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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).

Products : Photonics/Optics
New Products: November 2018 Photonics & Imaging Technology

Optical Monitoring System

The SpectraLock Optical Monitoring System from Eddy Company (Apple Valley, CA) provides in-situ monitoring and deposition rate control to produce...

Articles : Motion Control
Custom Optomechanics in Industrial UV Lasers

Reliability and longevity directly impact the cost of using Q-switched, diode pumped, solid state, ultraviolet lasers in industrial applications. Damage to the intracavity harmonic crystal is...

Application Briefs : Test & Measurement
Ray Optics Simulation of Inertial Navigation Systems

Attitude detection is a crucial element in aircraft and spacecraft navigation. The motion of an aircraft consists of a translational component (motion of its center of mass with respect to...

Articles : Semiconductors & ICs
2018 Create the Future Design Contest: Electronics/Sensors/IOT Category Winner

FUTURE ANTENNA MINIATURIZATION MECHANISM: MAGNETOELECTRIC ANTENNAS

Hwaider Lin and Nian-Xiang Sun, Northeastern University, Boston, MA...
Articles : Sensors/Data Acquisition
2018 Create the Future Design Contest: Consumer Products Category Winner

ALUMINUM-POWERED ELECTRICITY GENERATION

Aluminum has an incredibly high energy density — double that of gasoline and an order of magnitude greater than...

Blog : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Now Deploying from the ISS: A Harpoon, A Net, and Other Ideas for Cleaning Up Space Debris
Richard Duke spoke with Tech Briefs about the nature of the space-junk problem — and how his team plans to fix it.
White Papers : Robotics, Automation & Control
Using Accelerated Tests to Compare Recurring Leakages in Rotary Shaft Seals

Danfoss Power Solutions designed a test to optimize the shaft seal design for the Orbital X product series — meaning customers can be confident in expecting less occurrences of leakage in the field. They targeted specific components of the Orbital X motors to find...

White Papers : Medical
Full-Color 3D Printing, Poised to Change the Game for Businesses Everywhere

While full-color 3D printing has been around for many years, it is now gaining meaningful traction. In part this is because next-generation technologies are entering the market, offering capabilities that improve quality and performance, while at the same time helping to...

Question of the Week : Sensors/Data Acquisition
What NASA Spin-Off Stands Out to You?

NASA technologies have led to many of the commercial products and innovative solutions we use every day, from memory foam and freeze-dried foods to exercise equipment and water purifiers. The October issue of Tech Briefs showcased a number of these NASA spinoffs.

Read the Tech Briefs feature article,...

Articles : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Single-Axis Motion Control Systems: Multi-Sourced vs. Single-Sourced

In today’s fast-paced industrial settings, speed and efficiency are key. Reducing time spent on sourcing, installing, and testing motion control systems can play a big...

Briefs : Motion Control
Popcorn-Driven Robotic Actuators

When heated, popcorn can expand more than 10 times in size, change its viscosity by a factor of 10, and transition from regular to highly irregular granules with surprising force. These unique qualities can...

Products : Test & Measurement
New Products: October 2018 Motion Design

Multi-Voltage Motors

Simotics SD Pro low-voltage motors from Siemens (Munich, Germany) are suited for mains-fed operation or with a converter for voltages up to 690 volts. There is generally...

Articles : Electronics & Computers
Key Considerations When Selecting a Connector Solution

Electronics industry trends develop and change, technologies emerge and improve, and new applications bring new requirements and challenges. While this obviously has an impact on the...

Who's Who : Test & Measurement
Q&A: Dr. Sheng Xu, Department of NanoEngineering and the Center for Wearable Sensors, Jacobs School of Engineering, University of California San Diego

A team led by UCSD has built a stretchable electronic patch that can be worn on the skin like a bandage and used to wirelessly monitor a variety of physical and electrical signals, from...

Articles : Imaging
NASA at 60: 1958-2018 Decades of Discovery

For six decades, NASA has led the peaceful exploration of space, making discoveries about our planet, our solar system, and our universe. At home, NASA research has made great advances in aviation,...

Articles : Aerospace
NASA at 60: The First A

The first “A” in NASA stands for aeronautics — the science of travel through the air. It's as much about flying on airplanes and arriving safely at a destination as it is about astronauts in space. NASA's roots...

Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Acoustic Beamforming Array Using Feedback-Controlled Microphones for Tuning and Self-Matching of Frequency Response

NASA's Langley Research Center, in collaboration with Michigan State University (MSU), has developed a microphone array that...

Briefs : Aerospace
Optical Mass Sensor for Multi-Phase Flows

NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center is offering opportunities for its new fiber optic mass flow sensor system. Capable of measuring multi-phase flows in a pipe, the technology is minimally invasive,...

Briefs : Materials
Engineering Soft Materials that Mimic Neural Tissue

A process for engineering next-generation soft materials with embedded chemical networks that mimic the behavior of neural tissue lays the foundation for soft active matter with highly...

Articles : Robotics, Automation & Control
NASA at 60: Celebrating Success

Over the past 60 years, NASA scientists and engineers have developed many advanced technologies and processes. But NASA has also partnered with industry, using commercially available products to complete its missions. Here, some of those companies join NASA in celebrating these collaborative successes.

Briefs : Semiconductors & ICs
Polymer Nanofiber-Based Reversible Nano-Switch/Sensor Schottky Diode (nanoSSSD) Device

Innovators at NASA's Glenn Research Center have developed a unique nano-structure device that operates as a nano-switch/sensor for detecting toxic gases and ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Conventional microsensors are limited by their short life, high cost and...

Briefs : Materials
Hybrid Silicone-Fabric Sensor for Wearable Robots

Wearable technologies are exploding in popularity in both the consumer and research spaces, but most of the electronic sensors that detect and transmit data from wearables are made of hard,...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Product of the Month: October 2018

SEGGER Microcontroller Systems, Gardner, MA, introduced emPack, a complete operating system for IoT devices and embedded systems. It is delivered in source code for 8-, 16-, and 32-bit microcontrollers and...

News : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Preventing Premature Part Failures with Electropolishing

Design engineers in the aerospace industry are constantly challenged to improve fit and function of components used in commercial and military aircraft. Parts used in these aircraft...

News : Materials
3 Key Benefits: Better Corrosion Resistance, Fatigue Life, Part Integrity

Electropolishing has become a common metal finishing process used in the aerospace industry to help improve the overall quality of metal components. These components...

White Papers : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Discrete Proportional Valve Technology

This white paper describes an innovative concept for control of coolant flow that avoids many of the pitfalls of traditional valve designs. The valve design discussed is specifically tailored to the unique needs of the EV marketplace, where energy efficiency is paramount.

Articles : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Key Considerations When Selecting a Connector Solution: Choosing a Suitable Connector Supplier
Learn about certification, support, supply chain and other facts to consider when choosing a connector supplier.
Podcasts : Data Acquisition
Here's an Idea: Vibration Communication
The haptics field is wide open, and researchers are finding new and exciting ways to send a message through touch.
Articles : Electronics & Computers
Key Considerations When Selecting a Connector Solution: Addressing Materials, Layout, and Assembly Aspects
A connectors expert reviews standards and certifications; assembly tooling; and physical space issues.
White Papers : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The Inside Story on Technical Lubricants

Chemours has extensive experience developing advanced flouroproducts vital to many industries, with well-known brands such as Teflon and Krytox renowned for performing under the harshest conditions. The company’s perfluoropolyether (PFPE)-based lubricant Krytox, originally created for demanding...

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