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 unit could help healthcare workers caring for COVID-19 patients.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Applications include aerospace, automotive, commercial spaceflight, scuba diving equipment, and for first responders.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
This system provides low-cost monitoring for machine health with audio-based artificial intelligence.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The system uses off-the-shelf materials combined with ultraviolet lights to decontaminate N95 masks.
Briefs: Motion Control
These hands, with a large grasping force, enable safer human-robot interactions.
Briefs: Aerospace
Applications include retractable covers and awnings, camera booms, and spacecraft and astronaut positioning.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The tiny motor can be powered by both thermal and electrical energy.
Briefs: Aerospace
This can be used in energy-recovery systems in industrial, space, automotive, and military applications.
Briefs: Aerospace
NASA's phase-locked rotors reduce noise.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The soft, wearable device simulates the sense of touch and has wide potential in medical and industrial applications.
Briefs: Nanotechnology
These switches are key to thermal management of nanoscale devices, refrigeration, data storage, thermal computing, and heat management of buildings.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers

Researchers developed a wearable technology that can hide its wearer from heat-detecting sensors such as night vision goggles, even when the ambient temperature changes. The technology...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Applications include mechanical aerospace manufacturing and thermal structure manufacturing.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Kirigami balloons could be used in shape-changing actuators for soft robots, minimally invasive surgical devices, and macro structures for space exploration.
Briefs: Materials
The magnetic, multi-material pump was 3D-printed all in one piece.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
This partially superconducting machine can be used as a motor or generator.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The system is effective in urban environments where there are tall buildings on all sides.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The sensors can be built into the shells of aircraft, cars, or other machines.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The sensor provides accurate and real-time measurement of flow rates and temperature in next-generation microfluidic instruments.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The technology detects the presence of one or more specific chemical components in a liquid.
Briefs: Materials
A nanostructure design lends extraordinary strength to a promising storage ingredient.
Briefs: Aerospace
Tiny aircraft that weigh as much as a fruit fly could serve as Martian atmospheric probes.
Briefs: Aerospace
Taking a cue from birds and insects, the wing design helps drones fly more efficiently and makes them more robust to atmospheric turbulence.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Traditional spark plugs are replaced by an optical pumping source.
Briefs: Imaging
Empa researchers were able to demonstrate real-time acoustic monitoring of laser weld seams.
Briefs: Nanotechnology
One unexpected application for spider silk is its use in the creation of biocompatible lenses.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
The gripper’s soft, sensitive fingers could enable robots to help with tying knots, wire shaping, or surgical suturing.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
This technology can help robots walk up to 40 percent faster on uneven terrain such as pebbles and wood chips.
Briefs: Aerospace
Applications include absorbers, tuned mass dampers, harmonic absorbers, and seismic dampers.

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