I agree with the concept given that this method eliminates two conversion points where energy would be lost as well as the fact that it increases the overall efficiency. This will not only further increase the overall savings but will also enhance the already enhanced effectiveness given that the energy savings are about six times the energy efficiency formerly required to run the helicopter test stands
Most of energy savings comes from recovering the power by applying load using AC motors. The original test stands used conventional loading techniques, which equates to zero power recovery. Even though the original test stands were 20-50 years in age, this inefficient approach is still being integrated in new test stands to save cost upfront. RedViking recognized the initial capital investment cost in the additional motors and drives, but saw the benefits in long term energy savings for our customer.
Altair has released an update of its HyperWorks computer-aided engineering simulation suite that includes new features focusing on four key areas of product design: performance optimization, lightweight design, lead-time reduction, and new technologies.
At IMTS last week, Stratasys introduced two new multi-materials PolyJet 3D printers, plus a new UV-resistant material for its FDM production 3D printers. They can be used in making jigs and fixtures, as well as prototypes and small runs of production parts.
In a line of ultra-futuristic projects, DARPA is developing a brain microchip that will help heal the bodies and minds of soldiers. A final product is far off, but preliminary chips are already being tested.
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