Thomas Anthony TroszakReciprodyne · Machine and Process Design
Thomas Anthony Troszak
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Technical consultant and technology provider to industrial manufacturers, aerospace and military contractors, research and educational institutions. Conservator of Industrial Artifacts. Developed proprietary technologies, machines, tools, equipment, and methods used in more than 20 countries, and in major U.S. universities. Clients include (NSWC Carderock), Raytheon, Whirlpool, Mitsubishi, John Deer, Caterpillar, Owens Corning, UVA, UCICL, and many others.
July 1996 - present
- Head of Department
The LVBR was conceived, designed and built by Thomas A. Troszak of Reciprodyne, at the request of the NSWCCD, and originally commissioned at the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Carderock Division in Bethesda, MD. It is now in use at UVA by the Opila Research Group - "The Low Velocity Burner Rig (LVBR) is used as an efficient means of subjecting...
A German-built railcar has been thoroughly cleaned, stabilized, and aesthetically restored to what is believed to be an accurate representation of its most likely appearance during the period of the Jewish deportations during the Second World War. A highly specialized method of examination developed by the author uncovered two original DR serial nu...
All modern technologies are based on the non-renewable fossil fuels and fossil energy that made them possible. Solar photovoltaic (solar PV) technology is no exception. For example, every step in the production of solar PV power systems requires an input of fossil fuels - as the carbon reductants needed for smelting silicon from ore, to provide man...
Despite many optimistic predictions, solar photovoltaic (solar PV) power still represents only a small fraction of the global electricity supply as of 2020. More than two decades of near-exponential growth and investment in solar PV development have taken place, yet the amount of fossil fuels being burned for power is still increasing. This apparen...
"Despite many optimistic predictions, solar photovoltaic (solar PV) power still represents only a small fraction of the global electricity supply as of 2020. More than two decades of near-exponential growth and investment in solar PV development have taken place, yet the amount of fossil fuels being burned for power is still increasing. This appare...
Few people are aware that even the most advanced, large-scale, modern technologies are still largely built by hand, using tools and techniques that are more than a century old. Behind the technicians in labcoats and their shiny laboratory apparatus are an army of skilled craftsmen, often working on their hands and knees amidst a proliferation of ol...
Increasing solar PV to a provide a significant share of global electricity supplies would require constructing thousands of new PV manufacturing facilities, along with new coal or nuclear plants to power them - as long as mineral fuels are still available. Production infrastructure requires a significant expenditure of non-renewable fossil resource...
In this article, the author explains that due to their imposing size, many industrial artifacts were commonly "restored" using highly destructive industrial methods that erased any or all evidence of use that could have provided valuable historical information about the role of the artifact in the historic record. The 1990 conservation treatment of...