Saturday, December 22, 2007

My top 10 restaurants in New York

Ferrara Bakery & Café

195 Grand Street

between Mulberry & Mott Sts.

(212) 226-6150



Sushi Samba

245 Park Ave South




Asia de Cuba

Morgan Hotel

237 Madison Ave. (Midtown East/Murray Hill)

between 37th and 38th Sts.




Dawat - Indian

210 E. 58th St. (Midtown East/Murray Hill)

between Second and Third Aves.




Jai-Ya Thai

396 Third Ave. (Between 28th and 29th Streets.)

Tel: 212-889-1330




Patsy's Pizza

509 Third Ave, (between 34th and 35th streets), New York City, NY

+1 212 689 7500

also at

509 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10035 · 212-534-9783


Gallagher'S Steak House

228 West 52 Street, New York City, (212) 245-5336



Gonzalez y Gonzalez - Mexican

625 Broadway @ Houston Street

New York NY 10012

Tel 212-473-8787

Salsa Dancing in the evening


Carmine's - Italian

Theater District

200 West 44th Street

New York City

bet. 7th & 8th Aves

(212) 221-3800



Lombardi's - Pizza

32 Spring St, New York, NY 10012 ·


TRAIN: 6 to Spring St

Favorite Restaurants in Washington DC

Its Holiday time….Here is a list of my personal favorite restaurants in Washington DC.


Red Sage – Great Mexican Food

605 Fourteenth Street, NW

Washington, DC 20005

Reservations (202) 638-4444



Mr. K – Best Chinese in USA

2121 K Street NW

Washington, DC 20037




Mon Ami Gabi  - French Food

7239 Woodmont Ave.

Bethesda, MD 20814



Paparazzi Restaurant – Italian Food

1066 Wisconsin Avenue, NW

Phone: 202.298-8000


Asia Nora – Organic Food

2213 M Street,  NW



IndeBleu – Indian and French Fusion

707 G St. NW, Washington,  DC   20001

Phone: 202-333-2538

Metro: Gallery Place/Chinatown (Red, Yellow, Green lines)


The Lebanese Taverna Restaurant  - Persian Food

2641 Connecticut Ave. NW

Washington, DC, 20008

(202) 265-8681



Seasons Restaurant. – American Food

2800 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Washington, DC 20007



OLIVES DC – Italian Food

World Center Bldg.

1600K St. NW

Washington, D.C. 20006

(202) 452-1866



Firefly, Hotel Madera  -American  Food

1310 New Hampshire Ave.

Washington, DC




Mie N Yu – Asian Food

3125 M Street, NW  Washington, DC  20007 

tel. 202.333.6122



Bangkok Joe's – Thai Food


3000 K St., NW

Washington, DC




Wednesday, December 19, 2007

SSC test with 4 point bend fixture as per NACE TM 0177 as well as the ASTM G 39 Specification

The corrosion testing laboratory of TCR in India routinely performs SSCC test with 4 point bend fixture as per NACE TM 0177 as well as the ASTM G 39 Specification. The tests are conducted using a strain gauge to measure stress. The laboratory is accredited as per ISO 17025 specification. In the past, the lab has conducted tests under third party inspection of BV, LRS, TUV etc.


TCR has been carrying out Sulphide Stress Corrosion Cracking (SSC) test for the past 10 years with tensile specimen. At several occasions, the corrosion testing department at the material testing lab of TCR have tested as per 4 point bend test and C ring specimen also.   TRC has used 4 point bend specimen under Third Party inspection of BV for Chloride Stress Corrosion Test.


The specimen for 4 point bend test shall be a flat specimen of different sizes.  We have 3 type of fixtures ready for 4 point bend test.  These can accommodate following sizes:

a)            140 x 25 x 5mm

b)            106 x 15 x 2mm

c)            63 x 4.5 x 1.68mm


These samples are prepared in our own machine shop in Mumbai, India using milling and surface grinding machines.


The technicians at the lab at TCR note the strain required to produce desired stress by loading a sample in tensile to desired stress and note the strain.  This manner enables for validation of the strain measuring and loading arrangement.  All specimen are loaded to a particular deflection which will provide some strain.


TCR has a set of 9 fixtures of each type and therefore we can load up to 9 specimens of one type at a time.  If more are fixtures are needed, we can get more fixtures made at one week's notice.  We have capacity to accommodate up to 24 specimens in our set of 3 vessels. 


In case more than 24 number of specimens need to be tested, we can always add another couple of vessel and it would increase capacity up to 40 specimens at a time. In order to add more vessels, it will take us about 2 to 3 weeks notice and in the meantime, we can proceed with machining of samples so that we are ready with specimen by the time over additional fixtures and cells are ready.  


You can send your samples to:


TCR Engineering Services Pvt. Ltd.

Attn: Sample Receipt

Plot No. EL–182, MIDC–TTC, Electronic Zone,

Behind NELCO, Mhape, NAVI MUMBAI–400 710


Tel: 27612324, 27631508, 27610921–22–23

Tel: 32936355, 65160805, 65168100

Tel: +91–(22)–65168200     Fax: +91–(22)–27612044


Please mention the following on the shipping document "Materials with no commercial value. Materials being sent for mechanical/chemical analysis and testing purposes only." You can send samples using DHL, UPS, Fedex or any local courier company. In rare circumstances, a small and nominal customs duty may be applied. If TCR pays this duty, we will apply the actual amount to your invoice.


Over the past 34 years, TCR Engineering Services has provided quality assurance and fabrication inspection services to companies in the Oil, Petro-Chemical and Natural Gas Sectors. We are India's only multi-national material testing laboratory with labs / offices in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Washington, Mumbai and Baroda. Over 2000+ customers trust TCR to be their quality assurance partner.


Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for 2008.


At TCR, we stand ready to undertake the following:

-          Third Party inspection across India using Mechanical and Metallurgical Engineers, ASNT Level II inspectors, Welding qualification inspection using AWS/CSWIP inspectors, BGAS inspectors and NDT Project Managers

-          Vendor Evaluation, Factory Audits,

-          Mechanical Testing, Chemical Analysis, Positive Material Identification (PMI), Non Destructive Testing (NDT including Automated UT using ToFD), Metallography, RoHS Compliance Testing, Corrosion Testing (including HIC/SSC), Failure Analysis Metallurgical Product Evaluation, Heat Treatment, Manpower Deployment, Training, Engineering Research and Consultancy.


Earlier this year the company has been awarded the “Excellent Laboratory Award for 2007” from NACE International (India chapter).


Do visit to know more about TCR Engineering Services.

Friday, December 07, 2007

National Symposium on Plasma Science & Technology

Institute for Plasma Research, Bhat, Gandhinagar is going to host the “22nd National  Symposium on Plasma Science & Technology” (PLASMA-2007) during  December 06 -10, 2007. It is expected that about 400 scientists and engineers working in the field of Plasma Science & Technology will attend this symposium. This symposium will provide a platform to interact with National R & D Organizations and industries for recent developments in these fields.


The technical program will comprise of invited talks, contributed oral and poster presentations in the following areas ;

·                Basic Plasma Physics (BP)

·                Nuclear Fusion & Technology (NF)

·                Plasma Diagnostics (PD)

·                Space & Astrophysical Plasma (SA)

·                Exotic Plasma : Dusty, Quark Gluon plasma etc. (EP)

·                Laser-Plasma Interaction (LP)

·                Plasma Processing and Industrial Applications (PP)

·                Simulation and modelling for Plasma (CM)

IPR : The Institute for Plasma Research (IPR) is an autonomous body of the Department of Atomic Energy dedicated to fundamental and applied research in the field of plasma physics and thermonuclear fusion and development of technologies relevant to these fields. The overall goal of pursuing thermonuclear fusion research is to develop it as a viable energy technology for future. IPR also is the domestic agency empowered to design, build and deliver advanced systems and sub-systems forming part of the multi-national thermonuclear reactor project, namely ITER, which have been assigned to India.

With over 300 scientists & engineers, IPR has, over the years, build India's first indigenous tokamak machine "Aditya" and is currently pursuing the development of superconducting steady state tokamak SST-1.

PSSI : The Plasma Science Society Of India is a three decade old professional society with more than 700 members from academic, R&D organizations as well as the industry. Based in Ahmedabad,  PSSI  provides a  common forum to the members of the plasma science & technology community in India to interact with and promote various issues related to this field.