Keyword: Durability

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Briefs: Materials
Researchers in the Lyding Group at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign have discovered an efficient, sustainable method for 3D-printing single-walled carbon nanotube films, a versatile, durable material that can transform how we explore space, engineer aircraft, and wear electronic technology.
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Briefs: Materials
This new approach is useful for building radiation shields via the Z-grading method, the process of layering metal materials with different atomic numbers to provide radiation protection for protons, electrons, and x-rays.
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Briefs: Unmanned Systems
The robots will be challenged to carry out work too dangerous for humans.
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Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
A new fabrication technique helps improve the performance of flying micro-robots.
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Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The camera was designed for use in space and other extreme environments.
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5 Ws: Robotics, Automation & Control
The durable soft electronics could be used in wearable electronics and soft robotics and could someday be part of a stretchable smartphone.
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Briefs: Materials
Synthesis of fiber-metal laminates is performed using RF plasma spray deposition.
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Briefs: Energy
An entire 20-story concrete building could store energy like a giant battery.
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Briefs: Aerospace
Applications include aerospace and automotive components, prosthetics, sporting goods, and other uses where strength-to-weight ratio is important.
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Briefs: Materials
The high-quality bioplastics can be molded into a film that can be used in plastic bags and packaging.
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Briefs: Aerospace
This could lead to the commercial development of smart glass, with applications ranging from imaging to advanced robotics.
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Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The material could be used in security, health, industrial, and safety applications.
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Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
This work could lead to much more robust devices that continue to operate in spite of damage.
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Briefs: Materials
These glass substrates can be used for displays on smartphones and tablets and for other durable, impact-resistant applications.
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Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
By emulating the natural cellular architecture of wood, green products such as clothes, packaging, and furniture can be manufactured with unique properties.
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Briefs: Communications
The network is designed for remote, low-resource locations where power and communications infrastructure are scarce.
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Articles: RF & Microwave Electronics
Standard commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) connectors continue to be a great resource for quick prototypes and reference designs.
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Briefs: Nanotechnology
Aerogels based on cellulose nanofibers can effectively shield electromagnetic radiation over a wide frequency range.
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Briefs: Software
This rapid screening system tests fracture resistance in billions of potential materials.
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Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The new filament allows low-cost printers to produce parts with mechanical properties competitive with injection molded plastics.
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Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
Perseverance will have the ability to land in more challenging terrain than Curiosity, making more rugged sites eligible as safe landing candidates.
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Briefs: Unmanned Systems
These composites could improve how unmanned vehicles dissipate energy.
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Briefs: Energy
These robust materials convert excess heat energy into electricity.
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Briefs: Power
Embedded Gas and Temperature Sensors for Extreme Environments

Innovative process control systems for improved efficiency and lower emissions in current and future fossil-fuel-based power systems and related applications require durable, embedded sensor technology that can operate at higher temperatures and in harsh conditions.

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Stronger and flexible, polyimide aerogels provide insulation and structural support.
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Articles: Imaging
Program managers and engineers in the military markets need to know about the emergence of new display technologies in the consumer sector.
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Briefs: Software
Design Software Identifies a Product's Performance Tradeoffs

Designing any product — from complex car parts to wrenches — is a balancing act with conflicting performance tradeoffs. Making something lightweight, for instance, may compromise its durability.

Briefs: Nanotechnology

Anyone who skis, wears glasses, uses a camera, or drives a car is familiar with the problem: Coming into a humid environment from the cold causes eyewear, camera lenses, or windshields to...

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Articles: Transportation

Smarter, better, faster, less expensive — those words are the mantra of today’s global economy. As organizations seek to streamline operations and do more with less, they...

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