Web-based discussion groups are growing in popularity among engineers looking for not just information, but informed opinion to go along with it. The Fluid Power Society hosts one of the more lively discussion boards on fluid power that we've found on the web. Check out http://admin.ifps.org/wwwboard.html, where you'll find recent postings on ASME training, a hydraulic-powered bush hog, and biodegradable hydraulic oil, to name just a few topics covered.
A Tokyo company, Miraisens Inc., has unveiled a device that allows users to move virtual 3D objects around and "feel" them via a vibration sensor. The device has many applications within the gaming, medical, and 3D-printing industries.
In the last few years, use of CFD in building design has increased manifolds. Computational
fluid dynamics is effective in analyzing the flow and thermal properties of air within spaces. It can be used in buildings to find the best measures for comfortable temperature at low energy use.
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