Victor J. Binks Papers
The collection contains notes, publications, manuals, design notebooks, reports, and two annotated volumes created and/or used by Victor J. Binks, UConn graduate and space program engineer.
- undated, 1945 - 1998
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Biographical / Historical
Victor J. Banks was born in Manchester on July 17, 1924. The son of the late Joseph and Henrietta (Sloane) Binks, he served in the Army during WWII as a Medic and received his Bachelors and Masters degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Connecticut in 1956 and 1960, respectively. As a Technical Staff Engineer at Hamilton Standard, UTC, in Windsor Locks, CT, Binks designed life support/air considitiong systems for both space and aircraft appliations. Victor was directly involved in the Apollo Space Missions. He also worked as a Contract Engineer for Pratt & Whitney (1988) for turbine analysis (1988) and for the Fuel Cell Operations division of UTC as a design analyst. His areas of expertise included aerospace and ground based mechanical engineering in the areas of thermodynamics, heat transfer and fluid dynmaics in the preparation of system and component evaulations, specifications, procedures, statistical anyalysis and the cooling of elvtroncis and turbine blades and vanes. He was a member of the America Society of Mechanical Engineers and lived in Manchester, Connecticut. Mr. Binks passed away after a short illness on March 10, 2021.
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Victor J. Binks, in Manchester, CT, on July 17, 1924, was the son of the late Joseph and Henrietta (Sloane) Binks. He served in the Army during WWII as a Medic and graduated from UConn with a Bachelor's (1956) and Master’s (1960) in Mechanical Engineering. His working career included Pratt & Whitney, Hamilton Standard and International Fuel Cells.
During his professional career, Binks was a technical staff engineer with Hamilton Standard designing life support/air conditioning systems for both space and aircraft applications. He also worked as a contract engineer at Pratt & Whitney and the Fuel Cell Operations unit of United Technologies Corp. While at Pratt & Whitney, Binks analyzed finite element models of turbine blades/vanes to improve flow and temperature distribution, reduce stress and predict life. As a Design Analysis contract engineer at the Fuel Cell Operations unit, he redesigned a water recovery condenser for a 200 KW power plant and to predict off-design performance using finite element computer programs.
Mr. Binks died in March 2021 at the age of 96.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The Binks Papers were donated by the family in July 2021.
Photocopies of title, annotacted end pages and sampling of internal underscoring/notes retained when present:
-----. Steam, Its generation and use. New York: The Babcock & Wilcox Company, 1955.
Evans, Frank L., Jr. Equipment Design Handbook for Refineries and Chemical Plants, V. 1-2. Houston: Book Division, Gulf Publishing 1971.
Goodman, Robert B. A Primer on Pneumatic Valves and Controls. Malabar, FL: Krieger Publishing Company, 1997.
Faires, Virgil Moring. Applied Thermodynamics, revised edition. New York: Macmillian Company, undated.
Ham, C. W. and E. J. Crane. Mechanics of Machinery, 3rd edition. New York, McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc., 1948.
Hawkins, George A. Thermodynamics, 2nd edition. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1953.
Howell, John R. and Richard O. Buckius. Fundamentals of Engineering Thermodynamics, SI version. New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1987.
Kays, W. M. and A. L. London. Compact Heat Exchangers. 3rd edition reprint with corrections. Malabar, Florida: Krieger Publishing Company, 1998.
Kennan, Joseph H. Thermodynamics, 8th printing. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1949.
Kern, Donald Q. and Allan D. Kraus. Extended Surface Heat Transfer. New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1972.
Moore, Herbert F. Textbook of the Materials of Engineering. 7th edition, 3rd impression. New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc., 1947.
Poorman, Alfred P. Strength of materials, 4th edition, 5th impression. New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc., 1945.
Raber, B. F. and F. W. Hutchinson. Refrigeration and air conditioning engineering, 4th printing. New York: John Wildy & Sons, Inc., 1945.
Roark, Raymond J. and Warren C. Young. Formulas for Stress and Strain, 5th edition. New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1975.
Rohsenow, Warren M. and Harry Y. Choi. Heat, Mass, and Momentum transfer. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1961.
Rohsenow, Warren M. and James P. Hartnett, eds. Handbook of Heat Transfer. New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1973.
Rouse, Hunter. Elementary mechanics of fluids, 9th printing. New York: John Wildy & Sons, Inc., 1955.
Sauer, Harry J., Jr. and Romald H. Howell. Heat Pump Systems. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1983.
Schneider, P. J. Temperature Response Charts. New York: John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 1963.
Shapiro, Archer H. The Dynamics and Thermodynamics of Compressible Fluid Flow, V. I. New York: The Ronald Press Company, 1953.
Shapiro, Archer H. The Dynamics and Thermodynamics of Compressible Fluid Flow, V. II. New York: The Ronald Press Company, 1954.
Shortley, George and Dudley Williams. Physics. Fundamental principles for students of science and engineering, V. I. New York: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1950.
Skrotzki, Bernhardt G. A. and William A. Vopat. Applied Energy Conversion. A Text in Power Plant Engineering. New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc., 1945.
Smith, William F. Principles of Materials Science and Engineering. New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1986.
Thomson, William Tyrell. Mechanical Vibrations, 2nd edition 2nd printing. New York: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1954.
Timoshenko, S. in collaboration with D. H. Young. Vibration problems in engineering, 3rd edition reprinted. New York: D. Van Nostrand Company, Inc., 1956.
Wylie, C. R., Jr. Advanced Engineering Mathematics. New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc., 1951.
Wylie, C. R., Jr. Advanced Engineering Mathematics, 2nd edition. New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc., 1960.
Jakob, Max. Heat Transfer v. I, 4th printing, New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1955.
Jakob, Max. Heat Transfer v. II, New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1957.
Spotts, M. F., Dwsign of Machine Elements, 2nd edition 3rd printing. New York: Prentic-Hall, Inc., 1954.
-----. National Directory of Architectural, Engineering and Consulting Firms with Certified Fallout Shelter Analysts. Washington, D. C.: Department of Defense, Office of Civil Defense, June 1967.
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