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July 22, 2014Volume 10 Issue 28


Image - Molded Nylon Special Standard Round Spacers
Molded Nylon Special Standard Round Spacers
Micro Plastics announces a new product line of Special Standard Round Spacers. The new line of molded nylon round spacers includes over 250 sizes, with diameters of 1/8" through 1 1/2" and lengths from 1/8" to 2 3/4". These tough, resilient spacers can be used in a variety of assemblies. Useful in electronic and electrical applications, they may also be used as bushings, bearings, rollers, gliders, and bumpers. They are resistant to vibration, abrasion, and corrosion; are electrically insulating; and have a high strength-to-weight ratio.

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In this issue of Designfax

  • Wings: Bye bye antenna gimbal
  • Configure your perfect micro motor
  • Football mouthguard senses head impacts
  • Wheels: Exhaust recirc and the road to 54.5 mpg
  • Mike Likes: Ruggedized aerospace+ locking coupling
  • Engineer's Toolbox: World's smallest production V8
  • Metal bellows for semi and UHV
  • Self-clinching flush nuts for stainless steel
  • igus offers Chainflex Guarantee Program
  • Remote motor monitoring
  • Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
    • Sensors aim to help break world land speed record
    • Paper models come to 3D printing
  • Most Popular Last Issue
    • Engineers try to track a football in 3D space
    • 3D-printed honeycombs challenge balsa wood
    • Low-cost fuel injection for small motorcycles
  • New Products
    • Electrical, Mechanical, Motion
    Cover Image: SwRI wins award for exhaust recirculation tech

News

Batteries expert: Supercapacitors have potential to destroy lithium-ion battery market

New thermostat helps find happy middle between home temps and what users want to pay

New magnetic materials pump greater efficiency into electric motors

DARPA gets to work on experimental spaceplane (XS-1) designs



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Feature articles

Image - Wings: <br>Bye bye gimbal -- Agile Aperture Antenna tested on aircraft
Wings:
Bye bye gimbal -- Agile Aperture Antenna tested on aircraft

The software-defined, electronically reconfigurable Agile Aperture Antenna created by Georgia Tech researchers can change beam directions in a thousandth of a second, making a gimbal-based antenna design obsolete. Its light weight and low power requirements make it ideal for use in UAVs.
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Image - Configure your perfect micro motor solution with MICROMO's Motion System Selector
Configure your perfect micro motor solution with MICROMO's Motion System Selector
Decades ago, the FAULHABER coil paved the way for a new industry. Today, the MICROMO Motion System SelectorTM has changed the game with an unparalleled approach to online micro motion technology selection, comparison, and purchase.
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Image - Stanford bioengineers improve upon football mouthguard that senses head impacts
Stanford bioengineers improve upon football mouthguard that senses head impacts
A device developed by Stanford bioengineers could one day provide real-time measurements of the head impacts sustained by football players. The research could also help characterize the forces sustained in more common head traumas, such as car accidents and falls.
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Image - Wheels: <br>Exhaust recirculation tech and the road to 54.5 mpg
Wheels:
Exhaust recirculation tech and the road to 54.5 mpg

A new engine design that improves fuel economy and lowers exhaust emissions has received a prestigious 2014 R&D 100 Award. R&D Magazine selected Southwest Research Institute's Dedicated Exhaust Gas Recirculation (D-EGR) engine technology as one of the 100 most significant technological achievements introduced in the past year.
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Image - Mike Likes: <br>Ruggedized aerospace+ locking coupling
Mike Likes:
Ruggedized aerospace+ locking coupling

Cannon's twist-and-lock K-Lock Ultra-High-Vibration Locking Coupling System protects critical connections and drastically reduces risk of decoupling in extreme vibration and exposure environments. The system offers superior resilience to shock, vibration, and harsh environmental exposure with a design that can withstand more than 100 g of shock, 2,000 Hz of vibration, and up to 2,000 hours of exposure to salt spray. Great for space launch vehicles and aircraft -- and even ships and land vehicles.
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Image - Engineer's Toolbox: <br>World's smallest production V8 optimized with precision honing
Engineer's Toolbox:
World's smallest production V8 optimized with precision honing

Gary Conley's 30-year quest to manufacture a true production V8 engine in quarter-scale almost went up in smoke twice: once in 2001 when a foundry fire claimed all his critical molds, and later when oil smoke proved a stubborn problem during run-offs of the engine. Conley overcame the first setback with years of sheer determination. The second issue required a Sunnen MB 1660 honing machine, abrasives, and some Sunnen know-how.
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Image - Six key design factors critical to the semiconductor and UHV market
Six key design factors critical to the semiconductor and UHV market
Purity and reliability are paramount within the semiconductor and ultra-high vacuum (UHV) industries. While few product suppliers can meet the stringent requirements of this rapidly changing environment, Servometer® and its sister company BellowsTech, LLC have developed superior engineered electrodeposited and edge welded metal bellows to meet the demanding performance specifications for these applications. This paper describes in-depth the six key bellows design factors critical to the semi and UHV market.
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Image - Self-clinching flush nuts for stainless steel sheets
Self-clinching flush nuts for stainless steel sheets
New PEMSERT Type F4 self-clinching flush nuts from PennEngineering provide ideal attachment solutions for stainless steel assemblies by providing load-bearing threads in thin stainless sheets without creating any protrusions on either side. Upon their permanent installation into 300 Series stainless steel sheets as thin as .060 in./1.53 mm, both the top and bottom of the sheet will remain flat for enhanced functional and/or cosmetic qualities of an entire assembly.
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Image - igus offers Chainflex Guarantee Program
igus offers Chainflex Guarantee Program
When it comes to cables, energy supply system specialist igus® is the first and only manufacturer to provide a guarantee program for continuous-flexing cables. In the newly dubbed "Chainflex Guarantee Program," machine designers and manufacturers can receive a guarantee that goes far beyond just the basic legal conditions. igus guarantees the durability and functional safety of its cables to give machine manufacturers and plants added reliability. The aim is to provide binding statements about the durability of igus' Chainflex cables when used inside Energy Chain® cable carriers. The new guarantee club is applicable to all cataloged cables from igus.
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Image - Monitoring ring combines shaft grounding and shaft current tracking for motors in critical applications
Monitoring ring combines shaft grounding and shaft current tracking for motors in critical applications
Electro Static Technology's new AEGIS iPRO-MR Ring combines shaft voltage bearing protection with continuous monitoring of shaft voltage levels from a remote location -- all in real time. The AEGIS iPRO-MR is an AEGIS Shaft Grounding Ring and a shaft monitoring ring in one, ensuring optimum uptime and reliability of large motors and generators in critical applications. The iPRO-MR is ideal for the protection of motors in remote locations that cannot be easily monitored or maintained.
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Most popular last issue

Image - Engineers try to tackle how to track a football in 3D space
Engineers try to tackle how to track a football in 3D space
Referees may soon have a new way of determining whether a football team has scored a touchdown or gotten a first down. Researchers from North Carolina State University and Carnegie Mellon University, in collaboration with Disney Research, have developed a system that can track a football in three-dimensional space using low-frequency magnetic fields.
Read the full article.

Image - 3D-printed honeycombs challenge material performance of balsa wood
3D-printed honeycombs challenge material performance of balsa wood
Harvard researchers are giving balsa wood a run for its money. The low-tech but expensive material is used as a core material in giant wind turbine blades, among many other applications. Using a cocktail of fiber-reinforced epoxy-based thermosetting resins and 3D extrusion printing techniques, materials scientists at Harvard have developed cellular composite materials of unprecedented light weight and stiffness.
Read the full article.

Image - Wheels: <br>Slashing part counts: DENSO develops low-cost fuel-injection system for small motorcycles
Wheels:
Slashing part counts: DENSO develops low-cost fuel-injection system for small motorcycles

Global automotive supplier DENSO Corporation has developed a new electronic fuel-injection system for small motorcycles that it is real standout. It is the world's first fuel-injection system that doesn't use a throttle position sensor or engine temperature sensor.
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Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
Gems Sensors & Controls aims to help British Bloodhound break world land speed record
Gems Sensors & Controls is a proud sponsor of Bloodhound SSC, a high-technology project to design and build a car that will break the 1,000-mph barrier and set a new world land speed record. Designed and constructed in the UK, Bloodhound SSC includes three power plants -- a Rolls-Royce EJ200 jet from a Eurofighter Typhoon, a cluster of NAMMO hybrid rockets, and a 650-bhp racecar engine that drives the rocket oxidizer pump -- and pressure sensors from Gems Sensors, among its many components. Gems Sensors' John Summerfield talks about how the company's products are helping to make history. The vehicle will be officially tested in 2015 and go for the record attempt in 2016 on a dry lakebed in the South African desert.
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Neat and novel: Paper models come to 3D printing
At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2014 earlier this year, 3D-printing entrepreneur Dr. Conor MacCormack, Co-founder & CEO of Ireland-based Mcor Technologies, showed off the company's clever paper-based 3D-printing technology. That's right, the 3D phone and head models at right are made of paper! How does that work? 1. Each layer of a design is printed on a sheet of paper using high-saturation inks. 2. The stack of paper is put into the "printer," where each piece is carefully edge-glued with special adhesives and cut. 3. The model stack grows. 4. Pop your finished color model out of the precision-glued and cut stack. MacCormack says that paper-based 3D models are serious prototyping contenders, because the model cost is so low: often around 10 bucks or less a pop. Neat and novel. (Video by ElectricTV)
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