Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Fluid Handling

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Ultra-Sensitive Flow Microsensors
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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: Medical
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...

The structures’ small size and porosity make them well-suited for building components such as replacement joints.
Products: Electronics & Computers
New on the Market: April 2021
Displacement sensors, metal 3D printers, shielding materials, and more.
Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control
A Robot ‘Hears,’ Using Ear from a Locust

A robot being developed at Tel Aviv University "hears" electrical signals, thanks to a natural sensor: the ear of a dead locust.

Rain detectors, beacons, flow meters, and more.
The sensor monitors the oil circulation ratio in real time for heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Prototype Fuel Gauge for Orbit
The technology could continuously monitor fluid flow in pipes on the International Space Station and prevent satellites from colliding.
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: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
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....

Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
3D-Printed Miniature Magnetic Pump
The magnetic, multi-material pump was 3D-printed all in one piece.
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.
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: Electronics & Computers
E-Tongue Nanosensor Array
The technology detects the presence of one or more specific chemical components in a liquid.

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."

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: Motion Control
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: Test & Measurement
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...

Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Flexible Feet Help Robots Walk Faster
This technology can help robots walk up to 40 percent faster on uneven terrain such as pebbles and wood chips.
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...

Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Electrohydraulically Actuated Valve Train
The new technology demonstrates a 20 percent savings in fuel in typical passenger car low-load operating conditions.
Briefs: Motion Control
Bio-Inspired Propulsion
Frequencies and passive dynamics of vehicles moving in air or water help enhance propulsion performance.

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