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Comsol News - 2008

COMSOL Multiphysics

Ten Years of Unlimited Simulation Capabilities!

In 1998 COMSOL Multiphysics® made its debut as the first commercial environment to enable scientists, engineers, and researchers to solve any system of coupled physics phenomena in the same simulation. Ever since, users have leveraged the...
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Cyclic Jitters

Electronic commands passed from machine to machine over data networks increasingly drive today's precisely timed and sequenced manufacturing production lines. However, timing irregularities in the signals from even one machine can result in havoc for manufacturing processes on the plant floor. The timing glitches, called cyclic...

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Algae Alternative

Scientists at U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory are working to chemically manipulate algae for production of the next generation of renewable fuels - hydrogen gas. Some varieties of algae contain an enzyme called hydrogenase that can create small amounts of hydrogen gas. Many believe this is used by nature...

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Dental Fillings and Mercury

Mercury within dental fillings is not by itself harmful, but when exposed to sulfate- reducing bacteria, the element undergoes a chemical change that turns it into a potent, ingestible neurotoxin. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago and at Urbana-Champaign have found that mercury particles entering...

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Biomass Becomes Ethanol

Iowa State University researchers are integrating thermo-chemical and catalytic technologies to efficiently produce ethanol from plant biomass, overcoming problems with previous conversion techniques. The process would use high-temperature, fast pyrolysis to convert plant biomass into a bio-oil, which in turn would be...

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NASA Briefs

"Generic Spacecraft" is a library of software developed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) that provides for simulation of a generic spacecraft that can orbit the Earth and land on the Moon (and, eventually, on Mars). The generic-spacecraft simulation serves as a test bed for modeling spacecraft dynamics, propulsion, control...

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Genome Software

Genomics analysis software developed by computer scientists at Stanford can go back 20 generations and identify what continent or broad global region an individual's ancestors were from. The HAPAA software compares an individual to all those in the International HapMap database – a genetic record of 270 individuals of...

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Alzheimer's Risks

Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) have estimated that one in six women are at risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease in their lifetime, while the risk for men is one in ten. According to the researchers, the greater lifetime expectancy for women translates into a greater lifetime risk of...

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Sensing Homemade Bombs

Scientists at the University of California at San Diego have developed a tiny, inexpensive sensor chip able to detect trace amounts of hydrogen peroxide, a chemical used in the most common form of homemade explosives. The scientists believe the sensor could have widespread applications in improving industrial...

Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics

For years, laser manufacturers have promised the ability to produce very high-power, cost-effective lasers that are stable outside of a laboratory environment. Recent requirements in aerospace and...

Products

The MathWorks, Natick, MA, has released Simscape™ software for modeling and simulating multidomain physical systems. Employing a physical network approach to model building, Simscape allows engineers to describe the physical...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Brushless Motor Design Kit

Luminary Micro (Austin, TX) has introduced the Stellaris brushless DC motor control reference design kit, enabling designers without prior motor control experience to implement an advanced motor control system. The kit comprises a four-quadrant controller for three-phase brushless DC motors rated up to 36V, 500W, and...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control

The TDB254WR wide-wheel bevel gear drive from ABM Drives (Germany) incorporates special gearing to produce the industry’s tightest swing radius – just 7in. – for wide wheel capability with zero-offset drive. Designed...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control

A family of industrial load cells from Stellar Technology (Amherst, NY) includes 20 models covering ranges from 5 lb to 1,000,000 lb. These cells are available in pancake, rod end, miniature, through-hole, load pin, beam, and...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control

Four new series of piezoelectric stacked actuators from Physik Instrumente L.P. (Auburn, MA) are equipped with the advanced PIC 255 PICA(TM) Power piezoceramic stacks. Designated the P-212, P-216, P-225, and...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control

The Acuro(TM) AD34 and AD35 absolute encoders from Dynapar (Gurnee, IL) utilizes the company’s proven OptoASIC engine for reliable absolute positioning and speed feedback up to 10,000 RPM. This high-speed capability,...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control

A maintenance-free PTFE bearing liner from Aurora Bearing (Montgomery, IL) provides an alternative to fractured race and light series spherical bearings in hydraulic cylinders in both Metric and inch versions. They are...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control

Maxon’s (Fall River, MA) Freedom Series motion control development tool is a motion control package offered with a choice of four brushless motor options sized from 16 to 40 mm in diameter and up to 1/16 hp. It...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control

Linear translation stages from Edmund Optics (Barrington, NJ) are available with travel track distances as long as 24 in. The stages use rack-and-pinion positioning with accuracy of 0.01 in., and are designed to...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control

BI Technologies’ (Fullerton, CA) 400 Series linear actuated sensor is offered with and without end bearings to suit the different grades of various applications. Redundant output is available, and stroke size ranges...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Accelerometer

Dytran Instruments’ 3234A series IEPE accelerometer is available in three versions with varying sensitivities and range. Model 3234A1 is rated 10mV/g, Model 3234A2 is 100mV/g, and Model 3234A3 is 500mV/g.

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control

The J6 line of industrial joysticks from Elobou Sensor Technology (Lake Bluff, Ill.) is designed for heavy-duty use on vehicles and equipment including machinery, cranes, forklifts, and material handling devices. They...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control

New Scale Technologies (Victor, NY) has added a smaller, lower-power module to its SQL-M line of SQUIGGLE(R) micro-actuators. The SQL-M-1.8 micro-actuator module measures 13.5 × 4.3 × 4.2 mm – 35 percent smaller than the...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control

Igus Inc. (East Providence, RI) is offering a highly-resistant bearing with a wall thickness of just 3 mm. Part of the company’s line of igubal(R) spherical bearings, the bearing requires minimal installation space, is self...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control

The R8C/25-based motor control reference platform from Renesas Technology (San Jose, CA) accelerates the design of brushless DC motor applications. The platform allows engineers to quickly bring the latest...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Brushless DC Pump

Thomas Products Div. (Sheboygan, WI) has introduced a brushless DC WOB-L(R) air compressor and vacuum pump for medical and other applications requiring a small-size and lightweight pump with variable output. The 250 Series pump measures 4.25 x 4.54 x 3.02 in. and weighs only 1.9 lbs.

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control

Metallized Carbon Corp. (Ossining, NY) has unveiled the Metcar Grade 2500 and Metcar Grade 9800 from its Resistox (TM) family of high temperature mechanical grades. Treated with a specially formulated oxidation...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control

Haydon Switch & Instrument (Waterbury, CT) now offers its size 14 hybrid linear actuators with an integrated connector. Offered alone or with a harness assembly, this connector is RoHS compliant and features a positive latch...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control

Placid Industries’ Hystereis brakes features the company’s patented Cog-Buster to automatically smooth braking torque. Frictionless torque is produced by internal magnetic fields rather than contact between...

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