Mechanical/​Mechatronics

Propulsion

Explore the key advances impacting propulsion technologies and applications involved in aircraft propulsion, turbo-electric distributed propulsion, and hybrid electric aircraft propulsion systems.

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control
The Burrowing Mole Crab Robot
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Soft Mate Lifting Device
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Briefs: Design
Biomimetics is one of the most important robotic research methods which can improve the kinematic performance of robots by imitating the structure and behavior of natural organisms.
INSIDER: Unmanned Systems

A collaborative effort has installed electronic “brains” on solar-powered robots that are 100 to 250 micrometers in size — smaller than an ant’s head — so that they can walk autonomously...

Blog: Aerospace
The UA team aims to design a motorless sailplane that can soar over the Martian surface for days at a time, using only wind for propulsion.
Quiz: Power
How much do you know about the advances regarding to electric aircraft?
Briefs: Design
An experimental plant-based jet fuel could increase engine performance and efficiency, while dispensing with aromatics, the pollution-causing compounds found in conventional fuels.
INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

Using biological experiments, robot models, and a geometric theory of locomotion, researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology investigated how and why intermediate lizard...

INSIDER: Motion Control

With the perpetual motion of its waves and tides, the Earth's ocean represents a highly predictable, theoretically limitless source of kinetic energy.

Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Besides miniature spacecraft propulsion systems, the valve could also have applications in the industrial processing industry where low flow devices are commonly used.
Briefs: Power
Single joint allows six attachments with independent movement.
Briefs: Power
Acoustic optimization for anti-phase asymmetric rotor.
Briefs: Aerospace
Advanced analyses shed light on the mechanism of a deadly problem plaguing combustion chambers in rocket engines.
Briefs: Motion Control
A lightweight alternative to rudders for aircraft with spanwise adaptive wings.
On-Demand Webinars: Automotive

12:00 pm U.S. EDT

The components that make up electric vehicle (EV) propulsion systems are critical to overall vehicle performance and efficiency. This 60-minute Webinar...

Question of the Week: Robotics, Automation & Control
Tiny Robotic Crab Is Smallest-Ever Remote-Controlled Walking Robot

Northwestern University engineers have developed the smallest-ever remote-controlled walking robot — and it comes in the form of a tiny peekytoe crab.

Special Reports: Motion Control
Space Technology - July 2022

Read about a novel approach to space mining, an advanced propulsion system for hypersonic flight to Mach 17, how digital technology is fueling a new space economy, and much more in this compendium of recent...

Articles: Manned Systems
Aviation is emerging aggressively from the pandemic to turn setbacks into comebacks.
Articles: Manned Systems
As advancements in space exploration continue, more funding will not only help achieve scientific goals but also inspire the next generation of leaders in STEM, just as it did during the 1960s.
INSIDER: Motion Control

Northwestern University engineers have developed the smallest-ever remote-controlled walking robot — and it comes in the form of a tiny peekytoe crab.

INSIDER: Motion Control

Researchers from North Carolina State University and the University of Pennsylvania have developed soft robots that are capable of navigating complex environments,...

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

Fireflies that light up dusky backyards on warm summer evenings use their luminescence for communication — to attract a mate, ward off predators, or lure prey.

INSIDER: Motion Control

A mechanical jumper developed by University of California Santa Barbara engineering professor Elliot Hawkes and collaborators is capable of achieving the tallest height — roughly 100 feet (30...

Articles: Software

After years of lukewarm reception and limited funding, it looks as if the battery electric vehicle (BEV) market is finally going full throttle. According to a recent Forbes article, Schmidt Automotive...

Briefs: Energy

Electrification of the transportation sector is critical to future energy and environmental resilience and will require high-power fuel cells (either standalone or in conjunction with batteries) to...

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: Manufacturing & Prototyping

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

Facility Focus: Propulsion
Established in 1961, PPPL's primary mission is research into and development of fusion as an energy source.
Special Reports: Wearables
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...

INSIDER: Propulsion

The first fully autonomous biohybrid fish from human stem-cell-derived cardiac muscle cells has been developed by Harvard University researchers in collaboration with colleagues from Emory...

INSIDER: Propulsion

Carnegie Mellon University's Corey Harper, an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Heinz School of Public Policy, led a study that...

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