Mechanical/​Mechatronics

Automotive

Briefs: Propulsion
Electric motors and gas-alcohol engines could slash pollution levels and greenhouse gases from long-haul trucks.
Briefs: Materials
The non-destructive coating has applications in structural health monitoring, aerospace, automotive, and military/defense.
Briefs: Transportation
Load-bearing structures in cars and airplanes could be manufactured from the metal foam.
Special Reports: Motion Control
CONEXPO/IFPE - January 2020

Coming to Las Vegas in March, CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE are North America's largest events for the construction/commercial vehicle, fluid power, power transmission, and motion control industries. In this Special...

Special Reports: Transportation
Vehicle Electrification - January 2020

Demand for electric vehicles is accelerating, presenting new design, manufacturing, and infrastructure challenges. To help you keep pace with the rapid changes in vehicle electrification technology, we...

Briefs: Automotive
A system senses tiny changes in shadows on the ground to determine if there’s a moving object coming around the corner.
Briefs: Automotive
These robust materials convert excess heat energy into electricity.
Blog: Electronics & Computers

Tech Briefs in 2019 celebrated historic NASA anniversaries, new ways to power electronics, and innovative hacks of our “smartest” technologies.

Question of the Week: Electronics & Computers
Will ‘Unbreakable Batteries’ Find a Place in Electronics and Vehicles?

Increasingly, lithium-ion batteries are supporting portable electronics, electric vehicles, and grid storage.

White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
Detailed Technical Comparison of Automotive Serial Buses

Point-to-point automotive networks deployed in the 1980s were replaced by bus-based networks in the 1990s, with CAN bus emerging as the industry standard. Since then, the complexity of...

Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Researchers have developed a self-contained wheel unit that combines a wheel and an electric motor.
Briefs: Imaging
The technology can be used in commercial motors, robotic systems, and hybrid and electric vehicles.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
A combination of additives shows promise for boosting battery performance in very cold or hot weather.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Top prizes in the 2019 contest were awarded on November 8 in New York City.
Special Reports: Robotics, Automation & Control
ADAS/Connected Car - December 2019

Today's Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and connected cars are paving the way for tomorrow's automated vehicles. To help you keep pace with the latest technology developments, we present this...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics

Radar technologies were originally designed to identify and track airborne military targets. Today, they're more often used to detect motor vehicles, weather formations,...

Briefs: Energy
This lightweight material brings strength and durability to complex shapes.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
This technology provides simultaneous ohmic contacts and the process to make them.
Briefs: Materials
This multifunctional hybrid laminate composite can be used for residential and commercial construction.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
This invention is a highly stable, heat-treatable, and tunable material.
Briefs: Energy
The device could impact composites manufacturing and health monitoring.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Stronger and flexible, polyimide aerogels provide insulation and structural support.
White Papers: Energy
Test of Complex Autonomous Vehicle Designs

Autonomous vehicles (AV) combine multiple sensors, computers and communication technology to make driving safer and improve the driver’s experience. Learn about design and test of complex sensor...

Question of the Week: Automotive

For developers of A.I.-guided drones and autonomous technologies, failure is not an option.

White Papers: Test & Measurement
Analyzing Li-ion Battery Components

The global lithium-ion battery market is expected to reach 93.1 billion USD by 2025. This is largely driven by increased usage in electric vehicles, grid storage, and portable consumer electronics where...

INSIDER: Power

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory have reported a new mechanism to speed up the charging of lithium-ion batteries...

White Papers: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
White Paper: Why Electromechanical Actuators are Increasingly Replacing Hydraulic Actuators

Hydraulic actuation has traditionally provided much of the muscle for the industrial revolution, but that functionality has come with a cost....

Articles: Electronics & Computers
A prototype of the AC 'Biode' battery has been developed at 20W.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
See the eight winners of the 2019 "Create the Future" Design Contest

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