I recently came across a cool innovation in servo technology from a little company called QuickSilver Controls. The Mosolver is a servo motion actuator that infuses a position feedback sensor into the structure of a high-pole-count AC motor. This combination eliminates the need for an encoder and resolvers, and it results in robust closed-loop motion control.
For further precision, the servo's designers have added sense coils within the motor. Voltages are induced by these sense coils from a combination of the pulse-width modulation current ripple and the flux steering as a result of the rotor and stator interaction. The design removes a separate feedback device to make the overall package smaller (along with the overall bill of materials). And having everything packaged together increases the system's reliability. Many more details are available in the data sheet.
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].”
The term "multiphysics" is used to describe the simulation of multiple types of physics and their influence on one another -- for example, the investigation of the behavior of a chemical in liquid form will involve both chemistry and fluid dynamics.
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