I think the video shows the need for one more feature, a net to catch the debris! The USN used to have a big wire mesh net to protect aircraft on deck from those that were in trouble during landings on a carrier. Modern carriers have an angled flight deck that precludes this requirement.
In the video the leading edge of the barrier is like a knife edge that slices into the moving vehicle. Perhaps a flat plate type front to absorb impact would result in less debris passing the barrier and shearing of the vehicle.
I would be interested to hear what some of the orginial design criteria were.
Chuck, this story is a great example of what good design engineering is all about. Here, Moog is taking a product that's come into increasing usage since 9/11 -- the roadway barrier for security -- and taking it to the next level with an elegant solution that replaces hydraulics with more reliable servo-motor control.
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.
Using Siemens NX software, a team of engineering students from the University of Michigan built an electric vehicle and raced in the 2013 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. One of those students blogged for Design News throughout the race.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
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.