Abstracts - Papers and Seminars - Jerrold Foutz

Bibliography and abstracts for Jerrold Foutz.

[FOUT75A] Foutz, Jerrold, and David Venuti, Data Retrieval for Power Electronics, Unpublished Naval Ocean System Center Technical Note, December 1, 1975.

This Technical Note deals with construction of a Data Retrieval System in the field of Power Electronics. It describes first, a physical data storage/retrieval system; second, methods of literature collection in Power Electronics to form an information base; and third, methods of systematically obtaining recently published material and an awareness of new developments in the field. [Author Abstract] 37 pages, 2 figures.

[FOUT78A] Foutz, J., Switching-Mode Power Supply Technology, A paper presented at the Symposium for A Rationale Approach to Powering Shipboard Electronics, Naval Surface Weapons Center, White Oak, MD, 5-7- December 1978.

Switching-mode power conversion is increasingly being used in Navy electronic systems and equipment. Proper design and application of switching-mode power supplies can lead to superior system figures-of-merit and trouble-free power conversion. Though simple in concept, however, these power supplies are complex in design details and application. Underestimating the complexity can lead to schedule slips, cost overruns, and marginal performance. The increased usage of switching-mode power supplies and some of the associated problems are discussed. Emphasis is on off-line switching-mode power supplies which are smaller and lighter than 400-Hz power supplies but can operated from 60-Hz power sources.

[FOUT82A] Foutz, J. and D. Foutz, Use of a Personal Computer in a Switching-Mode Power Supply Consulting Business, Presentation to the International Power Conversion Society, Los Angeles Area Meeting, May 26, 1982. Also presented at the Computer Rap Session, IEEE Power Electronics Specialist Conference, June 14-17, 1982, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Discusses the skills, hardware, software, and approaches taken in the use of personal computers in a small engineering consulting business. The use of a personal computer is credited with a major role in making the business successful.

[FOUT83A] Foutz, Jerrold, A Structured Approach to the Design, Modeling, and Analysis of Switching-Mode Power Supplies, Powercon®10 Professional Advancement Seminar, San Diego, Ca, March 22, 1983.

The design of a modern power converter frequently involves the consideration of a host of dynamic characteristics and potential dynamic interactions.. some desirable, some undesirable, but all complex. And many of these characteristics and interactions, although described in the literature, are unknown to the average engineer.. until he finds out the hard way, by inadvertently combining the necessary ingredients in his design.

Mr. Foutz is an authority in the design analysis of complex military power systems. In this seminar he will describe, in a comprehensive series of logical developments, the dynamic problems, instabilities, and interactions one may encounter in a switched-mode converter... including a number of little-known effects which the average designer would be unlikely to derive or anticipate. The necessary analytical and modeling techniques for each will be described, along with references as required for further information and study.

Mr. Foutz was Chairman of the 1979 IEEE Power Electronics Specialists Conference and former head of the Power Electronics Branch, Naval Ocean Systems Center.

[FOUT86A] Foutz, J., Expert Systems - The Next Computer Aid for Power Supply Designers, EG&G Invitational Military Power Supply Technology Seminar, Covina, CA, May 1986, and Washington, DC, October 1986 (Presentations)

Presentation on the use of expert systems in power electronics, later updated to a paper [FOUT87A] and then summarized in an article [FOUT88B].

[FOUT87A] Foutz, J., The Use of Expert System Shells for Developing Design Aids for Power Supply Circuit Designers, Proceedings of PowerCAD'87, Los Angeles, California, September 10, 1987, Darnell Research Inc., Garden Grove, California, pp. 80-92

In addition to their conventional use in developing knowledge systems, expert system shells provide a powerful tool for collecting, organizing and retrieving the specialized knowledge that circuit designers use in their daily design activities. By using a shell for this purpose, the knowledge-base foundations for future expert systems is laid. Examples are used to illustrate the use of an expert system shell in this manner. Republished in shorter version for article [FOUT88B].

[FOUT88A] Foutz, J., Power Supply Circuit Development Estimating Aid - An Expert System Application, IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference Record, New Orleans, February 1-5, 1988.

An expert-system-based circuit development estimating aid generates a cost estimate based on the work-plan method. Outputs include hours by labor category, computer and material dollars, and critical path scheduling information. A Delphi panel of engineers with over 200 years of power supply design experience provided the expert knowledge used.

[FOUT88B] Foutz, J., Expert System Shells as an Aid to Power Supply Design, Powertechnics Magazine, May 1988.

In addition to their conventional use in developing knowledge systems, expert system shells are a powerful tool for collecting, organizing and retrieving the specialized knowledge needed by the power supply designer. (Shortened article of [FOUT87A], missing a key table in the original.)

[FOUT88C] Foutz, J., Computer Aids for Communicating Design Expertise in Power Electronics, IEEE Computers in Power Electronics Work Shop Record, August 22-23, 1988, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

This paper asks the question "What computer aids are available for organizing, storing, retrieving, restructuring, and communicating expert knowledge about power electronics?". Topics discussed include word processors, drawing packages, data bases, spread sheets, planning and scheduling programs, application programs, information retrieval, expert system shells, hypertext, and thinking and writing tools.

[FOUT89A] Foutz, J., Hypertext - Introduction

A four hour introduction to hypertext taught as an after hour course at Rockwell International Corporation, Anaheim, CA.

[FOUT89B] Foutz, J., Will Hypertext Enable the Secretary to Design the Power Supply, Computer Tools for Power Conference, held concurrently with the Power Electronics Conference, Long Beach,CA, February 14-16, 1989.

A four hour seminar on application of hypertext to power supply design.

[FOUT90A] Foutz, J., Hypertext and Hypermedia, Rockwell International Engineering Seminar Series, March 14, 1990.

Hypertext is non-sequential writing -- text that branches and allows choices to the reader, best read at an interactive screen. It is a method to extract the maximum knowledge from any system of information. James Burke, the host of the PBS-TV series Connections and The Day the Universe Changed, believes the hypermedia paradigm is more significant to society than the introduction of the printing press.

Ninety two students have completed after-hours training in hypertext with over 50% of them using hypertext on work assignments. This powerful tool requires only knowledge, a word processor, and a free run-time program.

The history of hypertext is presented along with hypertext activities inside and outside of Rockwell. Hypertext is used as the presentation media.

[FOUT91A] Foutz, J., Hypertext for Project Teams

A four hour after hours course a Rockwell International Corporation, Anaheim, CA.

[FOUT91B] Foutz, J., A Hypertext Model for Capturing Lessons Learned, Presentation at Rockwell International Corporation Management Action Circle, May 17, 1991.

Hypertext topics include: Lessons Learned - What does and doesn't work; Problem Solving - Transactional Analysis Discounting Theory; Quality Function Deployment; Applications to a design guide; and Capturing Knowledge on a Hypertext Network.

[FOUT93A] Foutz, J., Design of a Hypertext Power Supply Design Guide, IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference Record, San Diego, CA., March 7-11, 1993.

Quality Function Deployment (QFD) is used to drive user needs into a power supply design guide. These needs are met with hypertext but not met with a printed guide. Features, such as launching computer programs and semi-automatic documentation of the design, greatly expand the concept of a design guide.

[FOUT93B] Foutz, J., Hypertext as an Enabling Tool for Concurrent Engineering Teams, IEEE Electro '93, Edison, NJ., April 27-29, 1993.

The author derives lessons-learned applicable to concurrent engineering teams based on five years of experience with hypertext. This experience includes applying hypertext to a variety of projects and teaching hypertext skills to over 200 employees in after-hour classes.

IEEE Abstracts used with permission.

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