It's interesting to learn how magnetic efficiencies can lead to optimized motor performance. What about the frame/bearings? It'd be interesting to read more about the materials used to handle the small, high-speed bearing surfaces, and how heat is dissipated from these support structures.
I understand that a combination of solid film lubricants like MoS2 that sustain the bearing at low speeds and then transition to an air lubrication mode are quite effective at high speeds in reducing bearing losses. Bearing systems like these can give very long life as long as the air supply is clean and abundant.
Are any of the motors making use of air lubrication?
The 100% solar-powered airplane Solar Impulse 2 is prepping for its upcoming flight, becoming the first plane to fly around the world without using fuel. It's able to do so because of above-average performance by all of the technologies that go into it, especially materials.
With major product releases coming from big names like Sony, Microsoft, and Samsung, and big investments by companies like Facebook, 2015 could be the year that virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) finally pop. Here's take a look back at some of the technologies that got us here (for better and worse).
Good engineering designs are those that work in the real world; bad designs are those that don’t. If we agree to set our egos aside and let the real world be our guide, we can resolve nearly any disagreement.
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