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.

Issue Archive: Manufacturing & Prototyping
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Application Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
This measurement technique is particularly useful for, but not limited to, samples containing organic compounds.
Products: Information Technology
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Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
This mechanism improves rotordynamic stability in turbomachinery.
Briefs: Motion Control
Potential uses include MEMS accelerometers, vibration monitoring, and other precision motion control applications.
Briefs: Aerospace
The technology was developed as an alternative to existing options for in-space aeroponic food production applications.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The tool straightens thin, malleable 4-mm metal tubes like those used for fuel, pneumatic, or hydraulic pressurized lines.
Briefs: Lighting
To overcome the limitations of using cleaning agents, sprays, or bulky high-cost sterilizing systems, NASA developed the Ultraviolet Germicidal Door Handle.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
The tiny device accurately measures acceleration in smaller navigation systems and other devices.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Users can download the design files to 3D print and assemble a customizable peristaltic pump.
Briefs: Motion Control
A prototype version could be demonstrated on a large cargo lunar lander.
Blog: Design
See Tech Briefs’ top-performing quizzes of 2022.
Technology & Society: Green Design & Manufacturing
A zero-emission reusable stratospheric balloon developed by Urban Sky for remote sensing could one day be used for real-time wildfire monitoring.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
NASA is developing the next generation of spacesuits for future missions.
Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
Researchers produced a soft, mechanical metamaterial that can “think” about how forces are applied to it and respond via programmed reactions.
Briefs: Design
Researchers designed a new type of soft robotic gripper that uses a collection of thin tentacles to entangle and ensnare objects.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Researchers have developed a shape-shifting material that can take and hold any possible shape.
INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

Electrostatic actuators are simple and lightweight devices that emulate human muscles. However, their usage has primarily been restricted to moving small devices since they...

INSIDER: Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Elisa Riedo and her team have discovered a fundamental friction law that is leading to a deeper understanding of energy...

INSIDER: Manufacturing & Prototyping

The Korea Institute of Machinery and Materials (KIMM) announced that it has developed a gripper capable of all gripping movements, inspired by elephant trunks. It mimics how...

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

If you’ve ever played the claw game at an arcade, you know how hard it is to grab and hold onto objects using robotic grippers. Imagine how much more nerve-wracking that game would be if,...

White Papers: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The Basics Of Pressure Regulators

Learn the design elements to consider when specifying a pressure regulator with Beswick’s helpful pressure regulator guide. Several factors including operating pressure ranges for the inlet and outlet,...

Briefs: Materials
The soft and stretchable device converts movement into electricity and can work in wet environments.
Briefs: Transportation
This below-the-hook device enables gentle crane placement to decrease the risk of property damage.
Briefs: Nanotechnology
Oscillatory and rotational motions of different parts are combined to pave the way to developing super-miniaturized mechanical devices.
Briefs: Motion Control
The integrated tool eliminates the need for manual operators or additional custom fixtures.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The researchers created these sensing structures using just one material and a single run on a 3D printer.
Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The most common use of HDD systems is for industrial applications moving heavy masses on a continuous basis with low speed and high torque, and especially high starting torque for operations with frequent stops and starts.
Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
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