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Energy

Nanotube Yarns Generate Electricity When Stretched

Scientists at The University of Texas at Dallas and South Korea’s Hanyang University have developed tiny, high-tech yarns that generate electricity when stretched or twisted. The...

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Propulsion

Beleaguered Diesel Could Use a Break—or a Breakthrough

Start talking car-business “big-picture” with engineers and once you hash out autonomy for the thousandth time, the discussion invariably comes to diesel. Is diesel...

News

Tenneco Readies New Semi-Active Digital Suspension for 2020

One enduring challenge of work-truck engineering is how to make the vehicles ride and drive comfortably when unloaded without diminishing their vital hauling and towing...

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Aerospace

Radiation Tolerant “Smart Backplanes” for Spacecraft Avionics

In recent years there has been a trend towards the wider use of COTS (Commercial Off The Shelf) equipment in space missions. This trend has been mainly driven by the...

Application Briefs
Defense

Torpedo Transducer Array/Nose Shell Assembly

Northrop Grumman Corporation
Falls Church, VA
703-280-2900
www.northropgrumman.com

The U.S. Navy recently awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation a $9.6 million contract, with...

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RF & Microwave Electronics

On-Orbit Satellite Refueling Flow Measurement

Over 7000 satellites have been placed in Earth-orbit since the beginning of the space age. 3000 are currently in orbit, of which 1000 are active, making our near space neighborhood a...

Briefs
Materials

Hydrodynamic Drag Force Measurement of a Functionalized Surface Exhibiting Superhydrophobic Properties

With superhydrophobic properties being extended to a variety of metallic substrates through the process of ablation due to femto-second...

Products
Aerospace

New Products

Measurement Software

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence (North Kingstown, RI) has launched PC-DMIS 2017 R2, the latest edition of their popular measurement software. This is the second of two major releases scheduled...

Application Briefs
Photonics/Optics

Missile Test System

Marvin Test Solutions
Irvine, CA
949-263-2222
www.MarvinTest.com

The Indonesian Air Force recently selected Marvin Test Solutions’ MTS-206A Maverick Field Test Set and MTS-916-3 Modular Target Simulator...

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RF & Microwave Electronics

NASA Miniaturizes Century-Old Radio Sounder Technology

A century-old technology that scientists use to probe the ionosphere — the important atmospheric layer that can interfere with the transmission of radio waves — is getting...

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Photonics/Optics

High-Power Broadband Multispectral Source on a Hybrid Silicon Chip

For applications in manufacturing, remote sensing, medicine, military, and fundamental science, an ideal laser would have high output power and a diffraction-limited beam....

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Aerospace

Eliminating Electrical Arcing in Satellite Systems

In 1995, Boeing Satellite Systems introduced a new family of communication satellite buses, with bodies that contain power, control, and propulsion systems. They used a high-voltage bus...

Briefs
Photonics/Optics

Stimulated Brillouin Scattering (SBS) Suppression and Long Delivery Fibers at the Multikilowatt Level with Chirped Seed Lasers

One obstacle in the scaling of high-power fiber lasers arises because of nonlinear effects (e.g., stimulated...

Briefs
Photonics/Optics

Erbium Doped GaN Lasers by Optical Pumping

The main objective of this research was to construct an optical pump system that would allow the study of Er:GaN materials under 980 nm resonant excitation to be carried out. The results obtained...

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Defense

F-16 Upgrades

Saft
Levallois-Peret, France
+33 1 58 63 16 00
www.saftbatteries.com

Saft was recently selected by Aero Vodochody Aerospace, a leading designer and manufacturer of military and civilian aircraft, for engine...

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Photonics/Optics

New Class of Excimer-Pumped Atomic Lasers (XPALS)

The focus of this research program was the investigation of XPAL properties, and new pumping schemes, as well as modeling, and measuring critical photoionization and excited state-excited...

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Aerospace

Using Heat Pipes to Cool Embedded Computers

Heat pipes are a well-known thermal management solution used in computing applications. Nearly all laptop computers contain some number of heat pipes to effectively remove heat from heat generating...

Product Briefs
Propulsion

Oil Change Valve

Global Sales Group (Redmond, WA) offers a new and improved EZ Oil Drain Valve with optional hose connectors that can replace an existing drain plug for fast, clean and easy oil changes. According to the company, there is no...

Application Briefs
Defense

500 Gallon LOX Trailers

Essex Industries, Inc.
St. Louis, MO
314-832-4500
www.essexindustries.com

Essex Industries recently received an order from the United States Air Force for 500 Gallon LOX Trailers. Shipment of the 32...

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Aerospace

Developing an Airborne Optical Systems Testbed (AOSTB)

The United States shares 5,525 miles of land border with Canada, and 1,989 miles with Mexico. Monitoring these borders, which is the responsibility of U.S. Customs and Border Protection...

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Photonics/Optics

Electronically Dimmable Aircraft Windows

That was the challenge posed to Gentex by Boeing. Window shades typically do the job on an airplane, but they’re cumbersome to operate, expensive to maintain, and do little to reflect the...

Technology Report
RF & Microwave Electronics

GKN Using Modular Control Algorithms for Added Systems’ Integration

At its Lohmar, Germany, R&D facility, GKN Driveline is creating modular control algorithms for new applications including integration of drivetrain software into a...

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Automotive

Jaguar's 2018 E-Pace Shares Land Rover Bones

Jaguar revealed its all-new compact, 5-seat SUV on 13 July in London. The 2018 E-Pace joins its larger F-Pace cousin to take the company further into SUV territory. And it is also the first...

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Sensors/Data Acquisition

Brake Pad Development Tool

The ITT Smart Pad is a brake pad technology concept from ITT Inc. (Lainate, Italy) that offers an approach to friction designed to empower the entire brake system with real-time data. Sensors embedded in every...

INSIDER
Aerospace

NASA and Industry Take Next Step Toward X-Plane

Four companies were awarded contracts to come up with five configurations on paper that met very specific operational criteria for NASA’s next commercial X-plane aircraft.

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Green Design & Manufacturing

Methane-Powered Concept Tractor from New Holland Trims Emissions, Operating Costs

New Holland Agriculture is ramping up its focus on vehicles that burn alternative fuels, unveiling the prototype for a methane-powered tractor set for...

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Electronics & Computers

Legacy Semiconductor Test Systems

The MTEK Subsystem (Marvin Test Expansion Kit) from Marvin Test Solutions (MTS), Inc. (Irvine, CA) adds test capabilities to legacy semiconductor test systems that lack the ability to meet the test...

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RF & Microwave Electronics

Distribution Block

Designed with ports for Deutsch connectors, Murrelektronik's (Suwanee, GA) new xtreme DB distribution block provides up to three times the current-carrying capacity compared to blocks of similar size, along with design efficiencies that will help to transform the way control systems are developed by heavy-duty vehicle...

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Electronics & Computers

14-Mm Mount Panel LED

The 14-mm mount CL series panel LED from Wilbrecht LEDCO, Inc. (St. Paul, MN) incorporates a 10-mm LED available in red, green, yellow, blue and bicolor options. Pre-wired with internal resistors, the indicators can be...

Product Briefs
Test & Measurement

Portable Combination Measuring Instrument

The Yokogawa (Amersfoort, the Netherlands) DL350 ScopeCorder is a compact, fully portable measuring instrument available for capturing, displaying, recording and analyzing a wide variety of...

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Aerospace

Production-Grade 3D Printing

Proto Labs (Maple Plain, MN) features Multi Jet Fusion as part of its suite of 3D printing technologies. The production-grade 3D printing technology, developed by HP, builds fully functional plastic prototypes...

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Electronics & Computers

Researchers Print the Unprintable: Kapton

Kapton, a material used in electronics and aerospace applications, has only been available in sheet form. Researchers from Virginia Tech have found a way to 3D-print a polymer with Kapton's...

Technical Innovation
Propulsion

Nikola CEO: Fuel-Cell Class 8 Truck on Track for 2021

Stressing that Nikola Motor’s primary intent is to eliminate emissions related to Class 8 over-the-road trucking, company president and CEO Trevor Milton confirmed at a technology...

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Green Design & Manufacturing

GM's 10 Steps to a Quiet New Pass-Car Diesel

When Volkswagen fell afoul of U.S. and European emissions rules, it effectively stripped the U.S. car market of small turbodiesels for passenger vehicles. While Mazda...

INSIDER
Defense

Energized Fabrics Could Keep Soldiers Warm in Frigid Climates

Soldiering in arctic conditions is tough. Protective clothing can be heavy and cause overheating and sweating upon exertion. And hands and feet can grow numb despite wearing...

INSIDER
Sensors/Data Acquisition

Experimental Box Could Track Nuclear Activity by Rogue Nations

Researchers at the Virginia Tech College of Science are carrying out a research project at Dominion Power’s North Anna Nuclear Generating Station in Virginia that could...

INSIDER
Green Design & Manufacturing

Army 3-D Prints a Building

The Construction Engineering Research Laboratory in Champaign, Illinois, has successfully three-dimensionally printed a 512 square-foot concrete structure. The structure, called a barracks hut or B-Hut, was...

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Propulsion

PACCAR Launches Lightest Heavy-Duty Automated Transmission for On-Highway CVs

PACCAR has announced a new 12-speed automated transmission (AT) and column-mounted shifter to improve fuel economy and driver ergonomics in Peterbilt and...

Original Equipment
Propulsion

Volvo CE Sees Major Efficiency Gain from Hybrid-Electric Wheel Loader

Volvo Construction Equipment partnered with Waste Management (WM), the California Energy Commission and CALSTART to put its LX1 prototype electric hybrid wheel loader...

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Materials

Heavy-Duty V-Profile Clamps

Heavy-duty v-profile clamps from Oetiker (Marlette, MI) operate reliably and safely under extreme conditions of stress, vibration, corrosion and temperature variation. According to the company, the v-profile...

Technology Report
RF & Microwave Electronics

U.S. Dept. of Transportation Issues New Autonomous-Vehicle Guidelines

It’s only a suggestion, the U.S. Dept. of Transportation and its National Highway Traffic Safety Admin. said, but it’s what the auto and tech industries have been...

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Test & Measurement

Ford, Virginia Tech Partner to Develop Common Visual Communications Interface for Autonomous Vehicles

Looking to prepare for the eventual reality of an autonomous-vehicle future, Ford partnered with Virginia Tech Transportation Institute...

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Motion Control

Eaton Solves Nuisance Problems with Electrohydraulic Solutions

Hysteresis is a common shortcoming in applying fluid power products to industrial and mobile equipment. It is frequently unreported due to a lack of a cost-effective option...

INSIDER
Test & Measurement

Green Aerospace Test Uses No Explosives

Sandia National Laboratories has successfully demonstrated a new, more environmentally friendly method to test a rocket part to ensure its avionics can withstand the shock from stage separation...

INSIDER
Aerospace

Air Traffic Management Tool Wins NASA Software of the Year

When planes get caught in traffic, pilots have to keep flying until the backup clears and their runways become available for landing. This means that air traffic controllers must...

INSIDER
Materials

Strong and Stretchable “Super Steel”

In aerospace applications of materials, increasing strength often leads to a decrease in ductility. Engineers have developed a Super Steel that addresses this strength-ductility tradeoff. In...

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Aerospace

Pin Fin Heat Sinks

Advanced Thermal Solutions, Inc.’s (ATS) (Norwood, MA) family of Pin Fin heat sinks is designed as cost-effective solutions for systems with adequate airflow. The high aspect ratio design enables ATS Pin Fin heat sinks...

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Propulsion

ICE Breaker!

One of the most significant developments in internal combustion engine (ICE) technology for decades, Mazda’s innovative Skyactiv-X Spark Controlled Compression Ignition (SpCCI) combustion system is slated for production in...

News
Aerospace

Sound-Off: With High-Speed Data, How Important is Signal Integrity?

Modern avionics are highly dependent on reliable connectivity — and reliable interconnection systems. As data rates inevitably improve to address greater military...

What's Online
Manned Systems

Daimler Trucks Launches First All-Electric Truck in Series Production

Daimler Trucks’ Mitsubishi FUSO Truck and Bus Corp. (MFTBC) launched the world’s first series-produced all-electric light-duty truck, the FUSO eCanter, in New York...

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RF & Microwave Electronics

Level 3 Automation Not Attractive for Trucks

In his opening keynote address at SAE COMVEC 17 on Sept. 18, Dr. Johannes-Joerg Rueger, President, Commercial Vehicle and Off-Road, Robert Bosch GmbH, noted that a fully autonomous vehicle would...

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Electronics & Computers

Delphi Adds to Autonomy Arsenal

Strengthening its credentials as a go-to supplier for full-capability automated-driving systems, Delphi announced a minority-stake investment in and commercial partnership agreement with Innoviz...

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RF & Microwave Electronics

Deep Learning How to Drive

Learning to drive as a teen is a rite of passage, my own experiences indelibly marked in my brain. But the “brain” learning to drive in the future won’t be blowing out sixteen candles, if Nvidia has its...

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Energy

Driverless Cars and Freeway Traffic Flow

The integration of driverless cars onto multilane freeways brings challenges for vehicle and infrastructure planners, not the least of which is ever increasing congestion. The threshold for...

Technology Report
Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Venturi Effect Powers Dayco's New Brake-Assist System

A unique twist on a basics physics principle provides a fuel efficiency boost to more than 188,000 full-size pickup trucks fitted with the innovative brake-assist technology, known as...

The Navigator
Design

Time for Standard Naming of Safety Features

Smart cruise control. Intelligent cruise control. Adaptive cruise control. Radar speed control. As The Bard wrote so long ago, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” Sadly that...

Supplier Eye
Power

The Future on Stage at Frankfurt

Sourcing decisions are being based on demand for electrification and capability to attain SAE Levels 4 and 5 autonomy.

Technology Report
Materials

Federal-Mogul Reveals Cool Solutions for Downsized Engines

At the 2017 IAA motor show in Frankfurt, Federal-Mogul Powertrain plans to reveal advances aimed at cooling the valves of downsized boosted engines via...

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RF & Microwave Electronics

Voltage Spike at 2017 Frankfurt Auto Show

Judging by the wares on display at September’s 2017 Frankfurt auto show, electrification suddenly is the watchword in Germany—or the watchword, at least, for some indeterminate date in the...

News
RF & Microwave Electronics

Continental Unveils New 3D Display Cluster

Continental is developing its innovative 3D instrument display cluster with the aim of bringing it to production within the next 24-36 months. The display, previewed by Automotive Engineering at...

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Green Design & Manufacturing

Cadillac Plugs in CT6 for High-Value Efficiency

The badge on the decklid reads ‘2.0E’, with no giveaway that the 2018 Cadillac CT6 we’re driving is a plug-in hybrid. Perhaps a more appropriate nameplate should be CT6 NEV, because...

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Transportation

Ford F-150 Raptor

The wild-child Raptor is a halo model if there ever was one. It generates equal giddiness across a surprisingly broad demographic—and simultaneously demonstrates Ford knows the buttons to push to pump up the volume...

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Transportation

Hyundai Elantra Sport

It’s become a rarity for automakers to put manual-transmission models in their press-evaluation fleets, but the Elantra Sport’s direct (if light) lever action and skillfully-weighted clutch pedal made it all the...

Editorial
Green Design & Manufacturing

EVs Lack a Robust Charging Grid

The flames lit up the sky when the electric-power substation in my town blew up one night last August. TV news had it covered: A transformer at the Detroit Edison site had exploded, immediately knocking...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

Polyether Polyols

BASF (Ludwigshafen, Germany) offers an improved process for manufacturing Lupranol (polyether polyol) so that car components made of BASF polyurethane systems emit an average of 20% less aldehyde. The company says this...