Dana Corp.'s Driveshaft Div. has introduced a magnetic-pulse welding process for joining ferrous and non-ferrous material to form lighter, more compact--and in some cases--previously non-producible driveshaft configurations. "The process results in a metallurgical attachment that outperforms conventional MIG welding and competing mechanical attachment processes," says Jim Duggan, Dana's chief engineer of advanced design. The process creates an intense magnetic field by downloading large amounts of electrical energy into a specifically designed coil over a very short period of time. When an aluminum tube, for example, is subjected to the field, it collapses inward with sufficient force to weld itself onto a stationary component, such as a steel or aluminum shaft. The solid-state weld process requires no heat, with the component orientation controlled by machine tooling. FAX (419) 866-2616.
If you see a hitchhiker along the road in Canada this summer, it may not be human. That’s because a robot is thumbing its way across our neighbor to the north as part of a collaborative research project by several Canadian universities.
Stanford University researchers have found a way to realize what’s been called the “Holy Grail” of battery-design research -- designing a pure lithium anode for lithium-based batteries. The design has great potential to provide unprecedented efficiency and performance in lithium-based batteries that could substantially drive down the cost of electric vehicles and solve the charging problems associated with smartphones.
Robots in films during the 2000s hit the big time; no longer are they the sidekicks of nerdy character actors. Robots we see on the big screen in recent years include Nicole Kidman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Eddie Murphy. Top star of the era, Will Smith, takes a spin as a robot investigator in I, Robot. Robots (or androids or cyborgs) are fully mainstream in the 2000s.
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