Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Mechanical Components

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.

Blog: Sensors/Data Acquisition
A Robotic 'Digger Finger' Senses Buried Items
Application Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
Next Generation MEMS IMUs — High Performance, Scalable
Facility Focus: Photonics/Optics
Facility Focus: University of California, Berkeley
Application Briefs: Test & Measurement
Designing Large Diameter Aspheres
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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....

Notable graduates of the school include Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos, Google executive Eric Schmidt, Internet pioneer Bob Kahn, former Chrysler head Lee Iacocca, and six NASA astronauts.
NASA Spinoff: Robotics, Automation & Control
Hot Water on Demand
With a clever design by NASA, waiting for hot water could be a thing of the past.
The paper-like material could be useful in soft robots, sensors, artificial muscles, and electric generators.
Briefs: Motion Control
Hinge Design Helps Quadrotors Climb
The new hinge is the key to get loadbearing, large quadrotors to climb a few dozen feet in seconds.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Ultra-Sensitive Flow Microsensors
The sensors could be used in medical applications such as neuroscience and metabolism processes.
Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Cleaner, Faster Flight is on the Horizon
These 6 advancements are leading us to cleaner, faster aircraft.
Products: RF & Microwave Electronics
New on the Market: May 2021
Cable ties, milling software, snap-action switches, and more.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Cord Tension Measurement Device
Potential applications include parachutes, hot air balloons, weather balloons, blimps, sails, and parasails.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Rapid 3D Printing of Biomedical Parts
The structures’ small size and porosity make them well-suited for building components such as replacement joints.
Products: Test & Measurement
New Products: May 2021 Battery Technology
Battery analyzers, uninterruptible power supplies, adhesives, and more.
Taking inspiration from the insect, Tufts researchers created light-activated composite devices that execute precise, visible movements and form complex three-dimensional shapes, like a "photonic sunflower. "
Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Get a Handle on Grippers
In North America alone, the gripper market is worth roughly $100 million — and that number is expected to climb up to 5 percent each year.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Lightweight Crane Technology for the Moon
A prototype version could be demonstrated on a large cargo lunar lander.
Products: Motion Control
New Products: April 2021 Motion Design
Servo drives, magnetic angle sensors, draw wires, and more.
Shape and environment can cause materials to move without motors or hands.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
High-Torque Light-Powered Actuator
These actuators can compete with electrical and pneumatic systems.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Laser-Light-Based Accelerometer
The tiny device accurately measures acceleration in smaller navigation systems and other devices.
Pneumatic technologies such as control valves continue to evolve, incorporating sensors, industrial network interfaces, wireless technology, and more.
Specially designed brake controls are a critical factor of brake performance in any application.
Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
New on the Market: April 2021
Displacement sensors, metal 3D printers, shielding materials, and more.
See the advanced materials, complex systems, and bioengineering technologies being created at Cornell.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Disrupting the Automobile Design Process
The more complex the vehicle, the greater the need for comprehensive design solutions.
White Papers: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Custom Built Machines Increase Employee Safety, Speed Up Production, and Save You Money

A lot of companies shy away from custom machine builds because they believe them to be more expensive than simply selecting a pre-built off-the-shelf...

White Papers: Aerospace
Thermal Management Techniques in Avionics Cooling

As modern-day UAV’s are becoming more and more complex and compact in their design, requiring cooling, and possibly heating, design engineers typically favor liquid cooling solutions to...

Blog: Sensors/Data Acquisition
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.

White Papers: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
White Paper: The Facts About Roller Bearing Life Calculations

This in-depth white paper provides a detailed analytical approach to calculating life, and is designed to give engineers confidence when applying our broad range of linear...

White Papers: Design
White Paper: IVT vs Profile Rail

Profile rail (PRT) is a common linear guidance system where re-circulating ball bearings run on profiled steel rails fastened to a structure. One alternative, Integral-V™ Technology (IVT) from PBC Linear,...

Rain detectors, beacons, flow meters, and more.