2015 Create the Future Design Contest: Electronics Category Winner
Posted in Articles, Electronics on Saturday, 31 October 2015
Real-Time Fiber Optic Sensing System Lance Richards
NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center
Edwards, CA A team at NASA Armstrong has developed fiber optic sensing system (FOSS) technology that represents a major breakthrough in high-speed operational monitoring and sensing. Driven by ultra-efficient algorithms, FOSS can be used to determine, in real time, a variety of critical parameters including strain, shape deformation, temperature, liquid level, and operational loads. This state-of-the-art sensor system delivers reliable measurements in the most demanding environments confronted by aerospace, automotive, and energy sectors. FOSS is ideal for monitoring the structural health of aircraft, buildings, and dams; improving the efficiency of turbines and industrial equipment; and detecting instabilities within tunnels and power plants.
Traceability Best Practices for Systems Engineers
Posted in White Papers, Electronics on Wednesday, 14 October 2015
Serious situations: In the middle of a project, your best customer changes a high-level business requirement. How will this change impact the system spec your engineers are working on right now? How will it impact scope for the upcoming release?
Electronic Component Testing: A Non-contact Sport
Posted in White Papers, Electronics, Cameras on Thursday, 10 September 2015
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.
Creating Stretchy Conductors for Flexible Electronics
Posted in News, Electronic Components, Electronics, Diagnostics, Patient Monitoring on Wednesday, 09 September 2015
A team of engineers at Washington State University, Pullman, discovered how to stretch metal films used in flexible electronics to twice their size without breaking, which they say, could lead to dramatic improvements in flexible electronics. This may advance applications in bendable batteries, robotic skins, wearable monitoring devices and sensors, and connected fabrics.
DoD Pushes for Wearable Electronics
Posted in News, Electronic Components, Electronics, Patient Monitoring on Tuesday, 08 September 2015
As part of a Department of Defense effort to partner with industry and academia to ensure that the US continues to lead in the new frontiers of manufacturing, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced that the Obama administration will award a Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Flexible Hybrid Electronics to a consortium of 162 companies, universities, and non-profits led by the FlexTech Alliance.
Development of Real-Time Battery Models for HIL testing of Battery Management Systems
Posted in White Papers, Electronics on Tuesday, 18 August 2015
The explosion in the use of electronic devices, electrified vehicles and decentralized power utilities has driven demand for rechargeable batteries. This has led to a significant increase in research investment into battery technologies to address challenges including thermal stability and battery life extension. This whitepaper outlines how such challenges can be overcome in the development of a Hardware-in-the-Loop (HIL) testing system for the Battery Management Systems (BMS) used in electrical energy storage products.
Delivering Roadworthy Designs: Automotive Electronics Circuit Protection Overview, Applications & Standards
Posted in On-Demand Webinars, Electronics on Monday, 17 August 2015
Today’s automotive designs include nearly 100 microprocessors; that number is expected to double in five years. And from in-dash displays to connected technologies to safety systems, all on-board electronics require circuit protection designed-in.

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