Flying may become a more serene experience for those traveling on the new 737 NG Boeing Business Jet. Engineers have completed tests on a new active noise and vibration control system, supplied by the LORD Corp., which has provided engine isolators and mounts, hydraulic pump, and interior isolators for a variety of aircraft. Sound pressure levels dropped an average of 8 to 12 decibels for N1 engine tones. That's significant, especially when you consider that decibels are logarithms of sound levels. Now, if only someone could do something about those screaming babies.
What should be the perception of a product’s real-world performance with regard to the published spec sheet? While it is easy to assume that the product will operate according to spec, what variables should be considered, and is that a designer obligation or a customer responsibility? Or both?
Biomimicry has already found its way into the development of robots and new materials, with researchers studying animals and nature to come up with new innovations. Now thanks to researchers in Boston, biomimicry could even inform the future of electrical networks for next-generation displays.
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