Keyword: Thermodynamics

Briefs: Unmanned Systems
The material sets the stage for new forms of electric power in the future.
Briefs: Energy
A flexible device worn on the wrist harvests heat energy from the human body to monitor health.
Briefs: Materials
The coatings can be deposited on substrates such as glass, polymers, metals, and aerogels.
Briefs: Defense
This can be used in energy-recovery systems in industrial, space, automotive, and military applications.
Briefs: Aerospace
The thermal management technology could also be used for server farms and spacecraft.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
These switches are key to thermal management of nanoscale devices, refrigeration, data storage, thermal computing, and heat management of buildings.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Researchers developed a wearable technology that can hide its wearer from heat-detecting sensors such as night vision goggles, even when the ambient temperature changes. The technology...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The flexible composites can be used as thermal insulation for environments of up to 1200 °C.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Tests show magnetoelectric power is a viable option for clinical-grade implants.
Briefs: Materials
This material could be used for artificial muscles that power bio-inspired robots.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Additive manufacturing creates cooling solutions with sizes and shapes not previously possible.
Briefs: Energy
The patch could serve as a personal thermostat and save energy.
Briefs: Materials
This passive device relies on a layer of material that blocks incoming sunlight but lets heat radiate away.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
These carbon-based fillers can be used in thermally conductive clothing such as liquid-cooled garments.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The bus is designed for high-frequency, high-temperature operation in electric drive systems and next-generation power electronics.
Briefs: Aerospace
These robust materials convert excess heat energy into electricity.
Briefs: Aerospace
These louvers provide passive thermal cooling for CubeSats.
Briefs: Aerospace
This multifunctional hybrid laminate composite can be used for residential and commercial construction.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
A simple modification can improve the capability of turbulent heat exchangers by 500%.
Articles: Test & Measurement
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Briefs: Energy
Low-Cost Thermoelectric Material Works at Room Temperature

The widespread adoption of thermoelectric devices that can directly convert electricity into thermal energy for cooling and heating has been hindered, in part, by the lack of materials that are both inexpensive and highly efficient at room temperature. A new material was developed that...

Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Unlike water, liquid refrigerants and other fluids that have a low surface tension spread quickly into a sheet when they come into contact with a surface. For many industrial...

Briefs: Energy

Two very challenging problems facing the U.S. and the world are energy security and global climate change, largely due to dependence on fossil fuels. Cost-effective technologies have been developed that are...

Briefs: Materials

Researchers have created a fabric that automatically regulates the amount of heat that passes through, depending on conditions; for example, when conditions are warm and moist — such as those of a...

5 Ws: Wearables
Who

The patch — which serves as a personal thermostat — provides personalized cooling and heating at home, work, or on the go by cooling or warming the user's skin to a comfortable...

Briefs: Materials

Polymers are regularly used as thermal insulators and can even be used as thermal conductors to enable efficient heating or cooling. A new type of polymer was created that demonstrates...

Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Microscale Electro-Hydrodynamic (EHD) Modular Cartridge Pump

The EHD pump uses electric fields to move a dielectric fluid coolant in a thermal loop to dissipate heat generated by electrical components with a low-power system. The pump has only a few key components and no moving parts, increasing the simplicity and robustness of the system. In...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Using Laser Metal Printing to Cool Computer Chips

Traditionally, electronics are cooled using a heat sink that transfers the heat generated by the electronic system into the air or a liquid coolant. For the heat sink to work, it has to be attached to the CPU or the graphics processor via a thermal interface material such as thermal paste. It...

Briefs: Lighting Technology

Researchers devised a method in which running a light emitting diode (LED) with electrodes reversed was able to cool another device nanometers away. They harnessed the chemical potential...