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: Test & Measurement
This method uses fiber optic probes for measurement of semiconductors, optical coatings, magnetic read/write heads, and precision machines.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Square trusses replace round for enhanced strength and robotics compatibility.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
This technology cancels out the vibrations of a satellite by vibrating the solar panels in the opposite direction.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Robot-assisted surgery has advanced dramatically over the past decade in almost every surgical sub-specialty. Robot-assisted surgery is usually performed using surgical robot systems that...

Briefs: Materials
The domino effect is used to design deployable systems that expand quickly with a small push and are stable and locked into place after deployment.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Applications include powering portable electronic devices and sensors, and harvesting waste mechanical energy for aircraft, automobile, and other transportation equipment.
Briefs: Materials
The electrospun nanofibers are used for wound healing and 3D matrices for biological tissues.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
This work could accelerate the development of flexible electronics.
Briefs: Aerospace
Applications include homeland security, vehicle anti-collision systems, telecommunications systems, and industrial instrumentation.
Briefs: Data Acquisition
Researchers have developed new nanoscale technology to image and measure more of the stresses and strains on materials under high pressures.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Drones, smartphones, and sensors could provide a lifeline to the world’s growing elderly population at risk of falls.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The bus is designed for high-frequency, high-temperature operation in electric drive systems and next-generation power electronics.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
This cost-saving piping insulation has uses in refrigerated containers that protect food, medicine, and other perishables.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
This trailing edge flap device reduces noise without compromising cruise efficiency or landing lift and stall characteristics.
Briefs: Aerospace
These actuators provide active flow control for airfoil surfaces and supersonic inlets of wing-borne vehicles.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
The device retrains patients with spinal cord injury to sit more stably and gain an expanded active sitting workspace.
Briefs: Motion Control
Applications include valves, tubes, and other gas and fluid system components.
Briefs: Energy
This technology could impact new directions in robotics design.
Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
This system protects workers on lightning and telecommunications towers, and on oil and gas platforms.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The sensor makes it easier to detect and manage ice accumulation on aircraft wings.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
This framework can be used by commercial and military aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles.
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.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
The switch is a major new step toward building a computer that uses light instead of electricity to process information.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Wraparound Self-Structuring Leaky-Wave Antenna (WSS-LWA)
This system has applications in the smart grid and military.
Briefs: Aerospace
This mechanical gyroscope can advance motion sensing capabilities in consumer-sized applications.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Such grippers would be suited for human-robot partnership in assembly lines in the automotive, electronic packaging, and other industries.
Briefs: Motion Control

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...

Briefs: Transportation
These soft robots can be rolled up and carried in a pocket.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
This system autonomously prepares samples for online automated analysis.

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