Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Fluid Handling

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

White Papers: Medical
The Inside Story on Proper Pump Selection for Medical Device Applications

For surgical procedures requiring irrigation, pumps are one of the more significant medical device components, and pump selection is paramount to operational success....

Issue Archive: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
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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...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Read about the new products for October 2022.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
The innovation opens the door for faster and more affordable at-home medical testing.
Briefs: Materials
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.
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.
Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems

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.

Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems

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: 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...

Products: Motion Control
Modular robot platforms, automated crane systems, motion smoothing, and more.
Products: Imaging
High-performance laser trackers, gimbal motors, air-quality sensors, and more.
Application Briefs: Motion Control
Many presses continue using inefficient and unreliable hydraulic pumps.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Self-healing materials, quick disconnects, and eco-friendly micro-supercapacitors.
Briefs: Power
This scalable power processing unit (PPU) is for use with low-power Hall effect thrusters.
Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Battery monitoring, flow meters, torque sensors, and more.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
A new catalyst and microchannel reactors improve efficiency and cost of the process.
Briefs: Manned Systems
The simulations provide insight on the models needed to simulate a full-scale landing event.
White Papers: Medical
How To Substantially Reduce Encoder Cost While Gaining Functionality With Multi-Turn Rotary Position Sensors

New Technology Will Reduce Encoder Costs and Improve Performance. Rotation counters are required for many applications to count...

Articles: Software
Learn how design engineers are making better gas meters.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Vibrating transducers create tunnels in a thin layer of oil to transport droplets across a chip without leaving a trace behind.
Question of the Week: Energy
Will ‘Ocean Batteries’ Catch On?

Our lead story today highlights an innovative energy approach from a Netherlands-based company called Ocean Grazer. Tied to existing wind farms, the team’s “Ocean Battery” pumps water from solid subsea reservoirs into flexible bladders located just above the seabed. When there is a demand for power, the...

INSIDER: Physical Sciences

A pair of University of Houston engineers has discovered that they can create upward fountains in water by shining laser beams on the water’s surface. Jiming Bao, professor of...

Podcasts: Manufacturing & Prototyping

Dr. Frits Bliek and his team at Ocean Grazer are building an "Ocean Battery" that brings hydrodam technology to the sea.

Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Large machines can breathe in and out cooling blasts of water to keep their systems from overheating.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
An electrically driven soft valve paves the way for fully soft robots.
INSIDER: Motion Control

Modern agricultural tractors contain so much cutting-edge technology, they rival even the latest spacecraft. But the back end is still old-school, relying largely on fossil...

Products: Test & Measurement
Motors, suspension arms, slit couplings, and more.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
This mechanism improves rotordynamic stability in turbomachinery.