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White Papers: Aerospace
Magnet Valves for Rapid Decompression

When transporting sealed containers by air, protecting against rapid decompression is a constant concern. Traditionally, spring-actuated valves have been used to address this design challenge....

White Papers: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
RESOLUTE™ Encoders Make RF Antenna Positioning Accuracy and Resolution 100 Times Better

Pacific Antenna Systems (PAS) designs, fabricates, and manufactures antenna systems that use radio frequency (RF) ranging from 1 to 110 GHz....

Products: Data Acquisition
New on the Market: June 2021
Vision systems, signal generators, AC-DC converters, and more.
Facility Focus: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Facility Focus: University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley’s academic research reflects pressing global challenges in the areas of health, energy, and the environment.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
High Bus Voltage Stepper Motor Systems
New high bus voltage stepper motor systems avoid the complexity and expense of servo motors.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Mode I Fracture Testing Apparatus
The device uses load frames to test bonded structures in aerospace, automotive, defense, and energy storage applications.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Square Structural Joint with Robotic Assembly Tool
Applications include portable aerospace structures and terrestrial structures such as cleanrooms and field hospitals.
This work could lead to much more robust devices that continue to operate in spite of damage.
5 Ws: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
5 Ws of the Sunlight-Powered Water Filter
The invention could help solve the problem of providing clean water off the grid or where low-cost, non-powered water purification is needed.

Due to the chemical stability and durability of industrial polymers, plastic waste does not easily degrade in landfills and is often burned, which produces carbon dioxide and other hazardous gases. In...

Application Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Next-Generation MEMS Multi-Gas Sensing
The MPS Flammable Gas Sensor can detect and identify the concentrations of 12 of the most common combustible gases,
Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
What’s New in MEMS Sensors for Wearables
MEMS sensors have been around for a long time, but requests from the market for new applications are driving upgrades in the technology.
The technology could boost quantum computers and other superconducting electronics.
Technology Leaders: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Innovative IoT Sensor Applications Pave the Way to the Future
Sensors play a pivotal role in solving critical business challenges.
You may not be able to see them, but power anomalies that originate within your automated control system are costing you expensive downtime.
White Papers: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
OEM Peristaltic Pump Solutions for Engineers

Our pumps are proven in many medical devices that have been on the market for decades. These predicate devices that use our technology can reduce the amount of validation testing, and achieve a...

Application Briefs: Test & Measurement
Designing Large Diameter Aspheres
What you need to know before you incorporate large diameter aspheres into your optical systems.

NASA Marshall Space Flight Center developed designs for two micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) motion and position sensors: a single-axis accelerometer and a gyroscope....

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NASA Spinoff: Robotics, Automation & Control
Hot Water on Demand
With a clever design by NASA, waiting for hot water could be a thing of the past.
The paper-like material could be useful in soft robots, sensors, artificial muscles, and electric generators.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Hinge Design Helps Quadrotors Climb
The new hinge is the key to get loadbearing, large quadrotors to climb a few dozen feet in seconds.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Ultra-Sensitive Flow Microsensors
The sensors could be used in medical applications such as neuroscience and metabolism processes.
These 6 advancements are leading us to cleaner, faster aircraft.
Products: Data Acquisition
New on the Market: May 2021
Cable ties, milling software, snap-action switches, and more.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Cord Tension Measurement Device
Potential applications include parachutes, hot air balloons, weather balloons, blimps, sails, and parasails.
The structures’ small size and porosity make them well-suited for building components such as replacement joints.
Products: Electronics & Computers
New Products: May 2021 Battery Technology
Battery analyzers, uninterruptible power supplies, adhesives, and more.
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