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.

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Briefs: Motion Control
An inexpensive gyroscope could help drones and autonomous cars stay on track without a GPS signal.
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Briefs: Energy
The rainproof, stainproof technology turns clothing into self-powered remotes while turning away bacteria.
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Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
This device could enable rapid, inexpensive liquid biopsies to help detect cancer and develop targeted treatment plans.
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Briefs: Power
This diffuser provides double the pumping efficiency in one-quarter the space.
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Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Applications include distributed computer systems, computer security, and commercial satellite systems.
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Briefs: Materials
This passive device relies on a layer of material that blocks incoming sunlight but lets heat radiate away.
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Briefs: Motion Control
The technique could be used to improve navigation for robots, drones, or pedestrians.
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Briefs: Test & Measurement
This diagnostic device allows doctors to detect cancer quickly from a droplet of blood or plasma.
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Briefs: Photonics/Optics
A liquid crystal elastomer can be programmed to exhibit controllable, dynamic behavior without the need for complex electronic components.
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Briefs: Energy
This lightweight and efficient mechanism enables retention, release, and deployment of solar arrays and antennas.
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Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
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.
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Briefs: Defense
These “developable mechanisms” are built into the surfaces of structures.
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Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
This gel releases short gene sequences into the heart muscle to heal it following a heart attack.
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Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Researchers described a new strategy of designing metamolecules.
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Briefs: Medical
An inexpensive 3D-printed microfluidics device could be used to personalize cancer treatment.
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Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
This method uses fiber optic probes for measurement of semiconductors, optical coatings, magnetic read/write heads, and precision machines.
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Briefs: Aerospace
Square trusses replace round for enhanced strength and robotics compatibility.
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Briefs: Motion Control
This technology cancels out the vibrations of a satellite by vibrating the solar panels in the opposite direction.
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Briefs: Motion Control

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...

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Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
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.
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Briefs: Aerospace
Applications include powering portable electronic devices and sensors, and harvesting waste mechanical energy for aircraft, automobile, and other transportation equipment.
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Briefs: Materials
The electrospun nanofibers are used for wound healing and 3D matrices for biological tissues.
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Briefs: Electronics & Computers
This work could accelerate the development of flexible electronics.
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Briefs: Communications
Applications include homeland security, vehicle anti-collision systems, telecommunications systems, and industrial instrumentation.
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Briefs: Wearables
Drones, smartphones, and sensors could provide a lifeline to the world’s growing elderly population at risk of falls.
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Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Researchers have developed new nanoscale technology to image and measure more of the stresses and strains on materials under high pressures.
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Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The bus is designed for high-frequency, high-temperature operation in electric drive systems and next-generation power electronics.
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Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
This cost-saving piping insulation has uses in refrigerated containers that protect food, medicine, and other perishables.
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Briefs: Aerospace
This trailing edge flap device reduces noise without compromising cruise efficiency or landing lift and stall characteristics.
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