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Laser Cutting System

Cincinnati Inc. (Cincinnati, OH) introduced the CL-707 high-speed, super-size laser with interchangeable 8 × 20' cutting tables. The linear motor drive delivers 10,000 ipm head positioning. The 5 kW power of the cutting head cuts through 10 ga steel at up to 1,000 ipm and can process mild steel up to 1" thick. Each 8 ( 20' pallet can be loaded with multiple sheets. Pallets change automatically, and 320 sq. ft. of material can be processed between the two pallets. A breakaway feature safeguards against debris, and an electronic shutter with trigger-discharge electrodes assists pulsing characteristics for smooth cutting.

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LED Transmitters

OPTEK Technology (Carrollton, TX) offers the OPF670 series of fiber optic LED transmitters for integration into data communications equipment. The series consists of the OPF670 in a TO-46 package, the OPF672 in a standard profile metal housing, and the OPF673 in a low-profile metal housing. The units launch optical power into 50/125 μmor 62.5/125 μm-diameter multimode fibers and are thermally stable. The OPF670 unit is designed for active alignment into a connector receptacle in a TO-46 package with a plastic lens cap. The 672 and 673 models are equipped with an ST connector.

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Non-Circular Optical Fibers

Liekki (Lohja, Finland) has released square and rectangular optical fibers for high-power delivery applications. Square- and rectangular-shaped fibers more closely match optical sources. Different combinations — rectangular core-round cladding or rectangular core-rectangular cladding — are available. The fibers exhibit low photodarkening, flat refractive index profile, and reduced nonlinear effects.

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Tunable Light Source

The TLS Series of software-controlled (Windows®) wavelength tunable light sources from Optometrics Corp. (Ayer, MA) can be used for detector sensitivity testing, color matching, and characterization, as well as reflectivity and absorption of different materials. Featuring a USB interface, abilities include wavelength selection from 360 to 1,000 nm and scanning between wavelengths. Bandpass output ranges from 6, 10, and 25 nm, and to illuminate specific wavelengths, a stepper motor is integrated. Manual versions also are offered.

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Aerostructures Test Wing

Test data can be used to refine predictions of the onset of flutter. The Aerostructures Test Wing (ATW) was an apparatus used in a flight experiment during a program of research on aeroelastic instabilities. The ATW experiment was performed to study a specific instability known as flutter. Flutter is a destructive phenomenon caused by adverse coupling of structural dynamics and aerodynamics. The process of determining a flight envelope within which an aircraft will not experience flutter, known as flight flutter testing, is very dangerous and expensive because predictions of the instability are often unreliable.

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Flight-Test Evaluation of Flutter-Prediction Methods

Experiments have demonstrated the accuracy of predictions of instability. The flight-test community routinely spends considerable time and money to determine a range of flight conditions, called a flight envelope, within which an aircraft is safe to fly. The cost of determining a flight envelope could be greatly reduced if there were a method of safely and accurately predicting the speed associated with the onset of an instability called flutter.

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Innovative, High-Pressure, Cryogenic Control Valve: Short Face-to-Face, Reduced Cost

This design includes several improvements over prior designs. A control valve that can throttle high-pressure cryogenic fluid embodies several design features that distinguish it over conventional valves designed for similar applications. Field and design engineers worked together to create a valve that would simplify installation, trim changes, and maintenance, thus reducing overall cost. The seals and plug stem packing were designed to perform optimally in cryogenic temperature ranges. Unlike conventional high-pressure cryogenic valves, the trim size can be changed independent of the body.

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