Keyword: Durability

Briefs: Unmanned Systems
A new fabrication technique helps improve the performance of flying micro-robots.
Briefs: Aerospace
The camera was designed for use in space and other extreme environments.
5 Ws: Semiconductors & ICs
The durable soft electronics could be used in wearable electronics and soft robotics and could someday be part of a stretchable smartphone.
Briefs: Materials
Synthesis of fiber-metal laminates is performed using RF plasma spray deposition.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
An entire 20-story concrete building could store energy like a giant battery.
Briefs: Automotive
Applications include aerospace and automotive components, prosthetics, sporting goods, and other uses where strength-to-weight ratio is important.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
The high-quality bioplastics can be molded into a film that can be used in plastic bags and packaging.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
This could lead to the commercial development of smart glass, with applications ranging from imaging to advanced robotics.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The material could be used in security, health, industrial, and safety applications.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
This work could lead to much more robust devices that continue to operate in spite of damage.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
These glass substrates can be used for displays on smartphones and tablets and for other durable, impact-resistant applications.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
By emulating the natural cellular architecture of wood, green products such as clothes, packaging, and furniture can be manufactured with unique properties.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The network is designed for remote, low-resource locations where power and communications infrastructure are scarce.
Articles: RF & Microwave Electronics
Standard commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) connectors continue to be a great resource for quick prototypes and reference designs.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Aerogels based on cellulose nanofibers can effectively shield electromagnetic radiation over a wide frequency range.
Briefs: Materials
This rapid screening system tests fracture resistance in billions of potential materials.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The new filament allows low-cost printers to produce parts with mechanical properties competitive with injection molded plastics.
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.
Briefs: Energy
These composites could improve how unmanned vehicles dissipate energy.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
These robust materials convert excess heat energy into electricity.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
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: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Stronger and flexible, polyimide aerogels provide insulation and structural support.
Articles: Data Acquisition
Program managers and engineers in the military markets need to know about the emergence of new display technologies in the consumer sector.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
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...

Articles: Motion Control

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...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics

Thin, durable heating patches were created using intense pulses of light to fuse tiny silver wires with polyester. Their heating performance is nearly 70 percent higher than similar patches. The inexpensive...

Briefs: Materials

From cellphones to satellites, industry spends millions on traditional gold alloy electrical contact coatings. While gold and other metal alloys have been an industry standard to protect metal components...

Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping

For many researchers, graphene is ideal for use in filtration membranes. A single sheet of graphene resembles atomically thin chicken wire, and is composed of carbon atoms joined...