New for 1997, the Sea-Doo Challenger 1800 jet boat from Bombardier
features twin 800 Series Rotax marine engines, each of which displaces 782 cc
and delivers 110 hp. A variable-rate oil injection system provides a precise
ratio of oil to fuel, ensuring proper engine lubrication throughout the
performance envelope. The Bombardier axial-flow, single-stage Formula Water Jet
system is designed to work reliably in salt or fresh water. Bronze alloy stator
vanes resist erosion caused by cavitation. Floating couplings with crowned
splines minimize vibration damage to engine and pump. The progressive-pitch
drive impellers are stainless steel and produce improved acceleration over
earlier models, a higher top speed, and less cavitation. Replaceable urethane
wear rings improve impeller life and are easy to maintain. Finally, a
sacrificial zinc anode protects the propulsion system from corrosion.
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."
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.