For composites users, the latest weapon in the war against
corrosion can be found on the World Wide Web. The Composite Polymers Division of
Ashland Specialty Chemical Company (Dublin, OH) has launched a "corrosion
resource center" at www.hetron.com to help
engineers pick the right resin for corrosive environments.
At the heart of the resource center is an on-line edition of the
company's Hetron and Aropol Resin Selection Guide. In addition to materials
property data, it compiles corrosion-resistance data for fiberglass reinforced
plastics in 1,800 chemical environments. The data in the guide has been culled
from field and laboratory (ASTM C581) studies of FRP performance. And because
the guide ties into the company's corrosion database, its information stays
The engineers and inventors of the post WWII period turned their attention to advancements in electronics, communication, and entertainment. Breakthrough inventions range from LEGOs and computer gaming to the integrated circuit and Ethernet -- a range of advancements that have little in common except they changed our lives.
The age of touch could soon come to an end. From smartphones and smartwatches, to home devices, to in-car infotainment systems, touch is no longer the primary user interface. Technology market leaders are driving a migration from touch to voice as a user interface.
Soft starter technology has become a way to mitigate startup stressors by moderating a motor’s voltage supply during the machine start-up phase, slowly ramping it up and effectively adjusting the machine’s load behavior to protect mechanical components.
A new report from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) makes a start on developing control schemes, process measurements, and modeling and simulation methods for powder bed fusion additive manufacturing.
If you’re developing a product with lots of sensors and no access to the power grid, then you’ll want to take note of a Design News Continuing Education Center class, “Designing Low Power Systems Using Battery and Energy Harvesting Energy Sources."
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