Stay updated on advancements in mechanical components and mechatronics systems. New technologies in MEMs, fluid systems, and propulsion are driving breakthroughs in transportation, electrification, autonomous driving, and manufacturing.

Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Programmable Balloons for Shape-Morphing Devices
Kirigami balloons could be used in shape-changing actuators for soft robots, minimally invasive surgical devices, and macro structures for space exploration.
Smart electric actuators not only enable fine position adjustments, but they also provide real-time feedback on the extent of those adjustments.
RadiBond technology, based on nanometer-thin coatings, provides ultra-strong and ultra-tight bonding between metals and plastics.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
3D-Printed Miniature Magnetic Pump
The magnetic, multi-material pump was 3D-printed all in one piece.
Briefs: Automotive
High-Efficiency Megawatt Motor
This partially superconducting machine can be used as a motor or generator.
The camera collects the spatial and spectral information required for self-driving cars, machine vision, corrosion detection, and other applications.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Collision Detector Mimics Locust Swarms
This detector could help robots, drones, and self-driving cars avoid collisions.
What does wave energy have to do with space exploration? Plenty, it turns out.

Researchers in the Battery and Energy Storage Technology Center at Penn State University are searching for a reliable, quick-charging, cold-weather battery for automobiles. They...

Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have used new techniques to create a composite that increases the electrical current capacity of copper wires, providing a...

A new lithium-based electrolyte invented by Stanford University scientists could pave the way for the next generation of battery-powered electric vehicles (EVs). Their electrolyte...

White Papers: Automotive
Change is Right Around the Corner

The US EPA and CARB are finalizing new heavy-duty regulations that will usher in a period of unprecedented complexity, focused on engine efficiency, improvements in CO2 performance, fuel economy, reduction...

Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
Electricity-Free Radiative Cooling System
The system is effective in urban environments where there are tall buildings on all sides.
The sensors can be built into the shells of aircraft, cars, or other machines.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Lab-On-Chip Flow and Temperature Sensor
The sensor provides accurate and real-time measurement of flow rates and temperature in next-generation microfluidic instruments.
Products: Electronics & Computers
New on the Market: November 2020
VOC sensors, panel-mount connectors, 3D printing cloud software, and more.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Overcoming Pitfalls When Measuring Thin, Parallel Optics
A "TPSI" process makes it possible to distinguish between the front and back of optical surfaces, and to characterize the quality of both in a single measurement.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
E-Tongue Nanosensor Array
The technology detects the presence of one or more specific chemical components in a liquid.
Using radar commonly deployed to track speeders and fastballs, the automated system “sees” around corners to spot oncoming traffic and pedestrians.
A reader asks, "For AV testing, what are the respective role of simulation, closed course, and public road testing?"
Blog: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
With Water Jets, Machines 'Breathe' to Cool Down

University of Central Florida researchers are developing a human-like way for large machines to cool off and keep from overheating: Letting the machines "breathe."

On-Demand Webinars: Transportation
Commercial Vehicle Electrification: Still on Track?

Development and fleet testing of electric commercial vehicles is accelerating as manufacturers attempt to satisfy ever-stricter emissions regulations. Electrification strategies can prove effective for medium- and heavy-duty trucks in a variety of applications, including “last mile”...

A reader asks, "Will the public feel safe enough in an autonomous vehicle?"
Vanderbilt University engineers are proving that their elastic exosuit can provide relief for people doing the heavy lifting.
White Papers: Power
Measuring Torque Ripple and Its Effects on Electric Power and Noise & Vibration

Torque ripple can create challenges in electric motors including control, power output, noise, vibration, and durability. Torque ripple can be described as the...

Products: Electronics & Computers
New on the Market: October 2020
Tubing plugs, displacement measurements, CAM software, and more.
Briefs: Nanotechnology
Using Silicon for Battery Anodes
A nanostructure design lends extraordinary strength to a promising storage ingredient.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Nanocardboard Aircraft with No Moving Parts
Tiny aircraft that weigh as much as a fruit fly could serve as Martian atmospheric probes.

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