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Blog: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
A New Kind of Soft Pump, The Size of a Credit Card
What can you do with a credit card sized pump? "Power clothing!" Prof. Jonathan Rossiter tells Tech Briefs?
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Liquid Sorbent Carbon Dioxide Removal System
Applications include aerospace, automotive, commercial spaceflight, scuba diving equipment, and for first responders.
White Papers: Energy
Better Predicting Terminal Enclosure Temperature to Improve Heater Reliability

One of the most common failures in electric process heaters used in various industrial applications involves electrical terminations and not the heating elements....

The magnetic, multi-material pump was 3D-printed all in one piece.
Application Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Efficient Pump Protection for Large Pumps: The Control Valve Alternative
Automatic recirculation valves offer efficiency for critical pump protection in power or oil and gas applications.
RadiBond technology, based on nanometer-thin coatings, provides ultra-strong and ultra-tight bonding between metals and plastics.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Glove-Like Device Mimics Sense of Touch
The soft, wearable device simulates the sense of touch and has wide potential in medical and industrial applications.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Lab-On-Chip Flow and Temperature Sensor
The sensor provides accurate and real-time measurement of flow rates and temperature in next-generation microfluidic instruments.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
E-Tongue Nanosensor Array
The technology detects the presence of one or more specific chemical components in a liquid.
Blog: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
With Water Jets, Machines 'Breathe' to Cool Down

University of Central Florida researchers are developing a human-like way for large machines to cool off and keep from overheating: Letting the machines "breathe."

Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Products of Tomorrow: October 2020
Nanowire masks, underwater imaging, and tiny 3D-printed block that repair bone breaks.
Tiny aircraft that weigh as much as a fruit fly could serve as Martian atmospheric probes.
Taking a cue from birds and insects, the wing design helps drones fly more efficiently and makes them more robust to atmospheric turbulence.
An A/C alternative, AI that sharpens blurry images, and a NASA energy harvester.
White Papers: Medical
The Medical Device Maker's Guide to Customizing Linear Motion

Medical device manufacturing is challenging. Linear motion components are vital parts of the process, but off-the-shelf components often don't work or fit, or fail to perform....

Application Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Valve Leakage Detection in Industrial Pumps

As an integral part of onshore and offshore drilling, mud pumps circulate drilling fluids to facilitate drilling oil and natural gas wells. Mud pumps stabilize pressure and support the well during...

This technology can help robots walk up to 40 percent faster on uneven terrain such as pebbles and wood chips.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Fluid-Filled Frequency-Tunable Mass Damper
Applications include absorbers, tuned mass dampers, harmonic absorbers, and seismic dampers.
White Papers: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
What to Look for When Selecting Your Compact Air Cylinders

Not all compact air cylinders are created equal. Many components have similar features, and some look alike. How do you decide which one to use? This paper explores air cylinder...

The new technology demonstrates a 20 percent savings in fuel in typical passenger car low-load operating conditions.
Briefs: Transportation
Bio-Inspired Propulsion
Frequencies and passive dynamics of vehicles moving in air or water help enhance propulsion performance.
Traditional robotic feet are made of rigid components. A team of engineers at UCSD turned to coffee grounds to make legged robots more flexible and able to walk on a variety of rough terrain.
Taking a holistic approach to sealing systems in hydraulic systems using chrome alternatives helps engineers achieve optimum function.
Application Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Magnetic Transmissions Increase Lifespan of Offshore Wind Farms
In places of limited accessibility and harsh conditions, replacing failed transmissions is a challenging and tremendously costly task.
Products: Test & Measurement
New Products: June 2020 Motion Design
Positioning System

H2W Technologies (Santa Clarita, CA) offers the SRT-030/360-026-01 two-axis X-Theta positioning system for motion control applications that require coordinated linear and rotary...

White Papers: Photonics/Optics
Introduction to 3D Printing with PµSL

Small devices that require high precision, high resolution, and high accuracy are all around us. From the electronic connectors in cellphones to the tiny valves in medical pumps, these devices aren’t...

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....

Briefs: Propulsion
Supersonic Spike Diffuser
This diffuser provides double the pumping efficiency in one-quarter the space.
An inexpensive 3D-printed microfluidics device could be used to personalize cancer treatment.

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