PERRET hydraulic shock absorbers are used on production lines to prevent end-of-travel impact at high speed. Capable of withstanding high temperatures and output rates, the absorbers come in a range of sizes, operating at temperatures up to 180C and frequencies at 4 Hz, with admissible impact speeds ranging from 0.3 to 4m/sec. To dissipate the mechanical energy of a moving mass, a laminar fluid flow is sent through the "operating clearance" between the piston and its compression chamber. This principle limits local heating of the fluid and increases the service life of the absorber.
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There is currently much discussion around the term "platform," which may be preceded by the adjectives "mobile," "wearable," "medical," "healthcare," etc. However, regardless of the platform being discussed, they usually have one key aspect in common: They tend to be wireless. So, why is this one aspect so fairly universal? The answer is convenience.
Everyone has a MEMS story. For most of us it’s probably the airbag that saved our lives or the life of a loved one. Perhaps it’s the tire pressure sensor that alerted us about deflation before we were stranded alone on a dark muddy road.
Bioimimicry is not merely a helpful design tool -- it also encourages designers to think not only about how to solve design problems by imitating nature, but how to make the products, materials, and systems they design more ecologically sound and nature-friendly.
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