Special Coverage

NASA Supercomputer Simulations Reveal 'Noisy' Aerodynamics
Robotic Gripper Cleans Up Space Debris
Soft Robot “Walks” on Any Terrain
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Using Microwaves to Produce High-Quality Graphene
Transducer-Actuator Systems for On-Machine Measurements and Automatic Part Alignment
Wide-Area Surveillance Using HD LWIR Uncooled Sensors
Heavy Lift Wing in Ground (WIG) Cargo Flying Boat
Technique Provides Security for Multi-Robot Systems
Bringing New Vision to Laser Material Processing Systems
NASA Tests Lasers’ Ability to Transmit Data from Space

Synergistic Coatings Meet Demanding Aerospace Challenges

Aerospace and airframe manufacturers know how difficult it is to design components that can withstand extreme environments while providing corrosion and wear protection. Making things even more complicated is the need to comply with international standards, such as REACH. While engineers favor composites, aluminum, titanium and magnesium for their light weight, most of these metals are highly susceptible to corrosion if left unprotected. A new white paper explores how applying synergistic surface enhancement coatings can address and overcome these industry challenges.

Posted in: White Papers, Aerospace, Materials
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Technical Webinar Series from the Editors of SAE - Lightweighting with Composites and Plastics

The automotive sector is asking more than ever from plastics engineers for innovations that reduce vehicle weight.

Posted in: On-Demand Webinars, Automotive, Composites, Materials, Plastics
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Annual IIoT Maturity Survey

A survey of senior-level, experienced Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) decision-makers and influencers in the manufacturing, oil and gas (O&G), and transportation industries confirms that IIoT has progressed beyond hype to widespread use. Eighty six percent of participants in the Bsquare 2017 Annual IIoT Maturity Survey have adopted IIoT solutions and 84% believe their solutions are very or extremely effective.

Posted in: White Papers, Electronics & Computers
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Sound-Off: How Can the SAE J3061 Standard Prevent Automotive Hacks?

In 2015, two security researchers demonstrated the remote hacking of a Jeep Cherokee. What guidance exists to prevent these kinds of automotive cyberattacks? A Tech Briefs reader asks two authors of the automotive cybersecurity standard J3061™.

Posted in: News, Automotive
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New Solar Power Receivers are Better at Absorbing Sunlight

Sandia National Laboratories engineers have developed new fractal-like, concentrating solar power receivers for small- to medium-scale use that are up to 20 percent more effective at absorbing sunlight than current technology.

Posted in: INSIDER, Energy Efficiency, Solar Power
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Asphalt Helps Batteries Charge Faster

A touch of asphalt may be the secret to creating high-capacity lithium metal batteries that charge 10 to 20 times faster than commercial lithium-ion batteries, according to Rice University scientists. In addition, the asphalt-containing batteries do not catch fire or explode, and manufacturing is simplified.

Posted in: INSIDER, Energy Efficiency
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Body Energy as a Power Source

Smartphones, fitness trackers, and medical equipment have a constant hunger for power. The solution: power supply by means of energy produced by body movements. Two systems that meet this requirement were developed. One design uses body weight during walking, and the other generator can be worn on the wrist like a wristwatch.

Posted in: INSIDER, Energy, Energy Efficiency
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Automated Vehicle Technology; Impressive but Raises Many Questions

Autonomous vehicles are coming to a street near you; very soon. But are they ready?

There is a lot of technology available and many of the necessary sensor systems have found their way into vehicles we drive now such as interactive cruise control, pedestrian monitoring, collision avoidance and many more features. However, Autonomous cars are different than any other. They are decision makers. As such how we test them, introduce them to the marketplace, investigate accidents and manage maintenance will be very different. In this article we raise questions we have considered and make a case for the use of an independent black box in such vehicles to improve decision making and collect the data needed to understand the causes and consequences of an incident.

Posted in: White Papers, Automotive, Test & Measurement
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Autonomous Vehicle Standards – A Comprehensive Discussion

Vehicle Connectivity, including the real prospects of hands-free and fully autonomous driving, is revolutionizing personal mobility as profoundly as the invention of the automobile did 130 years ago. Cars, light trucks, and commercial vehicles equipped with vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V), vehicle-to-pedestrian (V2P), and vehicle-to-everything (V2X) technologies will reduce crashes, energy consumption and pollution, as well as mitigate the costs associated with traffic and parking congestion.

Posted in: On-Demand Webinars, Automation
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Industrial IoT: Keeping Heavy-Duty Vehicles Moving

Commercial trucking, agriculture, and construction businesses know the challenges of relying on heavy-duty vehicles and equipment for day to day operations and the cost of maintenance over a vehicle's lifetime.

Posted in: White Papers, Electronics & Computers
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