Special Coverage


Small, Modular Fusion Plant Brings Power Source Closer to Reality

Advances in magnet technology have enabled researchers at MIT to propose a new design for a practical compact tokamak fusion reactor — and it’s one that might be realized in as little as a decade, they say. The era of practical fusion power, which could offer a nearly inexhaustible energy resource, may be coming near.

Posted in: News


New Technology Could Reduce Wind Energy Costs

Engineers from the University of Sheffield have developed a novel technique to predict when bearings inside wind turbines will fail, which could make wind energy cheaper. The method uses ultrasonic waves to measure the load transmitted through a ball bearing in a wind turbine. The stress on wind turbine is recorded and then engineers can forecast its remaining service life.

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Electronic Component Testing: A Non-contact Sport

As electronic circuit boards and components get smaller and more powerful, inherent heat can cause significant damage. Infrared thermography can identify hot spots, allowing for improved thermal management and greater advances in circuit board design.

Posted in: White Papers, Electronics, Cameras


Conductive, Convective and Radiative Heat Transfer

Understanding heat transfer is central to verifying and optimizing products and system designs. Thermal characteristics and mechanical performance must be considered in the development of products such as reactors and electronic devices. Changes in a temperature field can occur due to conduction, convection, and radiation. But how important is each mode of heat transfer? What is needed for an accurate simulation? These are some of the questions we will address, in addition to showing a live demo of modeling heat transfer in COMSOL Multiphysics®. The webinar will conclude with a Q&A session.

Posted in: On-Demand Webinars


Will an aquatic barrier clean up the ocean?

This week's Question: According to recent research from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, there are currently 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic in the world's oceans. The Ocean Cleanup, an organization seeking to rid waters of plastic waste, has plans to build a massive aquatic "barrier" in the ocean that would corral trash into a concentrated area for collection and disposal. The barrier, which will appear as a large "V" shape in the water, will "take advantage of the natural movement of ocean currents," drawing debris to the center of the structure. The team plans to build the wall in the water between Hawaii and California by 2020. What do you think? Will an aquatic barrier clean up the ocean?  

Posted in: Question of the Week


ZMDI Motor Control Technology – Control and Design for Automotive Exterior Mirror Systems

Demand is expanding for intelligent actuator/motor controllers in industrial, medical, and automotive applications. Often a small form factor and minimal external components are also required. In response, actuator/motor controller ICs with higher levels of built-in functionality, user-configurability, and integrated current and temperature sensing are needed. Many applications, for example automotive, also require safety and diagnostic features, minimized power consumption, and standard communication interfaces.

Posted in: On-Demand Webinars, Motors & Drives


The Need for Speed

With today’s engineering challenges, the need for non-contact, high speed thermal measurement has never been greater. Traditional forms of temperature measurement such as thermocouples and spot pyrometers do not offer the resolution or speed required to fully characterize high speed thermal devices and provide adequate temperature measurement. Infrared cameras offer thousands, even millions, of points of non-contact high speed thermal measurement. However, not all infrared detectors are created equal. Here we’ll discuss the most common types of thermal infrared detectors and the capabilities as well as limitations of each. You’ll find this discussion helpful for solving applications involving fast moving targets or targets with fast thermal slew rates and the following information will provide the knowledge base to ensure measurements are reliable, avoiding a “garbage in, garbage out” situation.

Posted in: White Papers, Cameras, Data Acquisition, Detectors