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NE and MSE Students Take a Field Trip to Pacific Steel Casting

Friday, Feb 12th 2016

2/10/16 – Twenty-three Ph.D. students from the Departments of Nuclear Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering visited the Pacific Steel Casting Company in Berkeley. 

The tour, organized by Nuclear Engineering Professor Peter Hosemann, allowed the students to witness first-hand the casting process of steel components for industrial applications while also being introduced to mold making, repair welding, heat treatments, quality control, materials testing, and cast designs.

The students were treated to a very impressive and memorable tour that marked manufacturing as an integral component of all types of engineering.  Students were able to observe the melding of modern manufacturing and computer-aided design with the millennia old process of metal casting.  This fantastic educational experience was topped off with a demonstration of the casting process, including viewing the flow of liquid steel into molds from a close proximity, further underscored by a presentation on the importance of computational fluid dynamics.

Thank you Pacific Steel Casting Company for a truly indelible experience!

Pacific Steel Casting Company, LLC has  manufactured cast steel components for a large number of applications since 1934. More information on the company can be found on their website:

(Photos courtesy of Eric L. Harvey)