A newly patented invention avoids the cumbersome procedure of "fine tuning" electric motors. At NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, Ann M. Casper designed a brushless dc motor that dynamically times the commutation between the rotor and stator--without disassembling its housing. She put Hall-effect sensors on the commutation board to provide feedback on the rotor position. A tool inserted into the endcap, while the motor runs, "tunes" the motor for maximum operating efficiency. invention received United States Patent 5654599.
Engineers at Fuel Cell Energy have found a way to take advantage of a side reaction, unique to their carbonate fuel cell that has nothing to do with energy production, as a potential, cost-effective solution to capturing carbon from fossil fuel power plants.
This is part one of an article discussing the University of Washington’s nationally ranked FSAE electric car (eCar) and combustible car (cCar). Stay tuned for part two, tomorrow, which will discuss the four unique PCBs used in both the eCar and cCars.
Researchers working with additive manufacturing have said multimaterial techniques will allow industry “to fabricate materials with combinations of density, strength, and thermal expansion that do not exist [yet].”
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