Keyword: Lightweighting

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Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Researchers have taken inspiration from origami to create inflatable structures that can bend, twist, and move in complex, distinct ways from a single source of pressure.
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Briefs: Propulsion
The engine could make rockets not only more fuel-efficient, but also more lightweight and less complicated to construct.
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Briefs: Energy
The technology could be key to lighter, less expensive, and long-lasting batteries for future electric vehicles.
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Briefs: Materials
This new technique shields electronics from ionizing radiation in applications such as military and space exploration.
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Briefs: Transportation
The carbon fiber serves as the electrode, conductor, and load-bearing material.
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Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
A prototype version could be demonstrated on a large cargo lunar lander.
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Briefs: Nanotechnology
The material is designed for high-temperature applications in aircraft, building insulation, personal protective clothing, industrial, and automotive.
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Briefs: Defense
This can be used in energy-recovery systems in industrial, space, automotive, and military applications.
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Briefs: Photonics/Optics
The process provides a cost-effective solution for applications in space-based imaging systems, military reconnaissance, and satellite and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
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Articles: Software
Manufacturers in almost every industry are looking to design lighter parts. Here are five lightweighting strategies.
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News: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Lightweight Sensing and Control System for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Monitoring

A new sensing and control system for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) allows for semi-autonomous flight. Pilots need not leave the ground to conduct routine monitoring and surveillance quickly and cost-effectively. Such systems are particularly useful during long flight...

Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping

Lightweighting design is an extensively explored and utilized concept in many industries, especially in aerospace applications, and is associated with the green aviation concept. The...

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Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems

NASA's Langley Research Center has developed the SHEARLESS composite boom with a final cross-section shape that is lenticular and is flexible enough to...

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Articles: Automotive
ISCAD — ELECTRICAL DRIVE WITH 0% RARE EARTHS, 25% HIGHER DRIVING RANGE, AND 100% SAFETY

Conventional electrical machines suffer from the problem...

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Application Briefs: Test & Measurement
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With the go-ahead from NASA for a first mission to the International Space Station (ISS), the Sierra...

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Briefs: Propulsion

NASA's Glenn Research Center has developed a novel Double-acting Extremely Light Thermo-Acoustic (DELTA) converter that operates at high frequencies (>400 Hz) with greatly...

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Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems

An airlock used in space can provide the ability to leave a pressurized volume and enter free space. This is necessary to perform maintenance or make repairs to the pressurized volume or visiting spacecraft,...

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Briefs: Motion Control

A team of researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology has developed a way to use 3D printers to create objects capable of dramatic expansion. The technology could someday be used in...

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Briefs: Materials

NASA's Langley Research Center has developed a method for producing multifunctional, structural, thermally stable...

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Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition

The invention developed is a piezoelectric stimulus-response quantification-based gravimeter (PEG). The PEG takes a completely innovative approach towards utilization of the...

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Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition

The invention developed is a piezoelectric stimulus-response quantification-based gravimeter (PEG). The PEG takes a completely innovative approach towards utilization of the...

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Briefs: Aerospace

NASA has developed a game-changing deployable aeroshell concept for entry, descent, and landing (EDL) of large science and exploration-class payloads. The...

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Articles: Automotive

More than 11,000 engineering industry professionals from 55 countries will experience the new WCX — the evolution of SAE World Congress (here) — to be held April 4-6 in Detroit, MI. Attendees will gain new...

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Briefs: Aerospace

NASA’s Langley Research Center has developed a novel design for a lightweight energy absorbing (EA) composite subfloor structure. The technology’s primary application is to increase occupant survivability in...

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Briefs: Materials

Shape memory alloys (SMAs), sometimes known as “smart metals,” provide a lightweight, solid-state alternative to conventional actuators and switches, such as...

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Briefs: Electronics & Computers

This superconducting magnet developed at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center comprises a superconducting wire wound in adjacent turns about a mandrel to form the superconducting magnet; a thermally...

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Briefs: Energy

NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center is developing a lightweight space-based solar power array with a high power-to-stowed-volume and weight ratio. The system provides power to small...

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Briefs: Electronics & Computers

The proposed technology involves the sensitive detection of magnetic fields using the zero-field, spin-dependent...

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Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Solar sail technology depends heavily on the total surface area of the sail. In other words, minimizing mass and volume of its support structure is the main objective,...

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