Electrical/​Electronics

Thermal Management

Explore the latest developments in tools and tactics used in thermal management. Discover innovative advances from NASA and major research labs that address the challenges facing aerospace, energy storage, 3D printing, and other high-performance applications.

Articles: Test & Measurement
CEO Keith Moore tells Tech Briefs about the unique challenges facing testing engineers in aerospace.
Blog: Automotive
An industry expert explains why automotive manufacturers are turning to a "floating" board-to-board connection.
Facility Focus: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Learn about the batteries, skin sensors, flexible antennas, and other cutting-edge research coming from Penn State Engineering.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
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.
Articles: Test & Measurement
An R&D project indirectly leads to potentially greater power density, EV range, and battery life.
Question of the Week: Electronics & Computers
Would You Use a ‘Cold Tube?’

Our August issue of Tech Briefs highlighted a technology that offers an energy-efficient alternative to the air conditioner: The Cold Tube.

Products: Electronics & Computers
Epoxies, reverse-engineering software, temperature loggers, and more.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
High-quality coated components can be integrated into complex systems in a sustainable way.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The material sets the stage for new forms of electric power in the future.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Chilled panels use less energy than conventional A/C and work in open spaces.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
This new technique shields electronics from ionizing radiation in applications such as military and space exploration.
Briefs: Materials
Superalloys that withstand extremely high temperatures could be finely tuned for specific properties such as mechanical strength.
Briefs: Imaging
The technology potentially enables a new generation of miniaturized electronic and optoelectronic devices.
Special Reports: Automotive
Power Electronics - August 2021

This compendium of recent articles from the editors of Tech Briefs and Aerospace & Defense Technology looks at the latest advances in power electronics and energy storage for a range of applications...

Blog: Electronics & Computers
A reader asks our expert how to contain a "thermal runaway" explosion in a lithium-ion battery.
NASA Spinoff: Aerospace
A NASA-developed technology for testing heat shields transforms garbage into reusable chemicals.
Briefs: Energy
The technology harvests electrical energy from waste heat sources.
Products: Electronics & Computers
Temperature transmitters, robotic tool changers, epoxy adhesives, and more.
Briefs: Materials
This system enhances processing via real-time, non-destructive defect tracking.
INSIDER: Wearables

North Carolina State University engineers continue to improve the efficiency of a flexible device worn on the wrist that harvests heat energy from the human body to monitor health.

Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The reusable mask would include a heated copper mesh powered by a battery and surrounded by insulating neoprene.
NASA Spinoff: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
With a clever design by NASA, waiting for hot water could be a thing of the past.
Articles: Energy
As the vehicle platform size decreases, the pulse power discharge rates of the Energy Storage System (ESS) increase.
Products: Data Acquisition
A smart temperature transmitter delivers measurements via Bluetooth.
INSIDER: Power

In collaboration with groups from China and the United States, a research team from TU Wien set out to find the optimal heat conductor. They finally found what they were...

Q&A: Energy
Professor Qiaoqiang Gan of the University at Buffalo (NY) and his team developed a unique two-in-one system that uses solar energy for simultaneously cooling and heating — without electricity.
Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Displacement sensors, metal 3D printers, shielding materials, and more.
Application Briefs: Software
With new vehicles, automotive manufacturers will need to closely monitor the current flowing to the motor.
Products: Data Acquisition
Vision software, thermal sensors, ceramic pastes, and more.

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