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Materials

Unlocking the Power of Ceramic Matrix Composites

Faster, lighter, stronger, hotter – words anyone working on military product development is all too used to hearing. In a world where advanced computer modeling and simulation packages are...

Articles
RF & Microwave Electronics

Wireless Sensing — the Road to Future Digital Avionics

The performance of avionics systems is dictated by the timely availability and usage of critical health parameters. Various sensors acquire and communicate the desired parameters. In...

Articles
RF & Microwave Electronics

New RF Strategies for Software Radio

Software defined radio system engineers can now exploit new technology to perform digital signal processing much closer to the antenna than ever before. Various strategies include the latest wideband data...

Application Briefs
Communications

Tracking WiFi Signals to Passively See Through Walls

University College London (UCL) researchers are investigating passive radar technologies that can see through walls using WiFi radio waves. The novel research required a real-time, passive...

Briefs
Physical Sciences

Detecting Trace Levels of Explosives Using Vibrational Sum Frequency Spectroscopy

The threat of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) to human life is grave, and countering this threat is a high priority for force protection during military...

Briefs
Aerospace

Reduced Order Modeling for Rapid Simulation of Blast Events of a Military Ground Vehicle and its Occupants

Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) pose a significant threat to military ground vehicles and soldiers in the field. Full-system...

Briefs
Aerospace

Software Tool Enables High-Fidelity Simulation of Explosive Device Effects

High-fidelity simulation tools are used as an acceptable surrogate for real-world tests. These tools accelerate development and reduce cost, while informing weapons...

Technology Update
Aerospace

Toho Tenax Develops 'Super-Heat-Resistant' Prepreg for Engine Apps

Toho Tenax Co., Ltd. announced Nov. 6 that it has developed a new prepreg — a carbon-fiber sheet pre-impregnated with matrix resin — that offers super-high-heat and...

Technology Update
Motion Control

Sikorsky’s All-New Raider Helicopter Prototype is Ready to Fly

Sikorsky Aircraft unveiled in early October the first of two S-97 Raider lightweight tactical helicopter prototypes. In 2015 Sikorsky plans to offer the S-97 as a replacement...

Product Briefs
Electronics & Computers

Aluminum Cooling Solutions for EV Power Electronics

New aluminum cooling technology for electric and hybrid vehicles from Dana Holding Corp. uses the efficiency of aluminum in its Long brand of integrated cooling plates, designed to enhance...

Application Briefs
Electronics & Computers

Flight Critical Power Electronics

Crane Aerospace & Electronics
Lynwood, WA
425-743-8321
www.craneae.com

Crane Aerospace & Electronics, Power Solutions, will be supplying flight critical power electronics for the...

Application Briefs
Sensors/Data Acquisition

Mine-Sweeping Device

Minelab Electronics
Torrensville, Australia
61-8-8238-0888
www.minelab.com NIITEK
Dulles, VA
703-661-0283
www.niitek.com

Minelab Electronics, an Australian company known for its...

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Defense

Integrated Underwater Security System

ATLAS ELEKTRONIK UK
Winfrith Newburgh, Dorchester, UK
+44-1305-212400
www.uk.atlas-elektronik.com SIGNALIS SAS
Bezons, France
+33-1-39-96-44-44
www.signalis.com...

Products
Defense

Digitally Controlled PIN Diode Attenuator

Model A3P-68N-3 from G.T. Microwave (Randolph, NJ) is a digitally controlled PIN diode attenuator that operates from 6.0-18.0 GHz. It is capable of 32 dB range in 0.125 monotonic dB steps with a...

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Defense

1 GHz, 10 GS/s Oscilloscope

Teledyne LeCroy (Chestnut Ridge, NY) has introduced the WaveSurfer 10 oscilloscope. Offering 1 GHz and 10 GS/s, the WaveSurfer 10 combines the MAUI advanced user interface with powerful waveform processing, in...

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Electronics & Computers

Embedded Switch Fabrics

Mercury Systems, Inc. (Chelmsford, MA) has announced its Micro Via Radial Interconnect (MVRI) technology. MVRI improves OpenVPX™ switch fabric interconnect data rates by increasing the signal integrity margin...

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Defense

Data Acquisition Module

Diamond Systems Corp. (Mountain View, CA) has introduced DSMPE-DAQ0804, a rugged data acquisition PCIe MiniCard module. The DS-MPE-DAQ0804 offers eight 16-bit analog input channels, four 16-bit analog output channels,...

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Electronics & Computers

VPX Single Board Computer

GE Intelligent Platforms (Charlottesville, VA) has announced the SBC626 rugged 6U VPX single board computer (SBC). The technology features the quad-core 4th generation Intel ®Core™ i7 processor...

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Defense

Digital Input Board

United Electronic Industries (UEI) (Walpole, MA) has released the DNx-DIO-449, 48 channel, digital input board. The board is compatible with all of UEI’s popular Cube, RACKtangle and FlatRACK chassis. Features include:...

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Photonics/Optics

Selective Laser Sintering System

3D Systems has developed its fastest fab-grade selective laser sintering (SLS) system yet, the ProX 500 Plus. Building upon last year’s ProX 500 release, the ProX 500 Plus continues the company’s efforts...

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Defense

Dome-Loaded Pressure Regulator

WITT-Gasetechnik’s dome-loaded pressure regulator is impervious to system pressure and withdrawal fluctuations. A design modification to the integrated control pressure regulator ensures an almost complete compensation of supply pressure and outlet fluctuations. Thus, users can rely on constant conditions in the...

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Software

Simulation Software

AVX has released a new version of its SpiCalci simulation software, an engineering tool that calculates performance characteristics and parameters for its switch mode power supply (SMPS) capacitors. Featuring new products, enhanced parts selection and graphing tools, and broader compatibility, the software calculates...

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Automotive

2015 F-150 Aluminum Body Creates Challenge for Auto Body Shops

Aluminum panels for automotive application are nothing new. They've been used for hoods and decklids for many years, particularly when an automaker needed to shave a few...

Products
Defense

Laser Measurement

Ophir Photonics’ 1000WP-BB-34 high-power water cooled thermal sensor is designed with the requirement that all materials coming in contact with the cooling water are either copper or nonmetallic. This eliminates the possibility of contaminating the water or corroding the sensor, improving the accuracy and reliability of the...

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Imaging

Magnetic Field Lines Made Visible in 3-D and Real Time

Scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute have developed a high-resolution magnetic line camera to measure magnetic fields in real time, which is particularly useful for quality assurance...

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Energy

MIT Provides Yeast a Different Environment for Ethanol Tolerance

Ethanol and other alcohols can disrupt yeast cell membranes, eventually killing the cells. In research funded by the MIT Energy Initiative and the U.S. Department of Energy, researchers at MIT and the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research found that adding potassium and...

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Aerospace

'Reman' Engine Market Steady, but Complexity Challenges Production Efficiency

High-tech design causes time to remanufacture engines to nearly triple and adds to cost, while used engines remain a competitive factor. However, Purdue University data shows remanufacturing is far more energy efficient than installing a new powerplant. Read more at...

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Energy

Going Off-Road With Hard-Carbon Lithium-Ion Battery Technology

EnerDel’s second-generation Mobile Hybrid Power System (MHPS) was delivered in May to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Research and Development Center in Champaign, IL. It...

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RF & Microwave Electronics

High-Current Chokes for 48-V Systems

TDK Corp.’s BCEM series of EPCOS high-current chokes are designed specifically for buck-boost converters in 48-v automotive power systems. These surface-mount device (SMD) inductors have very compact...

Technology Report
Software

3-D Tools Help Development Teams Collaborate

Design and manufacturing challenges are becoming more complex and multi-dimensional, prompting design teams to expand their efforts to collaborate. This change is being aided by a shift to 3-D...

Technology Report
RF & Microwave Electronics

FCEVs and Hydrogen Strategies Target 2017

Automakers typically use the annual Los Angeles Auto Show to showcase their environmental technologies to officials of the California Air Resources Board, perhaps the world’s toughest emissions...

News
RF & Microwave Electronics

LIN Family for In-Vehicle Networking

Atmel Corp.’s next-generation family of local interconnect network (LIN) transceivers, system basis chips, and voltage regulators are suitable for automotive body, powertrain, infotainment sensor, and...

Product Briefs
Software

Book Focuses on Use of CAE in Analysis of Automotive Composites

"CAE Design and Failure Analysis of Automotive Composites," a new book from SAE International, offers 12 technical papers covering three main areas of expertise, including...

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Electronics & Computers

Electric Vehicle Interface Controller

Andromeda Interfaces’ electric vehicle interface controller (EVIC) is a fully integrated display device to monitor the operation and safety of an electric vehicle’s major subsystems. EVIC...

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Power

Argonne, Convergent, and Cummins Team up to Simulate Fuel Injectors

Argonne National Laboratory announced that Cummins, Convergent Science Inc. (CSI), and Argonne’s Virtual Engine Research Institute and Fuels Initiative (VERIFI)...

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Test & Measurement

Measurement Software Update

PC-DMIS 2014.1 from Hexagon Metrology is a significant update of measurement software used for the collection, evaluation, management, and presentation of manufacturing data. The company’s new midterm software...

Product Briefs
RF & Microwave Electronics

Actuator Sensor Manipulation Box

With the actuator sensor manipulation (ASM) box, FEV Group provides a powerful tool for manipulation of the signal exchange between actuators and an engine control unit. The ASM box allows the generation of...

Product Briefs
Automotive

Glycol Quenching Heat Treating

Al-Fe Heat Treating adds glycol quenching to its aluminum heat treat services for the military, automotive, and aerospace industries. Glycol quenching improves over traditional heat treating by allowing for...

Original Equipment
Transportation

Caterpillar Updates Its D7E Diesel-Electric Dozer

After first appearing on jobsites in 2009, Caterpillar’s latest D7E dozers feature three new “productivity boosting” dozing features for optimized performance during grading...

Technical Innovation
Automotive

Flexible, ‘Invisible’ Assembly Lines Gain Popularity

Interest in automated guided vehicles (AGVs) to convey product from one station to another on the plant floor assembly line continues to grow as manufacturers look for greater...

News
Software

University of Wisconsin Researchers Develop Mobility Analysis Tool for Military Applications

Despite the integral role that off-road vehicles play in combat and military operations, researchers do not currently have the ability to...

News
Data Acquisition

Amplifier Modules

HBM has introduced three new amplifier modules for its SomatXR data acquisition system. The SomatXR MX1615B-R amplifier has 16 individually configurable inputs for potentiometric sensors, PT 100 temperature sensors, or...

News
Propulsion

Volvo Penta Talks Tier 4 Trends

Urban Larsson, Head of Product Development at Volvo Penta, has been at the company for 30 years and worked with its complete product range, including the journey along all the global emissions Tier...

Technical Innovation
Energy

Rexroth Releases New Flow-Sharing Valve for Mini Excavators

Bosch Rexroth took advantage of bauma China to launch a new size for its RS valve platform, the RS15, which the company says was in reaction to an “upwards spiral” in the...

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Power

Cadillac Engineers a 'Bi-Modal' 200-Mph CTS-V

To hear Tony Roma explain it, there’s an art in developing a big-power performance sedan that’s capable of shredding lap records at the local road course, then picking up the kids from...

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Transportation

Mercedes-Benz Melds SUV and Coupe Styling for GLE Coupe

When is an SUV not an SUV? When it’s the new Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe, a question and answer that could equally apply to BMW with its M6, and an indication of a global trend...

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Automotive

High-Performance PEKK-Based 3-D Printing a First

Oxford Performance Materials Inc. (OPM) launched in December the first two grades of its OXFAB 3-D printing technology—OXFAB-N and OXFAB-ESD—suitable for aerospace and other industrial...

Technical Innovation
RF & Microwave Electronics

Switches Under Pressure?

The switch isn’t dead.

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

Old Is New in Powertrain Laser Welding

Using lasers is often the best choice for welding, especially in precision parts where weight is a premium, such as in powertrain and engine components. Why? Given a proper fit-up, manufacturers can...

Products
Motion Control

Motor Driver ICs

Toshiba America Electronic Components (San Jose, CA) offers four motor driver ICs, ranging from precision stepper motor drivers to sensorless brushless DC motor drivers. The TB67S269FTG bipolar stepping motor driver has a...

News
Manufacturing & Prototyping

The Off-Highway System

In a speech given in late February, Samuel R. Allen, Chairman & CEO of Deere & Co., had some good words for 2014, and some cautious words for 2015.

Articles
Aerospace

Advancing the Use of Beryllium Bearing Materials for Unmanned Platforms

Aerospace and defense platforms are often regarded as the earliest adopters of new materials and processes technologies. Materials test programs provide validations of...

Articles
Software

Testing Reality in an Increasingly Complex Design Space

The universal adoption of digital 3-D design tools has truly changed forever the way that advanced products are created, from original concept studies, development, testing, and...

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Software

Engine System Analysis

Software Cradle Co. Ltd. has announced that its SC/Tetra Version 12, scheduled for release in June 2015, will introduce several new features including the coupling of SC/Tetra CFD software with Gamma Technologies’...

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Automotive

In-Cylinder Gas Analysis

LaVision’s internal combustion optical sensor (ICOS) product family provides a series of techniques for the measurement of quantitative, in-cylinder, transient engine-relevant values such as air/fuel-ratio, temperature, or the exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) rate. Systems are applicable in gasoline or diesel...

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RF & Microwave Electronics

Media Converter

Intrepid Control Systems offers a rugged, pocket-sized RAD-Moon media converter that interfaces conventional Ethernet with BroadR-Reach. Powered by USB, the device allows communication between a PC and an automotive Ethernet...

News
Software

Aftertreatment System

To achieve Tier and Euro emissions compliance with minimal impact on efficiency, system size, and maintenance, Convergent Science has developed an aftertreatment simulation approach for on- and off-road urea/selective...

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Automotive

Heat-Resistant Steel Casting

Hitachi Metals offers Hercunite-S heat-resistant steel casting for exhaust systems to improve fuel economy and reduce CO2 emissions. With increasing demand for heat-resistant casting that withstands...

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Communications

Army Equips Stryker Unit With New Communications Technology

The Army's Stryker vehicle, designed to quickly move soldiers into a combat zone, is swift and mobile. Now its communications equipment will be, too.

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Defense

Smaller Lidars Could Let UAVs Conduct Underwater Scans

Bathymetric lidars – devices that employ powerful lasers to scan beneath the water's surface – are frequently used to map coastal waters. At nearly 600 pounds, the systems are large,...

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Defense

New Device Measures How Birds Take Flight

It's quite easy to look at a bird and deduce that it flies by flapping its wings, but understanding exactly how a bird generates lift has long eluded scientists. Now engineers at Stanford have...

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Defense

Counterfeit Electronic Parts: Manufacture of and Avoidance

If a counterfeit electronic part is installed in critical technology such as aircraft, spacecraft, or missiles, the consequences can be quite drastic. The equipment or the...

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Green Design & Manufacturing

Propulsion Technology Could Combat Flight Pollution

A breakthrough propulsion technology to provide greener air transport could be developed after the underlying engineering was declared a success. Six universities and two research...

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Aerospace

Mini Models Fire Up to Test Space Launch System

NASA is working with CUBRC Inc. of Buffalo, NY to design, build, and test 2% scale models of the Space Launch System (SLS) propulsion system. Models include two five-segment solid rocket...

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Aerospace

UAVs to Play Critical Role in Precision Agriculture

Researchers are investigating how unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) can be used commercially in agriculture. Their size, cost and capabilities make UAVs useful for a wide range of jobs....