Variable orifice valve (VOV(TM)) is located in the liquid refrigerant line between the condenser and the evaporator in an automobile's A/C loop and uses thermostatic bi-metal technology to react to condenser discharge temperatures. This controls variable restriction levels to provide performance for air conditioning systems. The VOV also offers variable restriction levels, which results in performance under all driving conditions from highway to city driving to idling.
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One way to keep a Formula One racing team moving at breakneck speed in the pit and at the test facility is to bring CAD drawings of the racing vehicleís parts down to the test facility and even out to the track.
Most of us would just as soon step on a cockroach rather than study it, but thatís just what researchers at UC Berkeley did in the pursuit of building small, nimble robots suitable for disaster-recovery and search-and-rescue missions.
Design engineers need to prepare for a future in which their electronic products will use not just one or two, but possibly many user interfaces that involve touch, vision, gestures, and even eye movements.
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