Mechanical & Fluid Systems


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Integral Tuned Mass Absorber for Turbine Blades
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Tiny Motors to Power a Network of Nanomachines
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White Papers: Aerospace
How to Check and Quantify the Five Deadly Problems

This paper begins by reviewing the current research on aeration within the lubrication context. A solid understanding of the symptoms and effects of aeration are required to build an...

Issue Archive: Lighting
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Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Key considerations to keep in mind while selecting the best encoder for your application.
Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
New Products from the August 2022 issue of Motion Design.
Briefs: Propulsion
Besides miniature spacecraft propulsion systems, the valve could also have applications in the industrial processing industry where low flow devices are commonly used.
Briefs: Design
Testing has shown that NASA's poppet reduces leakage rates of traditional aerospace cryogenic valves by three orders of magnitude.
Application Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Although the basic function of cotton gins is quite old, today’s versions can benefit further from modernized control systems.
Application Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The moving assembly line remains an integral piece of most automobile manufacturing.
Briefs: Design
Gust load alleviation is an increasing concern for the design of fixed-wing aircraft with ultra-high aspect wings.
Briefs: Design
A self-aligning, self-healing system for pneumatics and cryogenics with applications in aerospace.
Briefs: Power
Single joint allows six attachments with independent movement.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Applications include a smart fabric for exoskeletons, an adaptive cast that adjusts its stiffness as an injury heals, or a deployable bridge that could be unrolled and stiffened.
INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

Mimicking the human body, specifically the actuators that control muscle movement, is of immense interest around the globe. In recent years, it has led to many innovations to improve...

INSIDER: Motion Control

A new method of generating gaits for robotic assistive devices aims to guarantee stability and achieve more natural locomotion for different users. The method is being developed by a team at...

Quiz: Design
NASA plans to retire the International Space Station by 2030; its operations will be transitioned to commercial low-Earth orbit destinations. Take this quiz to test your knowledge of the ISS.
Articles: Medical
A life-saving device developed by Vascular Perfusion Solutions uses compressed oxygen to extend the life of organs for transplants.
Articles: Software

This column presents technologies that have applications in commercial areas, possibly creating the products of tomorrow. To learn more about each technology, see the contact information provided for that...

Blog: Sensors/Data Acquisition

A number of the engineers I’ve interviewed have taken their inspirations from nature. As one said to me, nature has been evolving and perfecting its designs over thousands of years — we should...

Podcasts: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
CTO Daniella Sladen and her team at Zulu Pods have created an oil-delivery system that fits in the palm of your hand.
Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition

Any manufacturing facility that uses hydraulics powered by conventional fixed-speed hydraulic power units (HPUs) has engineers and personnel who know all too well how large,...

Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Legged robots are very promising for use in real-world applications, but their operation in narrow spaces is still challenging. One solution for enhancing their environmental...

Briefs: Medical

A patented self-contained device for isolating deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), ribonucleic acid (RNA), proteins, and cells without using pipettes or centrifuges has been developed at NASA’s...


Specialists in fluid dynamics at Rice University and Waseda University in Tokyo have developed their computer simulation methods to the point where it’s possible to accurately model...

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

A mechanical jumper developed by University of California Santa Barbara engineering professor Elliot Hawkes and collaborators is capable of achieving the tallest height — roughly 100 feet (30...

INSIDER: Manufacturing & Prototyping

Inspired by the natural dexterity of the human hand, a team of engineers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) has created a reconfigurable hybrid robotics system that is able...

INSIDER: Propulsion

In a global first, scientists have demonstrated that molecular robots are able to accomplish cargo delivery by employing a strategy of swarming, achieving a transport efficiency five times...

INSIDER: Nanotechnology

Physicists at the University of Würzburg have propelled micrometer-sized drones significantly smaller than red blood cells, exerting precise control, using only light.

White Papers: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
How Standard Gearboxes Can Be Modified for Food-Grade Applications

Gearboxes are essential components for machines in practically every industry. They must comply with the environmental, safety, and production/efficiency regulations and...

White Papers: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Hydraulic Reservoirs for Mobile Equipment: A Primer

Mobile hydraulic reservoirs are expected to perform as well as their industrial counterparts, even though they are typically operating under more extreme and often adverse conditions....