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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).

Products: Data Acquisition
New on the Market: June 2020
Industrial PCs, power modules, processor blades, and more.
An inexpensive gyroscope could help drones and autonomous cars stay on track without a GPS signal.
Application Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Selecting Pressure Sensors for Autoclaves
Find the right pressure sensors for your sterilization applications.
The rainproof, stainproof technology turns clothing into self-powered remotes while turning away bacteria.
White Papers: Photonics/Optics
Introduction to 3D Printing with PµSL

Small devices that require high precision, high resolution, and high accuracy are all around us. From the electronic connectors in cellphones to the tiny valves in medical pumps, these devices aren’t...

A proof-of-concept soft robot has a cheetah-like gait that avoids the usual crawl.
White Papers: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
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....

See how NASA engineer Mike Buttigieg is creating a device that will free up ventilators for patients with COVID-19
Blog: Manufacturing & Prototyping
NASA's 'VITAL' Ventilator Gets FDA Approval

A low-cost, low-complexity ventilator developed by NASA engineers at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) received approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week.

Briefs: Propulsion
Supersonic Spike Diffuser
This diffuser provides double the pumping efficiency in one-quarter the space.
This passive device relies on a layer of material that blocks incoming sunlight but lets heat radiate away.
This device could enable rapid, inexpensive liquid biopsies to help detect cancer and develop targeted treatment plans.
Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
New on the Market: May 2020
Sealing connection tools, oscilloscopes, snap-action switches, and more...
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Autonomic and Apoptotic Highly Distributed System
Applications include distributed computer systems, computer security, and commercial satellite systems.
The technique could be used to improve navigation for robots, drones, or pedestrians.
This diagnostic device allows doctors to detect cancer quickly from a droplet of blood or plasma.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Polymer Twists and Bends in the Presence of Light
A liquid crystal elastomer can be programmed to exhibit controllable, dynamic behavior without the need for complex electronic components.
This lightweight and efficient mechanism enables retention, release, and deployment of solar arrays and antennas.
The domino effect is used to design deployable systems that expand quickly with a small push and are stable and locked into place after deployment.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
Foldable Mechanical Devices
These “developable mechanisms” are built into the surfaces of structures.
This gel releases short gene sequences into the heart muscle to heal it following a heart attack.
Articles: Materials
Products of Tomorrow: May 2020
A cryptographic ID tag, a high-reliability NASA switch, and a stretchable thermoelectric generator...
This NASA center hosts the world’s greatest collection of wind tunnels and flight simulation facilities
Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
New Products: May 2020 Photonics & Imaging Technology
Photodetectors, ultrafast lasers, energy sensors, and more.
Researchers described a new strategy of designing metamolecules.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Device Tests Drugs on Tumor Tissue
An inexpensive 3D-printed microfluidics device could be used to personalize cancer treatment.
This method uses fiber optic probes for measurement of semiconductors, optical coatings, magnetic read/write heads, and precision machines.
Products: Data Acquisition
Product of the Month: May 2020 Tech Briefs
The ADISRA SmartView 4.0 HMI allows builders to see what's going on in their machines.
Technology Leaders: Photonics/Optics
Using Lasers in the Automotive Manufacturing Industry

Ever since Henry Ford introduced the first moving production line to the industry in 1913, automotive manufacturers have been constantly striving to streamline their processes,...

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