As a former Design Engineer at Newport News Shipbuilding I worked extensively with titanium alloys in the design of submarine components. Titanium is an excellent material for a number of reasons and is especially well suited to a marine environment because of it's corrososion resistance and strength.
Some time back the Russian navy produced a class of subs with a titanium hull. They were welded in a large inert gas filled chamber with welders in moon suit like gear and oxygen supplied through hoses. The issue at the time as far as my understanding goes was that in order to prevent contamination of the weld material the hot weld must be shielded with argon gas until the weld is below around 650 degrees F.
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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