Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Fluid Handling

Stay up to date on the latest developments in fluid handling. Explore technical briefs, news, and the latest applications.

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INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

Festo (Islandia, NY) introduced its newest generation of Cartesian-handling-system mechanical axes at Automate 2024. The ELGD-TB, tooth belt, and ELGD-BS, ball screw, axes feature an...

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Quiz: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
As more and more elements of automotive systems are computer-controlled, accurate system-wide sensors are critical for proper operations, whether in internal combustion, hybrid, or completely electric vehicles. How much do you know about automotive sensors? Take this quiz to test your knowledge.
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Briefs: Aerospace
NASA’s Ames Research Center has developed a novel closed-form solution to model wing flutter aerodynamics for any aircraft wing (within a certain thickness regime and without camber). This closed-form solution can be readily extended to wing sections with camber.
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INSIDER: Mechanical & Fluid Systems

An inspection design method and procedure by which mobile robots can inspect large pipe structures has been demonstrated with the successful inspection of...

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Briefs: Materials
A team at ETH Zurich has developed an ultrasonically actuated glass needle that can be attached to a robotic arm. This lets them pump and mix minuscule amounts of liquid and trap particles.
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INSIDER: Sensors/Data Acquisition

MIT engineers have developed a robotic replica of the heart’s right ventricle, which mimics the beating and blood-pumping action of live hearts.

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White Papers: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
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Selecting the Right Material Properties for the Right Electric Motor

Finding materials with suitable thermal, structural, and electromagnetic properties for future electric powertrain components is vital. Material selection significantly...

Application Briefs: Aerospace
Leveraging a high-speed permanent magnet motor, an environmental control system aboard the ISS represents a step change toward electrification and optimization.
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Briefs: Materials
The tiny motors mimic how rock climbers navigate inclines.
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Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
A catalytic reaction causes a two-dimensional, chemically coated sheet to spontaneously morph into a three-dimensional gear.
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INSIDER: Manufacturing & Prototyping

A Cornell-led collaboration harnessed chemical reactions to make microscale origami machines self-fold — freeing them from the liquids in which they usually function, so they...

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Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
A team of researchers has designed a new system of fluid-driven actuators that enable soft robots to achieve more complex motions. The researchers accomplished this by taking advantage of the very thing — viscosity — that had previously stymied the movement of such robots.
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Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The device uses soft robotics, ultra-thin electronics, and microfluidics.
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Blog: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Untethered soft robots are poised to become even more agile and controlled.
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INSIDER: Mechanical & Fluid Systems

The soft robotic models are patient-specific and could help clinicians zero in on the best implant for an individual.

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Briefs: Motion Control
This mechanism improves rotordynamic stability in turbomachinery.
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Briefs: Medical
Users can download the design files to 3D print and assemble a customizable peristaltic pump.
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INSIDER: Design

Combustion engines, propellors, and hydraulic pumps are examples of fluidic devices — instruments that utilize fluids to perform certain functions, such as generating power...

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White Papers: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
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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...

Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Read about the new products for October 2022, including rotary encoders, precision gearboxes, a brushless servo motor, and more.
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Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The innovation opens the door for faster and more affordable at-home medical testing.
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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.
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Briefs: Aerospace
Besides miniature spacecraft propulsion systems, the valve could also have applications in the industrial processing industry where low flow devices are commonly used.
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Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping

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 innovation.

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Articles: Motion Control

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,...

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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...

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Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Modular robot platforms, automated crane systems, motion smoothing, and more.
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Products: Test & Measurement
High-performance laser trackers, gimbal motors, air-quality sensors, and more.
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