Briefs : Information Technology
Rotorcraft Diagnostics

Health management (HM) in any engineering systems requires adequate understanding about the system’s functioning; a sufficient amount of monitored data; the capability to extract, analyze, and collate information; and the capability to combine understanding and information for HM-related estimation and decision-making....

Briefs : Information Technology
Recursive Branching Simulated Annealing Algorithm

This innovation is a variation of a simulated- annealing optimization algorithm that uses a recursive-branching structure to parallelize the search of a parameter space for the globally optimal solution to an objective. The algorithm has been demonstrated to be more effective at searching a...

Briefs : Information Technology
Method for Pre-Conditioning a Measured Surface Height Map for Model Validation

This software allows one to up-sample or down-sample a measured surface map for model validation, not only without introducing any re-sampling errors, but also eliminating the existing measurement noise and measurement errors. Because the re-sampling of a surface map...

Briefs : Physical Sciences
In Situ Potassium-Argon Geochronology Using Fluxed Fusion and a Double Spike

A document highlights an Li-based fluxing agent that enables sample fusion and quantitative Ar-release at relatively low temperatures (900–1,000 ºC), readily achievable with current flight resistance furnace designs. A solid, double spike containing known quantities...

Briefs : Physical Sciences
Fiber-Optic Micrometeoroid/Orbital Debris Impact Detector System

A document describes a reliable, lightweight micrometeoroid/orbital debris (MMOD) detection system that can be located at strategic positions of “high consequence” to provide real-time warning of a penetration, its location, and the extent of the damage to a spacecraft.

Briefs : Physical Sciences
Nanostructure Secondary- Mirror Apodizing Mask for Transmitter Signal Suppression in a Duplex Telescope

A document discusses a nanostructure apodizing mask, made of multi-walled carbon nanotubes, that is applied to the centers (or in and around the holes) of the secondary mirrors of telescopes that are used to interferometrically measure the...

Briefs : Physical Sciences
Advanced Fire Detector for Space Applications

A document discusses an optical carbon monoxide sensor for early fire detection. During the sensor development, a concept was implemented to allow reliable carbon monoxide detection in the presence of interfering absorption signals.

Briefs : Materials
Bioabsorbable Material Textile for Improving In Vivo Device Design

A non-woven absorbable scaffold has been designed for implant devices in orthopedics, cardiology, and general surgery, as well as other in vivo applications. Where classic tissue engineering utilized non-woven textile structures as environments for cell growth, medical device...

Briefs : Robotics, Automation & Control
Rotary Sensing Technologies for Medical and Robotic Shaft Angle Sensing Applications

Today’s sensor technologies for robotic and medical applications include many devices that have evolved from industrial applications. Because of this general migration, they are not ideally suited to the requirements in new robotic and medical products....

Briefs : Medical
Functional Electrical Stimulation Technique May Improve Neural Implants

Electrical implants that shut down excessive activity in brain cells hold great potential for treating epilepsy and chronic pain. Likewise, devices that enhance neurons’ activity may help restore function to people with nerve damage.

Articles : Electronics & Computers
VPX: The State of the Ecosystem

You can never have too much bandwidth. High-speed processing and growing amounts of data to be communicated require generous bandwidth from the board level to the I/O. VPX, with a backplane connector system supporting 6.25 Gb/s in a switched fabric architecture, is the latest generation of VMEbus and offers new...

Articles : Electronics & Computers
Thin Cavity Cooling of Electronic Circuitry

Anovel tested technology for cooling electronic circuitry is also useful in many other industries. The method is called “Thin Cavity Fluidic Heat Exchanger”(TCFHE). Technology details can be viewed at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Web site, at application 20100078155.

Articles : Electronics & Computers
Embedded Video Requirements Drive New Mezzanine Card Format

Sophisticated graphics have hit the embedded systems world and are increasingly demanded by military, aerospace, industrial, and medical applications. The problem, of course, is that graphics are challenging even in the desktop world. In embedded designs, they present unique issues that...

Articles : Test & Measurement
Influence of Position Measurement on Accuracy in 5-Axis Machining

Productivity and accuracy are important attributes in the competition for machine tools. Five-axis machining provides considerable potential for increasing productivity. In many cases it permits higher metal removal rates than 3-axis machining. Production times can be...

Articles : Aerospace
Changing How We Fly Aviation Technology Today and Tomorrow

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reported that last year, U.S. and foreign air carriers transported an estimated 161.8 million passengers between the United States and the rest of the world. The FAA estimates there will be one billion passengers in 2024. So how does the aviation...

Application Briefs : Software
NASA Adopts Modeling and Simulation Software for Space Exploration Projects

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, CA, has implemented Maple, MapleSim, and MapleNet modeling and simulation software from Maplesoft in its various projects. Curiosity, JPL’s latest space rover that launched last November, aims to explore Mars to...

Application Briefs : Materials
Thin-Film Tape Protects Mars Rover Wiring

A high-performance thin-film product created specifically for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA, is being used to ensure the electrical currents from the Mars Rover Curiosity’s different systems will not interfere with each other or impede the rover’s operation, while also protecting...

Application Briefs : Software
Rendering Software Helps NASA’s Conceptual Image Lab Bring Science to the Public

NASA’s Conceptual Image Lab (CIL) at Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD, solves problems for scientists and astronomers who are tasked with bringing hard science to the public. Breaking down complicated concepts into a stream of easily digestible...

Articles : Green Design & Manufacturing
Bacteria Provide Cleanup of Oil Spills and Wastewater

Given the size of our planet and its wealth of resources, it is easy to forget that those resources are finite. As Earth’s human population continues to grow, the questions of how to effectively limit and recycle waste, avoid environmental contamination, and make the most of water and fuel...

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DT9862S

Data Translation, Marlboro, MA, has released the DT9862S high-speed simultaneous USB data acquisition module that offers a bandwidth of 300 MHz with crystal-controlled sampling for low-jitter applications. An external clock input enables the user to lock the under-sampling to a multiple of the signal under test. The module offers two...

Application Briefs : Motion Control
New Automotive Test Bench Concept Eliminates Gyrating Mass

At its location in Recklinghausen, Germany, EDAG-Prüftechnik has offered comprehensive services in the conception, development, construction, and assembly of test benches for over three decades. EDAG’s clients include renowned manufacturers from the automotive industry as well as...

Products : Motion Control
Servo Drives

AMK Drives and Controls (Richmond, VA) offers the AMKASMART iC servo drives for single-axis machines and modular machine configurations. The compact drives for closed-loop control of servomotors up to 10 kW peak power can be installed almost anywhere in a machine. The drives come equipped with 3x 400VAC supply, mains filter, brake...

Products : Motion Control
Magnetic Encoder

The iC-MH8 from iC-Haus GmbH (Bodenheim, Germany) is a variable system-on-chip magnetic encoder for motor control applications. Combined with a diametrically magnetized permanent magnet, this device can be used to create a universal encoder with motor commutation and positioning interfaces. The device includes a Hall sensor...

Products : Motion Control
Accelerometer

Silicon Designs (Issaquah, WA) has introduced the Model 2210-005, a ±5g, low-noise, single-axis accelerometer module that incorporates MEMS capacitive sensing elements. The sensing elements are packaged within a lightweight anodized epoxy aluminum housing, occupying a footprint of one square inch. The accelerometers feature a...

Products : Motion Control
Actuators

Exlar Corp. (Chanhassen, MN) offers the Tritex II™ DC-powered actuators that integrate power and control electronics with brushless servo motors and actuators in one package. The actuators are combined with electronic power and thermal management modeling. They offer continuous forces of 1,000 pounds, 1,300 pounds peak, and speeds...

Products : Motion Control
Brushless Motors

The Gen2.0 PremiumPlus+™ brushless permanent magnet motors from NovaTorque (Sunnyvale, CA) are driven by variable frequency drives and feature a fluxfocusing stator and rotor hub geometry. The motors feature all-ferrite magnets, and are packaged in standard NEMA frame sizes and mounting dim ensions. Due to high power density,...

Products : Motion Control
Digital Servo Drive

Servo2Go.com (Greenville, DE) offers Applied Motion Products’ SVAC3 Series digital servo drives. The AC powered drives can be controlled via analog signal or step and direction inputs. They also can be programmed to act as standalone units. All models include Ethernet/ IP industry-standard network communication with...

Products : Motion Control
Acceleration Sensors

Bosch Sensortec (Reutlingen, Germany) has introduced the BMA280 and BMA255 triaxial acceleration sensors with 14-bit and 12- bit resolutions, respectively. The sensors are available in a 2 × 2 mm LGA package and measure changes in acceleration as low as 0.25 milli-g. They feature a low noise level of 120 micro-g/vHz for the...

Products : Motion Control
Digital Torquemeter

The MCRT® 88700V dual-range digital torquemeter from S. Himmelstein (Hoffman Estates, IL) measures torque even if the ratio of peak to average torque is high, such as when starting, stopping, or reversing highinertia loads. When peak torques are unknown, the torquemeter reduces the risk of damage from unexpected or...

Products : Motion Control
Servo Motor

Beckhoff Automation (Burnsville, MN) has released the AM8000 servo motor series featuring single-cable technology that combines the power and feedback system into one standard motor cable. The encoder data, rotor position, multi-turn information, and status of the thermal conditions in the motor are transmitted via a digital...

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