If your electricity fails in a post-apocalyptic world, you
can use water pressure to generate electricity. Travis Lipstein and fellow
students in a mechatronics class at Colorado State University used a Tesla
turbine - based on the work of Nikola Tesla in the early 1900s - to turn water
into electricity. The water pressure forces a shaft in the turbine to rotate.
The rotating shaft is connected to a generator. The water flow around the turbine
is controlled by valves. The rotational speed is communicated to the user via a
LCD interface on the system's control panel, which lets the user know when
sufficient power is being generated by the turbine. Get Build Instructions | View
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Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.