "Acti-
 vated Sludge Sewage Plant Perfor-
 mance Under Severe Winter Oper-
 ating Conditions."
 Working on "Spring Loaded Flat
 Disk Relief Valves for Reduction in
 Water Hammer of Pipe Lines" are
 graduate thesis student P. S. Davy
 and senior civil E. H. Strand.
  Professors Kinne, McCaffery, and
Van Hagan were mildly victimized
late in January by a racket with an
engineering twist. In each case, the
incidents followed the same pattern.
A young fellow of middle height
and weight, well dressed, conversant
with engineering work, but slightly
ungrammatical in speech, rang the
door about 6 p. m. and asked for a
meal "for a hungry engineer." He
gave various names, among them
"Brandt" and "D e I a n e y," and
claimed to hail from various points
West, including the Dakotas and
Idaho. He called the professors by
name, explaining that he had ridden
into town with a kindly motorist
who had given him the name of a
generous engineer who would help
him. He always got a meal or a lit-
tle money. In one case, he had sup-
per with the family and spent a cozy
evening talking over his engineering
experiences. The i n c 1 d e n t was
enough out of the ordinary so that
each victim told about it, and the
racket came into the open quickly.
A similar racket was worked in
Madison a number of years ago by
a gentleman from North Carolina.
So far as known, there is no follow-
up to the game, and the rewards
seem insignificant in this day of
high-powered rackets.
  Quoting Professor Wahlin in one
of his Physics lectures: "The kinetic
energy of the molecules of a gas at
absolute zero is a function of the
temperature." Incidentally, we've
also been under the impression that
this column depended, at least to
some extent, on its contributors,
which is another case of absolute
  Don Peroutky, m'41, Fred New-
man, e'38, and Harold Rucks, e'38,
are working on a sixteen foot model
of President Dykstra's lawn in the
basement of the E.E. building. Har-
old Rucks laid out the drawings for
the project and two other boys from
the Ag school are helping, as well,
with the actual construction. It is
being built to aid in planning the
lighting an d landscaping of the
lawn this coming spring.
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   On Saturday morning, January
 15, the mechanics 53 classes made
 an inspection trip through the For-
 est Products Laboratory as part of
 their regular course of study of
 materials and testing. Starting in
 the preservation lab they w e r e
 shown the work under way in inves-
 tigating the preservation of fence
 posts and other timbers by various
 methods. One of the more interest-
 ing m e t h o d s under test was by
 means of a piece of common inner
 tubing and creosote. The fence post
 was tipped at an angle, the inner
 tubing stretched over one end of the
 post and the extended piece of tub-
 ing filled with creosote. The pre-
 servative was then allowed to run
 through the post under the force of
 In the paper pulp room they were
 shown the actual method of manu-
 facture of paper from the time it ar-
 rives at the mill in the form of logs
 until it leaves as paper in rolls. It
 was here that someone made the re-
 mark that the pulp in one of the
 vats would make dandy spit balls!
 After visiting the constant humid-
 ity rooms where the temperature
 and humidity are kept constant in
 testing woods, wood products, and
 the insulation properties of various
 types of wall construction, they vis-
 ited the fire-resistant laboratory.
 Here they were shown the standard
 A.S.T.M. apparatus for testing the
 fire-resistant properties of woods.
 The apparatus looks like Bob Burns'
 bazooka and registers c h a n g e in
 temperature and weight of the spec-
 imen as it is subjected to an open
 In the wood s h o p they were
 shown how the old fashioned circu-
 lar saw used one-quarter of the log
 for saw dust, while the new band
 saw method uses only one-eighth
 for waste materials. The paint de-
partment consisted mainly of speci-
mens illustrating the proper paints
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