Mechanical Components

Making Airplane Parts Without the Massive Infrastructure

A modern airplane’s fuselage is made from multiple sheets of different composite materials that must be wheeled into warehouse-sized ovens where the layers fuse together to form a resilient, aerodynamic shell.

Posted in: INSIDER, Defense, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Composites, Materials, Metals, Fastening, Joining & Assembly, Nanotechnology
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Molecular Engineering for Mechanically Resilient and Stretchable Electronic Polymers and Composites

The ability to predict the mechanical properties of organic semiconductors is of critical importance for roll-to-roll production and thermomechanical reliability of organic electronic devices. This research describes the use of coarse-grained molecular dynamics simulations to predict the density, tensile modulus, Poisson ratio, and glass transition temperature for poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) and its blend with C60. In particular, it is shown that the resolution of the coarse-grained model has a strong effect on the predicted properties.

Posted in: Briefs, Aerospace, Defense, Electronic Components, Electronics, Electronics & Computers, Composites, Materials, Mechanical Components, Semiconductors & ICs
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Reducing the High Cost Of Titanium

With such great abundance, why is titanium so expensive?
Posted in: Articles, Aerospace, Defense, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Materials, Metals, Machinery, Mechanical Components
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Engineered Solutions for Enclosure Sealing and Insulation

Custom enclosure gaskets can meet a variety of mechanical shock and thermal requirements.
Posted in: Articles, Aerospace, Defense, Electronic Components, Electronics, Electronics & Computers, Thermal Management, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Coatings & Adhesives, Materials, Joining & Assembly, Mechanical Components, Data Acquisition, Sensors
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Electrodeposition of Metal Matrix Composites and Materials Characterization for Thin-Film Solar Cells

Metal matrix composites can electrically bridge the cracks that appear in semiconductor substrates and the composite grid lines.
Posted in: Briefs, Aerospace, Solar Power, Composites, Materials, Metals, Mechanical Components, Semiconductors & ICs
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New Products: December 2019 Aerospace & Defense Technology

Metal 3D Printers, Dispensing Robots, Resistance Spot Welding, and More
Posted in: Products, Aerospace, Board-Level Electronics, Electronic Components, Electronics, Electronics & Computers, Power Management, Power Supplies, 3 D Printing & Additive Manufacturing, Custom & Contract Manufacturing, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Rapid Prototyping & Tooling, Materials, Metals, Machinery, Mechanical Components, Robotics
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New Manufacturing Process for Monocoque Components

A new process enables large monocoque components to more accurately retain their shape after cooling.
Posted in: Articles, Aerospace Manufacturing and Machining, Aerospace, Electronic Components, Electronics, Electronics & Computers, Thermal Management, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Materials, Plastics, Joining & Assembly, Mechanical Components
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The Three Rs of Analog Position Sensor-Based Mechanical Measurements

Learn about Repeatability, Resolution, and Response.
Posted in: Articles, Aerospace Manufacturing and Machining, Coatings & Adhesives, Mechanical Components, Positioning Equipment, Sensors, Instrumentation, Measuring Instruments, Metrology, Test & Measurement, Testing Procedures
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Changing How the Aerospace Industry Makes Parts

Today's technology must increase production rates and part quality, while reducing setup times and costs.
Posted in: Articles, Aerospace Manufacturing and Machining, Aeronautics, Aerospace, Aviation, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Joining & Assembly, Machinery, Mechanical Components, Automation
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Answering Your Questions: How Will the Military Use Motion Control Technology?

A Tech Briefs reader asks: What's next with military motion control?
Posted in: News, Blog, Aeronautics, Aerospace, Aviation, Defense, Mechanical Components, MEMs, Motion Control, Motors & Drives, Positioning Equipment, Automation, Robotics
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