Mechanical & Fluid Systems


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).

INSIDER: Materials

In a global first, scientists have demonstrated that molecular robots are able to accomplish cargo delivery by employing a strategy of swarming, achieving a transport efficiency five times...

INSIDER: Nanotechnology

Physicists at the University of Würzburg have propelled micrometer-sized drones significantly smaller than red blood cells, exerting precise control, using only light.

White Papers: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Hydraulic Reservoirs for Mobile Equipment: A Primer

Mobile hydraulic reservoirs are expected to perform as well as their industrial counterparts, even though they are typically operating under more extreme and often adverse conditions....

White Papers: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
A Comparison of Fittings

This report reviews styles of fittings commonly used with plastic and rubber tubing. Included are barbed designs, push-to-connects, compression types with multiple components, and heavy-duty cam couplings. Materials...

Products: Connectivity
Modular robot platforms, automated crane systems, motion smoothing, and more.
Products: Motion Control
High-performance laser trackers, gimbal motors, air-quality sensors, and more.
Special Reports: Medical
Medical Robotics - April 2022

Novel biosensors set to revolutionize brain-controlled robotics...micro-robots propelled by air bubbles...a smart artificial hand...major advances in exoskeleton technology. These are just a few of the medical...

Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
A reversible polymer changes color when it senses a material is about to fail.
Application Briefs: Test & Measurement
Many presses continue using inefficient and unreliable hydraulic pumps.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The device combines with body power to treat tendon disease and damage, and sports injuries.
Articles: Materials
Self-healing materials, quick disconnects, and eco-friendly micro-supercapacitors.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Rowheel, which was a winning technology at SAE’s Create the Future Design Contest in 2010, continues to roll forward.
Blog: Design
You can design something special when you begin with a blank piece of paper on a wall. Editor Ed Brown shares a lesson learned from his early days as an engineer.
White Papers: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Thermal Actuator Technology

Designers continuously look for ways to improve reliability and precision to keep their thermal management operating at peak performance. Thermostatic technology has become increasingly prevalent in Aviation,...

Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Automation can crumble, even when only one cog is loose, says Brad Walters from Monnit.
Articles: Electronics & Computers
Find the right components that protect your electronics from the effects of temperature and moisture.
Facility Focus: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Michigan engineers and collaborators are improving smart infrastructure, autonomous transportation, weather prediction, nuclear non-proliferation, and more.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
A new catalyst and microchannel reactors improve efficiency and cost of the process.
Briefs: Packaging & Sterilization
The handheld printer deposits sheets of skin to cover large burn wounds and its bio-ink accelerates healing.
Products: Energy
Battery monitoring, flow meters, torque sensors, and more.
Briefs: Materials
Mechanical properties, such as strength and ductility, can be improved for car, plane, and building components.
Products: Communications
Smart contactors, an industrial edge platform, tiny engines, and more.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
This scalable power processing unit (PPU) is for use with low-power Hall effect thrusters.
Briefs: Data Acquisition
The simulations provide insight on the models needed to simulate a full-scale landing event.
Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
A Smart Gadget, a simulator module, and a holographic display.
Technology Leaders: Data Acquisition
The method combines concepts of global and local stereo methods for accurate, pixel- wise matching at low runtime.
Blog: Test & Measurement
Which machinery requires constant monitoring? According to one industry expert, the answer boils down to “Criticality.”
White Papers: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
How To Substantially Reduce Encoder Cost While Gaining Functionality With Multi-Turn Rotary Position Sensors

New Technology Will Reduce Encoder Costs and Improve Performance. Rotation counters are required for many applications to count...

Special Reports: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Test & Measurement - February 2022

From space vehicles to the modern battlefield to the human body, test innovations are improving device and system reliability while speeding time to market. Read about the latest advances – including the...