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Propulsion

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

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White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
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The Missing Link in Efficient and High-Performing AWD and 4WD Electric Powertrain Systems

The Amsted Automotive Dynamic Controllable Clutch is an Electro-Mechanical E-axle Disconnect driveline system that efficiently engages and disengages...

White Papers: Transportation
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Hydrogen Fuel Stations Redefined by Emerson

As hydrogen fuel demand escalates, Emerson leads with solutions for quick, reliable, and safe dispensing. Our expertise over two decades in automation is showcased in our white paper, revealing how...

INSIDER: Transportation

Scientists from Hiroshima University undertook a study of dragonfly wings in order to better understand the relationship between a corrugated wing structure and vortex motions. They discovered that...

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Blog: Power
Purdue University researchers are testing a patented Tesla valve-inspired injection manifold design that could improve the performance of rotating detonation engines (RDEs).
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Q&A: Energy
Prasad Kandula and a group of scientists and engineers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory are developing a modular medium-voltage system to fill the existing gap between high-voltage transmission and low-voltage power electronics.
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Briefs: Aerospace
A Sustainable Engine with Reduced Assembly Costs
Boom Supersonic, the company building supersonic planes, is developing Symphony, a new propulsion system designed and optimized for its Overture supersonic airliner.
INSIDER: Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have furthered a new type of soft material that can change shape in response to light, a discovery that could advance “soft...

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INSIDER: Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Compared to robots, human bodies are more flexible, capable of fine movements, and can efficiently convert energy into movement. Drawing inspiration from human gait,...

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INSIDER: Materials

Scientists have created the world’s first working nanoscale electromotor, according to research published in the journal Nature Nanotechnology. The science team designed a turbine engineered from DNA...

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Briefs: Power
A team of MIT engineers is creating a one-megawatt motor that could be a key stepping-stone toward electrifying larger aircraft. The team has designed and tested the major components of the motor.
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INSIDER: Design

Flow-driven turbines lie at the heart of many machines that have shaped our societies, from windmills to airplanes. Even life itself depends critically on turbines for fundamental...

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Quiz: Aerospace
As the future of jet engine technology continues to take shape, test your knowledge about how jet engines work with this quiz.
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INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

A team led by Northwestern University researchers has developed the first artificial intelligence (AI) to date that can intelligently design robots from scratch.

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Special Reports: Power
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Power Electronics - November 2023

This compendium of recent articles from the editors of Tech Briefs and Aerospace & Defense Technology looks at the latest advances in power electronics and energy storage for applications ranging from...

INSIDER: Motion Control

An international team of scientists has recently developed a novel type of nano-engine made of DNA. It is driven by a clever mechanism that can perform pulsing movements. The researchers are now planning to fit it with a...

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Videos of the Month: Design
See the videos of the month, including one on Amphenol Sine’s A Series™ family of sealed heavy-duty, multipin plastic and metal connectors; one on RoboSAR – an autonomous search and rescue of victims; and more.
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INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

A newly created real-life Transformer can reconfigure its body to achieve eight distinct types of motion and can autonomously assess the environment it faces to choose the most effective...

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Special Reports: Manufacturing & Prototyping
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Vehicle Electrification - July 2023

Read this compendium of recent articles from the editors of Automotive Engineering and Battery & Electrification Technology to learn about the latest advances in e-powertrain design, batteries/energy...

INSIDER: Design

Aerospace engineers designed a 1-megawatt electrical motor that is a stepping stone toward electrifying the largest aircraft.

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INSIDER: Unmanned Systems

A robot fish fitted with a twisted and coiled polymer (TCP) to drive it forward, a lightweight low-cost device that relies on temperature change to generate movement, could make underwater...

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INSIDER: Transportation

Inspired by centipedes, Georgia Tech researchers have developed many-legged robots that can move across uneven surfaces without any additional sensing or control technology.

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INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

There is extensive research on how a fixed-position flap affects lift in the realm of fluid-structure interaction. However, taking the conversation in a new direction, researchers...

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INSIDER: Propulsion

Birds fly more efficiently by folding their wings during the upstroke, according to a recent study led by Lund University in Sweden. The results could mean that wing-folding is the...

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Blog: Unmanned Systems
A Tech Briefs interview with DART team member Dr. Saverio Cambioni.
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Blog: Motion Control
The all-terrain walking mech’s aim is to give humans the size and strength of giants. It does just that — times 50.
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Quiz: Test & Measurement
Do you know the Artemis generation? Test your knowledge about performance and crew-related aspects of the Artemis generation.
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Blog: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Untethered soft robots are poised to become even more agile and controlled.
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Briefs: Design
Biomimicking Hummingbirds for Better Drones
Hummingbirds have extreme aerial agility and flight forms, which is why many drones and other aerial vehicles are designed to mimic hummingbird movement.
INSIDER: Imaging

NASA will launch Israel’s first space telescope mission, the Ultraviolet Transient Astronomy Satellite (ULTRASAT). ULTRASAT, an ultraviolet observatory with a large field...

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