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: Energy
Prof. Alanson Sample and his team want to turn entire buildings into wireless charging zones. Learn how their system delivers electricity over the air.
Technology Leaders: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Learn different strategies for addressing outdated avionics, like adding in commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) products.
Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Power distribution units, pressure sensors, connector straps, and more.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
The soft robot harvests energy from a laser beam and can crawl on horizontal surfaces and climb vertical walls and an upside-down glass ceiling.
Facility Focus: Wearables
Learn about the batteries, skin sensors, flexible antennas, and other cutting-edge research coming from Penn State Engineering.
Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Water-sensing smartphone screens, a NASA-developed RF switch, and an ultrasound patch.
Technology Leaders: Communications
Ball screws are helping manufacturers meet the growing demand for fiber optic cables generated by 5G communications.
Products: Electronics & Computers
Lithium batteries, compartment gaskets, chargers, and more.
Special Reports: Design
Medical Robotics - September 2021

Self-propelled nanobots that deliver drugs inside the human body...novel sensors that improve the safety and precision of industrial robots...a dynamic hydrogel material that makes building soft robotic...

Blog: Green Design & Manufacturing
Researchers at North Carolina State University demonstrated a low-cost technique for retrieving — and then reusing — nanowires from electronic devices.
White Papers: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Symmetric Multiprocessing or Virtualization

The continuous advance in multicore technologies is the catalyst for software innovation that is spawning a new generation of embedded systems that are less costly to develop, higher performing,...

White Papers: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
RTX – The Ideal RTOS Platform for the IoT Era

Next-generation industrial, vision, medical, and other systems that depend on determinism seek to combine high-end graphics, rich user interfaces, Internet of Things (IoT), and cloud...

Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
A new generation of long-life electric linear actuators has emerged to give designers more flexibility.
Briefs: Nanotechnology
Oscillatory and rotational motions of different parts are combined to pave the way to developing super-miniaturized mechanical devices.
Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Linear motion bearings, magnetic angle encoders, isolation valves, and more.
Briefs: Motion Control
This artificial muscle technology enables more human-like motion.
Application Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
RightHand Robotics combines machine vision with an intelligent gripper design to make more adaptable robots.
Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
These common pneumatic circuits can be used alone or as building blocks in larger pneumatics systems.
Briefs: Aerospace
This below-the-hook device enables gentle crane placement to decrease the risk of property damage.
Briefs: Materials
Applications include vehicle and aircraft tires, sports helmets, military equipment, and seals and couplings.
Products: Software
Epoxies, reverse-engineering software, temperature loggers, and more.
Briefs: Packaging & Sterilization
This treatment has the potential to remove from drinking water nearly all viruses that have an “outer fortress.”
Briefs: Aerospace
Applications include manned deep space exploration and terrestrial CO2 removal systems.
Briefs: Materials
High-quality coated components can be integrated into complex systems in a sustainable way.
Briefs: Energy
Chilled panels use less energy than conventional A/C and work in open spaces.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The robot firmly but gently grasps objects as small as 1 millimeter in diameter.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
This novel gel-creation method could open applications in water filtration, batteries, and smart windows.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The solution increases water recovery, prevents mineral scaling, and cuts the volume of brines in half.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Applications include wind turbines, solar arrays, commercial space mobile launchers, and industrial process stacks and equipment.

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