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Mechanical/​Mechatronics

Access our comprehensive library of mechanical and mechatronics technical briefs, from engineering experts at NASA and government, university, and commercial laboratories.

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Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Maximizing Safety in Advanced Battery Systems
Fuse devices enable circuit safety in high-power applications, such as motion control and alternative energy generation, in addition to electric vehicles.
Researchers have developed new nanoscale technology to image and measure more of the stresses and strains on materials under high pressures.
Drones, smartphones, and sensors could provide a lifeline to the world’s growing elderly population at risk of falls.
Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Low-Inductance DC Power Bus
The bus is designed for high-frequency, high-temperature operation in electric drive systems and next-generation power electronics.
Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Layered Composite Insulation
This cost-saving piping insulation has uses in refrigerated containers that protect food, medicine, and other perishables.
This trailing edge flap device reduces noise without compromising cruise efficiency or landing lift and stall characteristics.
These actuators provide active flow control for airfoil surfaces and supersonic inlets of wing-borne vehicles.
The device retrains patients with spinal cord injury to sit more stably and gain an expanded active sitting workspace.
Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Spring Drive Fitting
Applications include valves, tubes, and other gas and fluid system components.
This technology could impact new directions in robotics design.
Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Electrically Non-Conductive Ladder Fall Protection
This system protects workers on lightning and telecommunications towers, and on oil and gas platforms.
The sensor makes it easier to detect and manage ice accumulation on aircraft wings.
This framework can be used by commercial and military aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles.
The additive creates fuel from biomass while improving engine performance.
Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
3D Printing Technique Produces “Living” 4D Materials
3D/4D printing is merged with a chemical process to produce “living” resin, which has potential for recycling and biomedicine.
The switch is a major new step toward building a computer that uses light instead of electricity to process information.
Briefs : RF & Microwave Electronics
Wraparound Self-Structuring Leaky-Wave Antenna (WSS-LWA)
This system has applications in the smart grid and military.
Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Insect-Inspired Motion Sensing
This mechanical gyroscope can advance motion sensing capabilities in consumer-sized applications.
Such grippers would be suited for human-robot partnership in assembly lines in the automotive, electronic packaging, and other industries.
Briefs : Motion Control
Flexure for Self-Assembly

Conventional fastening mechanisms like nails, bolts, and welds are subject to manufacturing and inspection tolerances, differential thermal growth, and other sources of error that lead to over-constraint, among...

These soft robots can be rolled up and carried in a pocket.
This system autonomously prepares samples for online automated analysis.
Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Welding Ceramics with Lasers
This technology could be used to create smartphones that don't scratch or shatter, metal-free pacemakers, and electronics for space and other harsh environments.
Systems of tiny robots could build high-performance structures, from airplanes to space settlements.
Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Thermally Conductive Polymer Films
These materials may replace metals as lightweight, flexible heat dissipators in cars, computers, cellphones, and refrigerators.
Briefs : Photonics/Optics
Intelligent Microrobots
Such machines, only a few tens of micrometers across, could be used in the human body to perform small operations.
This controller minimizes the burden on the power grid.

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