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  1. This is just the monthly board meeting. If you read the minutes, you'll see it's not related.
  2. The wall certificate is closer to 11 x 17.
  3. I’ve had a similar experience. I took both a few years ago. I sat for the FE in April and PE in October (thermal fluids). That was 22 years after my BSME and 11 years after my MSME. My study approach for the two exams was similar; section by section doing practice problems in the FE Reference Manual and Lindeburg’s Practice Problems for the Mech Eng PE. I’ve never tried the 6 minute solution text. Comparing the two exam experiences is difficult. The FE exam seemed like a sprint of short quick problems. My mind set during the FE was to move as quickly as possible, find the right answer and move on. I was stressed about the number of questions and only having 2 or 4 minutes per question. I was also concerned about sitting in a chair for 8 hours. Like you, I left the FE feeling OK. I entered the PE confident I could sit for an 8 hour exam. During the PE I felt I had time to read and answer each problem. The pace seemed very comfortable in comparison. I also found that FE preparation in mechanics, themo, fluids, and especially econ provided some benefit in studying for the PE.
  4. The continuity equation is 17.1 and 17.2. The other equation you references is just substituting the ideal gas law into the continuity equation by replacing density (p) with the term P/RT.
  5. Please provide tips on the basics for Chapters 18 and 26, or emphasize the minimum standards I need to know for the test.
  6. "I have BSME degree and more than 10years of experience in design-build company. I'll try to apply for FE & PE exam. If I got approval, I'll take FE exam and after a year (if I passed the FE exam) I'll take PE examination." Do you need to wait one year? I was in a similar situation. I was 11 years out of graduate school and never took the FE. I took the FE in April and the PE in October. I thought much of the FE preparation complimented the PE preparation. Maryland extended the PE registration for those who passed the FE. Perhaps NY has a similar policy.
  7. Unfortunately some of our established members can be a little confrontational too. It has the unintended effect of making this board less welcoming.
  8. I didn’t bring solutions manuals to the exam for the same reason you’ve stated. Looking back there was no reason not to bring them -assuming that looking for similar problems is the last option. During the exam there were two questions where solved problems were useful. Fortunately I found both in the MERM.
  9. I know to use hfg for quality. I think this problem was a vapor power cycle, and I was finding the enthalpy of sat steam at a point. The solution used hfg while I used hg. They weren't finding quality, but said that hfg was the enthalpy of the steam at that point. It didn't make sense to me. What other times, besides finding quality, would I need hfg? Why would I select hfg instead of hg at a sat steam state point? I’d focus on phase change, specifically at the boiler or condenser. Here are locations when H fg may be applied, provided that the steam is going from a saturated liquid to a saturated gas or visa versa.
  10. I took the terminal fluids depth. There were a couple of references I threw in only because I had plenty of room in my crate. One was the Machinery‘s Handbook, which I did use during the morning session. Another was my collage thermodynamics book, which I used a couple of times. I was glad I included them.
  11. Your question pertains to density of liquids other than water; however you’ll also need the absolute or kinematic viscosity to calculate head loss. I use an older 1988 Cameron, so I can’t be sure the sections will match. In the later pages of Section 3 you’ll find “Friction Loss for Viscous Liquids”. You’ll see at the top of the page that there are columns for kinematic viscosity. The units are centistokes and Seconds Saybolt Universal. If the problem gives density and absolute viscosity, you’ll just divide the absolute by density to get kinematic. You may need to interpolate. Unfortunately there is only one column for viscosities less than water. There is a great viscosity conversion table on page 4-26 of my copy. I used Cameron a couple of times during my PE exam; I took the thermal fluids depth.
  12. Here is something that may be of interest to new PEs. I copied from the Maryland Society of Professional Engineers newsletter: “Gov. O’Malley to Ask General Assembly for Continuing Education for PEs. We have learned that Gov. O’Malley will ask the Maryland General Assembly to require Maryland Professional Engineers to meet “continuing professional competency” requirements for license renewals when the legislature goes back into session in two weeks. The administration bill will reportedly give the Maryland State Board for Professional Engineers authority to promulgate the regulation. The Board plans the regulation to pretty much mirror the model regulation published by the NCEES. The Gov. also plans to propose that retired Professional Engineers would be permitted to skip the continuing education requirement.”
  13. Maryland's results were posted on the DLLR website on January 6th 2009, 74 days after the exam.
  14. Now that's a real test of patience and sanity!! Maryland’s results were posted on the DLLR website on January 6th 2009. This is 74 days after the exam. Perhaps the 107 days is in reference to notification by mail.
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