"Low mass" sensor monitors forces in seat belts and other restraining harnesses. The sensor uses a "three bar" system, which minimizes errors caused by belt thickness effects. The low wrap angles used with this concept create minimum webbing disturbance, reduce the forces in the sensor, and permit large reductions in sensor weight. Low sensor weight is important for crash testing applications where the sensor undergoes large deceleration forces.
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The new composites manufacturing innovation center is intended to be a source of grand challenges for industry, like the kind that got us to the moon under JFK. These aren't the words its new CEO Craig Blue used, but that's the idea and the vision behind the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI).
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.