Got a burning question about fluid-power related topics? The Fluid Power Society, an organization for fluid power and related motion control professionals, operates an on-line discussion board. Fluid power distributors, service organizations, industry experts, and users of fluid power participate in the forum. Some recent topics discussed: Long stroke cylinders, flow control circuits, and industry salary statistics. You can access the discussion board at http://admin.ifps.org/wwwboard.html. For general information about the Fluid Power Society contact them at www.ifps.org or (800) 303-8520.
The Strati EV car printed at IMTS is made of SABIC's LNP STAT KON AE003. SABIC tells Design News why this carbon fiber-reinforced compound was chosen by Local Motors and Oak Ridge National Laboratories.
The 2014 Ig Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Dr. Kiyoshi Mabuchi and his team members for their work measuring the slipperiness of banana peels. Turns out they're slipperier with the yellow side up.
Many scientists have been working battery-free ways to power wearable electronics that can replace bulky battery packs, particularly through the use of energy-harvesting materials. Now a team of researchers in China have upped the game by developing a lightweight and flexible solar cell that can be woven into two-way energy-harvesting fabric.
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