February 2014

Regulatory authorities in Germany decided to develop a new aircraft category called volocopter to accommodate the new 18-motor VC200. Read more at http://articles.sae.org/12585.

News: Defense
Canadian researchers employ recycled carbon-fiber mats to produce thermoset composites

Carbon-fiber-reinforced thermoset composites continue to be difficult to recycle, as they are a complex mixture of different materials such as thermosetting polymers, carbon fibers, and fillers. Researchers from the Universite Du Quebec at Montreal, Bell...

News: Aerospace
Overcoming design challenges of next-generation UASs

Next-generation unmanned air systems will require more performance and must integrate increasing capabilities for guidance control, weaponry, and surveillance—all in a very limited space. Read more at http://articles.sae.org/12546.

News: Aerospace
Heated air technology helps optimize CFRP assembly

Assembly of large and complex carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) components requires the use of liquid resin-based materials for applications such as shimming and aerodynamic sealing. These materials generally require curing times up to 12 h; heated air technology can reduce that time to 2...

News: Defense
A holistic approach to aircraft assembly

It is the "automation and tooling partner" who offers a performance-based and advanced manufacturing systems integration approach that offers the next step-change, say Bombardier Aerospace and AIP Aerospace Odyssey. Read more at http://articles.sae.org/12568.

Products: Aerospace
Signal AHPEC Platform

GE Intelligent Platforms (Waltham, MA) has announced the DSP281, a rugged, dual-node, quad-core 6U OpenVPX High Performance Embedded Computing (HPEC) deployed server platform. GE’s HPEC architecture scales from one to...

Products: Defense
Upmast Radar System

Kelvin Hughes (Enfield, UK) offers a carbon composite housing for its SharpEye™ radar system. With coherent transmission and Doppler processing, the system separates targets from clutter, resulting in greatly improved...

Texas Instruments (Dallas, TX) unveiled an inductance-to-digital converter (LDC), a new data converter category that uses coils and springs as inductive sensors. Inductive sensing measures the position,...

Products: Aerospace
COTS Benchtop SDSI

The LibertyGT™ 1200B from RADX Technologies (San Diego, CA) combines RADX real-time measurement science software and firmware with NI PXI modules and NI LabVIEW system design software. The 1200B, a programmable benchtop...

TECA Corporation (Chicago, IL) offers a flush-mounted thermoelectric air conditioner. For enclosures with limited space, flush-mounted air conditioners provide cooling without physical intrusion into the...

Products: Defense
Printer Interface Unit

Sabtech (Yorba Linda, CA) has announced its new Printer Interface Unit™ (PIU). The technology allows any commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) printer to be used in place of a militarized PT-540 or compatible printer....

TE Connectivity (Harrisburg, PA) has released the new VITA 66.1 Ruggedized Optical Backplane interconnect system. The optical system is offered in both a receptacle (backplane) and mating plug...

Products: Aerospace
Graphics Display Module

Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions (Ashburn, VA) has introduced a new embedded graphics module, the VPX3-716 3U OpenVPX™ six-head graphics display card. The module is designed for use on deployed airborne and...

Products: Aerospace
Rackmount Recorders

Pentek (Upper Saddle River, NJ) has introduced the Model RTR 2728 rugged portable and the Model RTR 2748 rugged rackmount recorders. SSD (solid state drive) storage technology achieves aggregate recording and playback...

Products: Defense
Interconnect Solutions

Molex (Lisle, IL) manufactures a variety of interconnect solutions for the aerospace and defense industry. Their high performance cable assemblies include a range of RF/Microwave cable assemblies utilizing Temp-Flex®...

Products: Aerospace
Shielded twisted pair cables

W. L. Gore & Associates’ Shielded Twisted Pair Cables reduce weight while maintaining reliable signal integrity. The cables meet ANSI/NEMA WC27500 standards for aerospace and industrial electrical cable,...

Products: Aerospace
Atomic force microscopy imaging

Asylum Research’s blueDrive photothermal excitation is available on its Cypher atomic force microscopes. blueDrive makes tapping mode imaging simple, stable, and accurate. It replaces the conventional piezoacoustic excitation mechanism, instead using a blue laser to directly excite the AFM cantilever...

Products: Aerospace
Two-component electrically conductive epoxy

Two-component electrically conductive epoxy Made with silver-coated nickel filler, Master Bond EP79FL is a two-part, electrically conductive epoxy for bonding, sealing, and coating applications. It has a low-volume resistivity of less than 0.005 ohm-cm and is suitable for applications in the...

Products: Aerospace
Custom dial face designs

Palmer Wahl Instrumentation Group's custom dial faces—its BiMetal and Direct Drive Dial thermometers, as well as its pressure gauges with screw-on bezels—may be customized, no matter the dial size. Customers may submit their own ideas and artwork, or they may work with the firm’s in-house engineering services to...

Articles: Aerospace
Electronics Take Charge

Electronic controls are slowly transforming aircraft engines of all types, bringing improved fuel consumption, improved efficiency, and more power. As the functionality of control units for jet engines increases,...

Modern electronic devices and computing equipment are often integrated with wireless capabilities which utilize multi-bands for high speed communication, as well as...

Pumped two-phase cooling provides a compact, low pumping power option for thermal management in high heat flux applications (300-500W/cm2). Compared to...

With the implementation of major aircraft structures fabricated from carbon fiber reinforced plastic materials, lightning protection has become a more complicated...

Communication is key to just about any endeavor. NASA’s ability to update and modify communication capabilities to reflect the latest upgrades without impacts to mission time...

In 2008, 4RF Communications started development of a new range of radio products to augment their existing point-to-point, long-range wireless link product....

Charles River Analytics
Cambridge, MA
617-491-3474
www.cra.com

Reducing combat fatalities demands quick and effective emergency care on the battlefield, and all soldiers...

Application Briefs: Aerospace
Tactical Fighting System Simulator
Environmental Tectonics Corporation
Southampton, PA
215-355-9100
www.etcusa.com

Most fighter aircraft simulators are fixed-base, with no motion or sustained G-capability. Even those with...

Application Briefs: Aerospace
Ultra-Light Prototype Vehicle
U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC)
Warren, MI
586-215-8763
tardec.army.mil

At the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering...

Application Briefs: Defense
Electro-Optical Boresight Weapon System
Senso Optics
Yokneam, Israel
+972-4-993-5527
www.senso-optics.com

The combat effectiveness of a weapon system depends substantially on its hit probability. The most accurate aiming occurs when an optical device is aligned to the weapon’s bore centerline.

With airlines increasingly directing their attention to operating costs and environmental initiatives, the More Electric Architecture for Aircraft...

The goal of this work was to investigate the concept of using harvested energy to directly control the vibration response of flexible aerospace systems. Small, lightweight, flexible...

Briefs: Physical Sciences
Cascading Failures in Coupled Distributed Power Grids and Communication Networks

Emerging distributed power grid systems will integrate tightly coupled networks, namely a power grid and a communication network, to provide distributed power monitoring and control. While distributing power monitoring and control away from a central site enhances...

In addition to providing thrust, the engines on conventional civil jet airliners generate power for onboard systems and ancillary loads in the form of pneumatic, hydraulic, and...

More than 1200 large-diameter (up to ¾-in) holes must be drilled into titanium/ carbon stacks for the side-of-body joint on a particular Boeing commercial aircraft fuselage....

In the case of composite materials, material properties are vastly dependent on the manufacturing process. While shifting the manufacturing process of a composite part from preimpregnated...

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