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Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Quick Disconnect for High-Pressure Mate/De-Mate

NASA Kennedy Space Center seeks partners interested in the commercial application of the Quick Disconnect for High Pressure Mate/De-Mate. Designed at KSC, this technology is intended for use in...

Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
All-Terrain Wheelchair

Researchers have developed an innovative design for a wheelchair that can more easily navigate on soft and uneven outdoor terrain such as grass and gravel. The chair uses three wheels — two wheels in the front...

Briefs : Aerospace
Auto-Zero Differential Amplifier

Engineers in the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Instrument Electronics Development Branch have developed a chopper-stabilized auto-zero amplifier capable of amplifying signals with extremely small amplitude originating from a thermopile-based infrared (IR) sensor. The instrument is self-adjusting in that it...

Blog : Sensors/Data Acquisition
A ‘Symmetrical’ Approach Improves Wireless Microsensors
A researcher tells Tech Briefs how his team's "symmetrical" sensor approach will support the growing "Internet of Things."
White Papers : Motion Control
Mechatronics: Top 5 Mechanical Considerations for Electrical Engineers

Mechanical and electrical engineers often don’t communicate enough when designing a mechatronics system, instead each choosing to focus on their area of expertise. To help make sure critical considerations don’t get missed, Bosch Rexroth offers five mechanical tips for...

White Papers : Robotics, Automation & Control
Data Cable Solutions for the Flourishing Smart Factory

Automation is continuing to increase on the factory floor and the need for more data is placing new demands on Ethernet cables. These system specific cables must be able to hold their own in harsh factory environments while still supporting high data rates.

White Papers : Energy
Accurate & Consistent Gas Mixing

Choosing the right flow controller for laboratory or biomedical research applications is essential to achieving success in any experiment that involves controlling gas flow.

Question of the Week : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Can a 'Cool' Strategy Improve Water-Purification Efforts?

Researchers from the University of Buffalo found a counter-intuitive way of improving the water-purification process: keeping things cool.

By using carbon-dipped paper to weaken light intensity, their new system increases efficiency and provides a more affordable water-treatment...

Blog : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
A New Approach to Solar-Powered Water Purification: Stay Cool
Researchers at the University of Buffalo have found a counter-intuitive way of improving the water-purification process: keeping things cool.
News : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Photoreversible Molecular Switch Changes Thermoresponsive Polymer

Researchers have developed a novel strategy to control the shapes of polymeric materials by utilizing photoresponsive molecular switches. This could aid the development of an...

Briefs : Robotics, Automation & Control
Polymer-Based 2D-to-3D Transformable Surfaces

Technologies using stretchable materials are increasingly important. Yet, in general, it is not possible to control how they stretch with much more sophistication than inflating balloons. A method was developed that allows the calculated transformation of 2D stretchable surfaces into targeted 3D...

Briefs : Materials
Freeform Channel Close-Out for High-Performance Heat Exchangers

Large-scale liquid rocket engines with regeneratively cooled nozzles will enable reliable and reduced-cost access to space. The coolant that circulates through the internal...

Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Correlation Spectrometer

Correlation spectroscopy is an attractive technique for sensing and analysis applications because it combines the attributes of mechanical and optical simplicity, high selectivity, and good sensitivity. In...

Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Mobile Instrument Detects and Samples Aerosol Particles

Hazardous airborne particles pose a risk for health and safety in a variety of environments; thus, detection of these small particles is essential. Current particle magnification systems are bulky and require a lot of power for operation, making them unsuitable to easily detect and analyze...

Briefs : Robotics, Automation & Control
Novel 3D Printing Method Embeds Sensing Capabilities Within Robotic Actuators

Soft robots inspired by nature can crawl, swim, grasp delicate objects, and even assist a beating heart, but none of them has been able to sense and respond to the...

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