Mechanical & Fluid Systems

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

Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The camera was designed for use in space and other extreme environments.
Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
The approach achieves near 100% light emission efficiency at all brightness levels.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
High-voltage direct current cables can more efficiently transport electricity over long distances.
Briefs: Aerospace
Vibration-absorbing resonators could better soundproof walls and make vehicles more streamlined.
Briefs: Materials
The tiny motors mimic how rock climbers navigate inclines.
Briefs: AR/AI
The technology could improve the control of prosthetic hands and provide a sense of “touch” for amputees.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Modern PLCs now include IT-capable software and communications protocols, empowering users to easily access edge-sourced data and integrate it with the enterprise.
Briefs: Materials
Applications include manufacturing structural components for aerospace vehicles, cars, trucks, trains, ships, and submarines.
Briefs: Energy
The reaction converts 90% of plastic to jet fuel and other valuable hydrocarbon products within an hour at moderate temperatures.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
These tactile imaging sensors can measure pressure distribution without using pressure-sensitive materials.
Briefs: Data Acquisition
Designed for soldier uniforms, the fiber can sense, store, analyze, and infer activity when sewn into a piece of clothing.
Briefs: Materials
The approach could lead to more flexible health monitors, wearable devices, sensors, optical communication systems, and soft robotics.
Briefs: Materials
Synthesis of fiber-metal laminates is performed using RF plasma spray deposition.
Briefs: Energy
A folded plastic bladder could store and pump the fuel.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
A deep-learning technique optimizes the arrangement of sensors on a robot’s body to ensure efficient operation.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
The soft robot harvests energy from a laser beam and can crawl on horizontal surfaces and climb vertical walls and an upside-down glass ceiling.
Briefs: Aerospace
The valve enables telerobotic resupplying of media such as propellant and pressurant.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
This method is a faster way to manufacture combustion chambers and nozzles for aerospace propulsion as well as heat exchangers in oil and gas applications.
Briefs: Motion Control
A low-cost, dynamically controlled surface for 3D printers reduces waste and saves time.
Briefs: Motion Control
Oscillatory and rotational motions of different parts are combined to pave the way to developing super-miniaturized mechanical devices.
Briefs: Motion Control
This artificial muscle technology enables more human-like motion.
Briefs: Motion Control
This below-the-hook device enables gentle crane placement to decrease the risk of property damage.
Briefs: Transportation
Applications include vehicle and aircraft tires, sports helmets, military equipment, and seals and couplings.
Briefs: Packaging & Sterilization
This treatment has the potential to remove from drinking water nearly all viruses that have an “outer fortress.”
Briefs: Aerospace
Applications include manned deep space exploration and terrestrial CO2 removal systems.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
High-quality coated components can be integrated into complex systems in a sustainable way.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Chilled panels use less energy than conventional A/C and work in open spaces.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The robot firmly but gently grasps objects as small as 1 millimeter in diameter.
Briefs: Nanotechnology
This novel gel-creation method could open applications in water filtration, batteries, and smart windows.

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