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.

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Taking a cue from birds and insects, the wing design helps drones fly more efficiently and makes them more robust to atmospheric turbulence.
Briefs: Energy
Traditional spark plugs are replaced by an optical pumping source.
Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
By consolidating tasks traditionally performed by multiple devices into a single, high-performing controller, manufacturers can improve operations.
Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Standard commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) connectors continue to be a great resource for quick prototypes and reference designs.
Application Briefs: Motion Control
See how Blue Joule developed and delivered the Mini Mount (MM) Gimbal to Johns Hopkins University.
Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Accelerometers, actuators, hexapods, and more.
Articles: Motion Control
Torque limiters protect against damage and downtime caused by machine overloads.
Blog: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
As Brazil begins mass-producing a NASA-developed ventilator, a Tech Briefs reader asks why NASA didn't go open-source.
Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Foam gasket tapes, data analytics software, ceramic tape, and more.
Articles: AR/AI
An A/C alternative, AI that sharpens blurry images, and a NASA energy harvester.
Facility Focus: Test & Measurement
Stennis now is testing RS-25 rocket engines for the Space Launch System (SLS) that will carry humans back to the Moon.
Application Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
See how one company reached out to NASA with an offer to develop a custom sensor for the Mars 2020 mission rover.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Empa researchers were able to demonstrate real-time acoustic monitoring of laser weld seams.
Products: Electronics & Computers
Safety-critical MEMS, absolute pressure sensors, thermal imaging cameras, and more.
Application Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Learn the USB3 and GigE vision standards, how they keep pace with imaging technologies, and how augmenting the cabling is critical for optimal performance.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
One unexpected application for spider silk is its use in the creation of biocompatible lenses.
White Papers: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The Medical Device Maker's Guide to Customizing Linear Motion

Medical device manufacturing is challenging. Linear motion components are vital parts of the process, but off-the-shelf components often don't work or fit, or fail to perform....

White Papers: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
A Comparison of Fittings For Use with Plastic & Rubber Tubing

This report examines types of fittings commonly used with plastic and rubber tubing. Included are barbed designs, push-to-connects, compression types with multiple components, and...

Blog: Aerospace
Although life has not been found on Mars just year, a researcher from NYU thinks there could be life...under it.
Application Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control

As an integral part of onshore and offshore drilling, mud pumps circulate drilling fluids to facilitate drilling oil and natural gas wells. Mud pumps stabilize pressure and support the well during...

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
The gripper’s soft, sensitive fingers could enable robots to help with tying knots, wire shaping, or surgical suturing.
Briefs: Motion Control
This technology can help robots walk up to 40 percent faster on uneven terrain such as pebbles and wood chips.
Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Positioning devices, vibration transmitters, brushless DC motors, and more.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Applications include absorbers, tuned mass dampers, harmonic absorbers, and seismic dampers.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The battery design increases the number of possible cycles from tens to more than 100 with little degradation.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Using ceramic material and graphene, the toughness of solid-state lithium-ion batteries can be doubled.
Products: RF & Microwave Electronics
Data storage boards, modular plugs, equipment enclosures, and more.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
New safety relay modules follow updated standards to give designers more options for a tailored electrical safety implementation.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
This approach allows scientists to study the communication within plants, providing valuable insights to improve crop yields.

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