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Access the latest news and technical advancements impacting Mechanical and Fluid systems. Explore articles and technical briefs about fastening, joining, mechanical components, fluid handling, and micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMs).

Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
These tactile imaging sensors can measure pressure distribution without using pressure-sensitive materials.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Designed for soldier uniforms, the fiber can sense, store, analyze, and infer activity when sewn into a piece of clothing.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The approach could lead to more flexible health monitors, wearable devices, sensors, optical communication systems, and soft robotics.
Briefs: Materials
Synthesis of fiber-metal laminates is performed using RF plasma spray deposition.
Briefs: Materials
A folded plastic bladder could store and pump the fuel.
Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Power distribution units, pressure sensors, connector straps, and more.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
A deep-learning technique optimizes the arrangement of sensors on a robot’s body to ensure efficient operation.
Briefs: Motion Control
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: Electronics & Computers
Learn about the batteries, skin sensors, flexible antennas, and other cutting-edge research coming from Penn State Engineering.
Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
The valve enables telerobotic resupplying of media such as propellant and pressurant.
Briefs: Propulsion
This method is a faster way to manufacture combustion chambers and nozzles for aerospace propulsion as well as heat exchangers in oil and gas applications.
Articles: Wearables
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: Imaging
Automotive camera monitors, curved CMOS sensors, fiber lasers, and more.
Products: Materials
Lithium batteries, compartment gaskets, chargers, and more.
Special Reports: Propulsion
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...

Special Reports: Automotive
Test & Measurement - September 2021

An automated CT system “sees” deep inside electronics to spot hidden defects...a NASA moon mission spinoff now monitors forest fire emissions...a novel way to test bonded structures in critical...

Special Reports: Materials
Moisture & Pressure Protection - September 2021

Engineers face multiple challenges when battling moisture and condensation buildup in their projects. Knowing what types of products – such as desiccants, pressure relief valves, etc. – are...

Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
A low-cost, dynamically controlled surface for 3D printers reduces waste and saves time.
Articles: Software
Tech Briefs asked 5 execs: What should a user consider before moving to the cloud?
Question of the Week: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Would You Use a ‘Cold Tube?’

Our August issue of Tech Briefs highlighted a technology that offers an energy-efficient alternative to the air conditioner: The Cold Tube.

On-Demand Webinars: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Innovations and Techniques for Joining Dissimilar Materials

The never-ending effort to reduce vehicle weight brings a widening spectrum of materials as candidates for vehicle bodies and structures, as well as interior components and trim. Invariably, these dissimilar materials must be joined. The science that enables this task is...

White Papers: Automotive
Digitalization of New Product Development

Today’s New Product Development (NPD) projects are mechatronic with a tremendous amount of electronics and software. In fact, data shows that 20-50% of warranty issues in vehicles include...

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
Direct Drive Motor vs. Rotary Gear Motor

For decades, geared servo motors have been one of the most common tools in the industrial automation toolbox. Offering excellent performance for positioning, velocity matching, electronic camming,...

White Papers: Motion Control
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: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
A new generation of long-life electric linear actuators has emerged to give designers more flexibility.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
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.

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