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: Electronics & Computers
Using ceramic material and graphene, the toughness of solid-state lithium-ion batteries can be doubled.
Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
New safety relay modules follow updated standards to give designers more options for a tailored electrical safety implementation.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
This approach allows scientists to study the communication within plants, providing valuable insights to improve crop yields.
Briefs: Materials
This gel-like material leads a path toward “mechanoceuticals.”
Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
These sensors monitor electrical loads from household appliances to support grid operations.
Briefs: Materials
This approach could be used to cost-effectively make soft robots and wearable technologies.
Briefs: Energy
These are important traits in electronics and electrical systems including electric cars, industrial drills, and electric grids.
Briefs: Energy
The new technology demonstrates a 20 percent savings in fuel in typical passenger car low-load operating conditions.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Sensors in the hand can actually detect forces being transmitted through the thickness of the robot.
Briefs: Materials
The new filament allows low-cost printers to produce parts with mechanical properties competitive with injection molded plastics.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The miniaturized, autonomous, reconfigurable solar sail is capable of very fine maneuvering by small surface deformation.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Applications exist both on Mars and on Earth.
Briefs: Transportation
Bio-Inspired Propulsion
Frequencies and passive dynamics of vehicles moving in air or water help enhance propulsion performance.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Electrical cables are used in services such as power delivery, automation signaling, and communications.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
This system can amplify a faint signal from a neighboring system even when that signal’s amplitude is as small as ten trillionths of a meter.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
An inexpensive gyroscope could help drones and autonomous cars stay on track without a GPS signal.
Briefs: Wearables
The rainproof, stainproof technology turns clothing into self-powered remotes while turning away bacteria.
Briefs: Power
This diffuser provides double the pumping efficiency in one-quarter the space.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
This passive device relies on a layer of material that blocks incoming sunlight but lets heat radiate away.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
This device could enable rapid, inexpensive liquid biopsies to help detect cancer and develop targeted treatment plans.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Applications include distributed computer systems, computer security, and commercial satellite systems.
Briefs: Communications
The technique could be used to improve navigation for robots, drones, or pedestrians.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
This diagnostic device allows doctors to detect cancer quickly from a droplet of blood or plasma.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
A liquid crystal elastomer can be programmed to exhibit controllable, dynamic behavior without the need for complex electronic components.
Briefs: Aerospace
This lightweight and efficient mechanism enables retention, release, and deployment of solar arrays and antennas.
Briefs: Energy
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: Manufacturing & Prototyping
These “developable mechanisms” are built into the surfaces of structures.
Briefs: Materials
This gel releases short gene sequences into the heart muscle to heal it following a heart attack.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Researchers described a new strategy of designing metamolecules.

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