New Products: October 2017 Aerospace & Defense Technology

5-Port and 8-Port Managed Gigabit Switch

MPL AG (Dättwil Switzerland)enhances its Network Switch product range with a 5-port & 8-port managed switch with compact enclosure. The new versatile 5-port &8-port MAGBES consists of various models and can be equipped with RJ45, M12, Fiber connectors, or even with lockable headers. The eight port comes either with RJ45 or M12 connectors (X-coded or D-coded), of which four ports can be fiber optic. On the 5-port version, two ports can be fiber optic.The enclosure comes with DIN-Rail or Flange mounting. All ports have status LEDs, indicating the activity and speed of each port and can be seen externally. The indication signals can also be accessed remotely.

Posted in: Products, Aerospace

Using Thermal Simulation to Model the Effects of Wind on the Mars Curiosity Rover

The Centro de Astrobiología (CAB), a joint center of Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas and the Instituto Nacional de Tecnica Aeroespacíal (CSIC-INTA), designed and built the weather monitoring station contributed by the Spanish government as part of the payload of the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) rover, Curiosity, which landed on Mars in August 2012 (Figure 1).

Posted in: Articles, Aerospace

Thermoplastic Fuselage Demonstrator

Porcher Industries
Badinières, France
+33 (0)4 74 43 10 10

Porcher Industries, a company that specializes in technical textiles and thermoplastic composite solutions, announced that they supported STELIA Aerospace during that company's recent “ARCHES BOX TP” research project.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Defense

GaN Breaks Barriers

The increasing demand for higher data rates in telecommunications and higher resolution in industrial systems is pushing the frequency of operation higher for the electronics that support them. Many of these systems operate over a wide frequency spectrum, and further increased bandwidth requirements are a common request for new designs. Across many of these systems there is a push to use one signal chain for all frequency bands.

Posted in: Articles, Aerospace, RF & Microwave Electronics

Simulation Results Could Help Quiet Jet Noise

Argonne National Laboratory engineers are working to create high-fidelity computer simulations to determine how jet turbulence produces noise. Working on Argonne’s supercomputer Mira, the team is applying computational fluid dynamics to capture the physics of the turbulence that is making the noise.

Posted in: News, Defense, Electronics & Computers, Simulation Software

NASA Tests Multi-Material 3D-Printed Rocket Engine Part

NASA engineers tested a 3D-printed rocket engine prototype part made of two different metal alloys via an advanced manufacturing process. The part was low-pressure, hot-fire-tested more than 30 times to demonstrate the functionality of the igniter.

Posted in: News, Defense, Test & Measurement

Airline Industry Could Soar on Sugarcane Fuel

Plants Engineered to Replace Oil in Sugarcane and Sweet Sorghum (PETROSS), funded by the Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E), has developed sugarcane that produces oil, called lipidcane, that can be converted into biodiesel or jet fuel in place of sugar that is currently used for ethanol production. With 20% oil – the theoretical limit – all of the sugar in the plant would be replaced by oil.

Posted in: News, Defense, Alternative Fuels, Biomass, Renewable Energy

6 Critical Errors to Avoid in Reusable Packaging Design

Designing a reusable, durable packaging solution for your product or service is much more than picking a type of package and a size. There are many things to consider about how your product will be used, where it will be used, and who will be using it. This list of six common errors will ensure your initial design decisions put you on the path to the most cost- effective case that combines the required protection with superior usability.

Posted in: White Papers, White Papers, White Papers, Defense, Electronics, Test & Measurement

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 requirements, how will the increase impact signal integrity?

Posted in: News, News, Aviation, Data Acquisition, Defense

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 addition to the substantial improvement of tensile properties, the steel has low raw-material cost and simple industrial processing.

Posted in: News, Defense, Materials, Metals