Munich, Germany--Electric motors have undergone more change in the last ten years than the previous hundred. This is particularly true with ac induction motors. For example, users today can specify vector or inverter drives, as well as the convergence of both systems: sensorless vector control. Other emerging technologies include soft switching techniques and transient-resistant windings.
Computer models take over. Sensorless vector control blurs the distinction between inverter and vector drives. While open-loop inverters are relatively inexpensive, there is no method of feedback from the motor to allow
Earlier this year paralyzed IndyCar drive Sam Schmidt did the seemingly impossible -- opening the qualifying rounds at Indy by driving a modified Corvette C7 Stingray around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Wearables are changing the way we see ourselves. With onboard sensors that have access to our bodies, we are starting to know our physical selves like never before, quantifying our activity, our heart rate, breathing, and even our muscle effort.
Last week, the bill for reforming chemical regulation, the TSCA Modernization Act of 2015, passed the House. If it or a similar bill becomes law, the effects on cost and availability of adhesives and plastics incorporating these substances are not yet clear.
This year, Design News is getting a head start on the Fourth of July celebration. In honor of our country and its legacy of engineering innovation -- in all of its forms -- we are taking you on an alphabetical tour through all 50 states to showcase interesting engineering breakthroughs and historically significant events.
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