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.

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....

Blog: Sensors/Data Acquisition
A Robotic 'Digger Finger' Senses Buried Items
The technology uses tactile sensing to identify objects underground.
Application Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
New Hybrid Concept for Actuating Subsea Valves
A valve actuator has deep-sea applications.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Linear Bearings: What You Need to Know
Learn the distinct forms that linear bearings take, and where the bearings are being used today.
Designers who must sense motor position, speed, or acceleration have a lot of choices, including resolvers, optical encoders, and Hall-effect devices.
Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
New Products: June 2021 Motion Design
Encoders, quick disconnects, automation systems, and more.
A catalytic reaction causes a two-dimensional, chemically coated sheet to spontaneously morph into a three-dimensional gear.
Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
Nanosized Foldable Robots
The machines fold themselves within 100 milliseconds and can flatten and refold thousands of times.
The walking quadruped is controlled and powered by pressurized air.
Application Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Next-Generation MEMS IMUs — High Performance, Scalable
Editor Ed Brown explores what’s ahead for MEMS automobile navigation systems.
Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
New Products: June 2021 Sensor Technology
High-precision medical sensors, battery-cell mappers, signal conditioners, and more.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
A Better Way to Measure Acceleration
Researchers have developed a millimeter-thick accelerometer.
Products: Data Acquisition
New on the Market: June 2021
Vision systems, signal generators, AC-DC converters, and more.
Facility Focus: Photonics/Optics
Facility Focus: University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley’s academic research reflects pressing global challenges in the areas of health, energy, and the environment.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
High Bus Voltage Stepper Motor Systems
New high bus voltage stepper motor systems avoid the complexity and expense of servo motors.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
Mode I Fracture Testing Apparatus
The device uses load frames to test bonded structures in aerospace, automotive, defense, and energy storage applications.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Square Structural Joint with Robotic Assembly Tool
Applications include portable aerospace structures and terrestrial structures such as cleanrooms and field hospitals.
This work could lead to much more robust devices that continue to operate in spite of damage.
5 Ws: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
5 Ws of the Sunlight-Powered Water Filter
The invention could help solve the problem of providing clean water off the grid or where low-cost, non-powered water purification is needed.

Due to the chemical stability and durability of industrial polymers, plastic waste does not easily degrade in landfills and is often burned, which produces carbon dioxide and other hazardous gases. In...

Application Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Designing Large Diameter Aspheres
What you need to know before you incorporate large diameter aspheres into your optical systems.

NASA Marshall Space Flight Center developed designs for two micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) motion and position sensors: a single-axis accelerometer and a gyroscope....

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: Photonics/Optics
Hot Water on Demand
With a clever design by NASA, waiting for hot water could be a thing of the past.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Pollen-Based Paper Bends and Curls in Response to Humidity
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: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Ultra-Sensitive Flow Microsensors
The sensors could be used in medical applications such as neuroscience and metabolism processes.
These 6 advancements are leading us to cleaner, faster aircraft.
Products: Software
New on the Market: May 2021
Cable ties, milling software, snap-action switches, and more.

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