Qin Zhang is an assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana developing a programmable electrohydraulic (EH) control valve. The new device consists of five proportional-flow control valves that are used with a hybrid control algorithm. Zhang and colleague Haibo Hu published a paper outlining their conclusions: They say it is technically feasible to integrate a programmable valve using five individually controlled proportional valves. It is important to obtain the characteristics of sub-valves before the integration, say Zhang and Hu. They also assert that the use of a simple logic control algorithm is sufficient for achieving programmable valve features such as open center, closed center, tandem center, and float center. For more information, call Zhang at (217) 333-9419 or visit www.uiuc.edu.
Artificially created metamaterials are already appearing in niche applications like electronics, communications, and defense, says a new report from Lux Research. How quickly they become mainstream depends on cost-effective manufacturing methods, which will include additive manufacturing.
Sharon Glotzer and David Pine are hoping to create the first liquid hard drive with liquid nanoparticles that can store 1TB per teaspoon. They aren't the first to find potential data stores, as Harvard researchers have stored 700 TB inside a gram of DNA.
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