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The non-destructive coating has applications in structural health monitoring, aerospace, automotive, and military/defense.

According to the United Nations, 2.1 billion people lack access to safely managed drinking water services and the majority live in developing nations. A process was...

Isolators used to control semiconductor manufacturing keep the James Webb Space Telescope steady.
A new method of estimating the optimal trailing aircraft position in a formation increases fuel savings.
Vitrek introduces the PA920 Series ultra-high-accuracy power analyzer.
Products: Test & Measurement
New Products: December 2019 Motion Design
Actuators, Encoders, Gripping Tools, and More
Briefs: Data Acquisition
MMOD Impact Detection and Location
This system uses fiber optic strain sensing to detect and locate micrometeoroid/orbital debris.
Adhesives, flame-retardant compounds, vision measurement, and more...
With the rise in electrification and design complexity, aerospace original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) need to look for new methodologies to mitigate compliance risk.
Facility Focus: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Facility Focus: NASA John H. Glenn Research Center
Glenn's research facilities have contributed to decades of technology advances.
This method also reverse-engineers computer chips to detect the chip’s purpose.
White Papers: Defense
Design Tips for Large Plastic Reusable Containers

The standard size of a reusable plastic case would seem to preclude its use to package large, heavy items. However, just because a part is big and bulky doesn’t mean that it cannot utilize...

Undercooled metal technology was developed that features liquid metal (in this case, Field's metal, an alloy of bismuth, indium, and tin) trapped below its melting point in polished,...

In recent decades, NSF-funded researchers have discovered quite a bit, including many of the fundamental particles of matter.
A team of inventors found a fast way to join plastic to metal.
Products: Electronics & Computers
New on the Market: November 2019
3D-printing platforms, simulation software, transistors, and more.

Understanding how cars, planes, bridges, and other structures handle vibrations and dynamic loads can be critical to their design and performance. Researchers have developed a new way to...

Briefs: Wearables
Wearable Motion Sensors Measure Fetal Heartbeat

A technique was developed that could allow expectant parents to hear their baby’s heartbeat continuously at home with a non-invasive and safe device that is potentially more accurate than any fetal heartrate monitor currently available in the market.

Articles: Test & Measurement
Products of Tomorrow: November 2019

This column presents technologies that have applications in commercial areas, possibly creating the products of tomorrow. To learn more about each technology, see the contact information provided for that...

Make the best selection for your hospital, clinic, or life science organization.
LIDAR Systems, Smart Cameras, Optical Communications, and more.
Machine vision systems shed light on processes too small or too fast to see with the human eye.
Laser illumination is scaling in a new direction.

Researchers have developed a new self-calibrating endoscope that produces 3D images of objects smaller than a single cell without a lens or any optical, electrical, or...

Briefs: Test & Measurement
Software Applications for the Control and Management of the Amine Swingbed Experiment

The Swingbed software applications provide for the control, command, fault detection, fault recovery, and telemetry monitoring aspects of the Amine Swingbed experiment. These software components are the Swingbed Loader Computer Software Configuration Item...

NASA Armstrong flight-tests some of the nation’s most unique aircraft and aeronautical systems.

In the wake of recent developments that have reduced fan and jet noise contributions to overall jet-engine noise, aircraft designers are turning their attention toward reducing engine core...

Different instruments are needed to study the interaction of contact surfaces at different length scales. Tribometers measure the coefficient of friction but they...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Measuring Stickiness of Microscale Surfaces

At the scale of bridges or buildings, the most important force that engineered structures need to deal with is gravity. But at the scale of microelectro-mechanical systems (MEMS) — devices like...

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