Mechanical & Fluid Systems

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Find multimedia resources and technical briefs covering complex mechanical components and technologies. Find the latest applications that design engineers are using to meet their design challenges.

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White Papers: Aerospace
How to Check and Quantify the Five Deadly Problems

This paper begins by reviewing the current research on aeration within the lubrication context. A solid understanding of the symptoms and effects of aeration are required to build an...

Issue Archive: Energy
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Articles: Data Acquisition
Key considerations to keep in mind while selecting the best encoder for your application.
Products: Design
New Products from the August 2022 issue of Motion Design.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Besides miniature spacecraft propulsion systems, the valve could also have applications in the industrial processing industry where low flow devices are commonly used.
Briefs: Aerospace
Testing has shown that NASA's poppet reduces leakage rates of traditional aerospace cryogenic valves by three orders of magnitude.
Application Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Although the basic function of cotton gins is quite old, today’s versions can benefit further from modernized control systems.
Application Briefs: Automotive
The moving assembly line remains an integral piece of most automobile manufacturing.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Gust load alleviation is an increasing concern for the design of fixed-wing aircraft with ultra-high aspect wings.
Briefs: Aerospace
A self-aligning, self-healing system for pneumatics and cryogenics with applications in aerospace.
Briefs: Power
Single joint allows six attachments with independent movement.
INSIDER: Medical

Mimicking the human body, specifically the actuators that control muscle movement, is of immense interest around the globe. In recent years, it has led to many innovations to improve...

INSIDER: Motion Control

A new method of generating gaits for robotic assistive devices aims to guarantee stability and achieve more natural locomotion for different users. The method is being developed by a team at...

Quiz: Aerospace
NASA plans to retire the International Space Station by 2030; its operations will be transitioned to commercial low-Earth orbit destinations. Take this quiz to test your knowledge of the ISS.
Articles: Medical
A life-saving device developed by Vascular Perfusion Solutions uses compressed oxygen to extend the life of organs for transplants.
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...

Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control

A number of the engineers I’ve interviewed have taken their inspirations from nature. As one said to me, nature has been evolving and perfecting its designs over thousands of years — we should...

Podcasts: Aerospace
CTO Daniella Sladen and her team at Zulu Pods have created an oil-delivery system that fits in the palm of your hand.
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,...

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control

Legged robots are very promising for use in real-world applications, but their operation in narrow spaces is still challenging. One solution for enhancing their environmental...

INSIDER: Automotive

Specialists in fluid dynamics at Rice University and Waseda University in Tokyo have developed their computer simulation methods to the point where it’s possible to accurately model...

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

A mechanical jumper developed by University of California Santa Barbara engineering professor Elliot Hawkes and collaborators is capable of achieving the tallest height — roughly 100 feet (30...

INSIDER: Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Inspired by the natural dexterity of the human hand, a team of engineers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) has created a reconfigurable hybrid robotics system that is able...

INSIDER: Manufacturing & Prototyping

In a global first, scientists have demonstrated that molecular robots are able to accomplish cargo delivery by employing a strategy of swarming, achieving a transport efficiency five times...

INSIDER: Materials

Physicists at the University of Würzburg have propelled micrometer-sized drones significantly smaller than red blood cells, exerting precise control, using only light.

White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Hydraulic Reservoirs for Mobile Equipment: A Primer

Mobile hydraulic reservoirs are expected to perform as well as their industrial counterparts, even though they are typically operating under more extreme and often adverse conditions....

White Papers: Motion Control
A Comparison of Fittings

This report reviews styles of fittings commonly used with plastic and rubber tubing. Included are barbed designs, push-to-connects, compression types with multiple components, and heavy-duty cam couplings. Materials...

Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Modular robot platforms, automated crane systems, motion smoothing, and more.
Products: Imaging
High-performance laser trackers, gimbal motors, air-quality sensors, and more.