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Category: Mechanical Engineering

New computational tool could help design futuristic turbines for jet engines

MAX phases material (an example shown in electron micrograph) are some of the most high-temperature corrosion and oxidation-resistant materials to date. Credit: Dr. Miladin Radovic/Texas A&M Engineering Will it be possible to design materials that are unfazed by extreme temperatures in the near future? In a study published in the journal Nature Computational Materials, researchers at Texas A&M University have described a computational tool to evaluate a material’s suitability for high-temperature applications, such as gas turbines for jet engines and…

Manring named new dean of the College of Engineering

April 14, 2021Contact: MU News Bureau Noah Manring University of Missouri Provost Latha Ramchand today announced that Noah Manring has been named the new dean of the MU College of Engineering. Manring has served as the interim dean of the college since May 2020 following the departure of Elizabeth Loboa. He will assume his new duties on May 1, which include leadership, advocacy for research and education, and continued excellence and growth in research, education and campus diversity. “For over…

Astronauts need a fridge; engineers are building one that works in zero gravity

Purdue University researchers Eckhard Groll (left) and Leon Brendel stand next to a fridge experiment they designed to work in different orientations – even upside down. Credit: Purdue University/Jared Pike For astronauts to go on long missions to the moon or Mars, they need a refrigerator. But today’s fridges aren’t designed to work in zero gravity—or upside down if oriented that way when a spacecraft lands on another planet. A team of engineers from Purdue University, Air Squared Inc., and…

Bringing AI to the edge with NVIDIA GPUs

Cloudflare has long used machine learning for bot detection, identifying anomalies, customer support and business intelligence.  And internally we have a cluster of GPUs used for model training and inference. For even longer we’ve been running code “at the edge” in more than 200 cities worldwide. Initially, that was code that we wrote and any customization was done through our UI or API. About seven years ago we started deploying custom code, written in Lua, for our enterprise customers. But…

Ultimate Guide on How to use NTFS drives on a Mac

There is no denying that Windows OS is widely used than MacOS. This is the reason; manufacturers of USB drives and external hard drives format their devices to NTFS by default.  NTFS stands for NT file system, originally developed by Windows and is a default file system for Windows OS. Unfortunately, Apple has not licensed for this system and Mac users cannot write to drives that come with NTFS format. Hence, there are a few things you can try to…

A single spin-orbit torque device to sense 3D magnetic fields

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Sensors that can detect magnetic fields have many potential applications, for instance, in the development of sophisticated medical devices and transportation systems. Most approaches for detecting 3D magnetic fields developed so far, however, require several sensors, which makes them bulky and difficult to implement on a large-scale. With this in mind, researchers at the Nanoscale Energy-Efficient Device and System (NEEDS) Lab at Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China set out to develop a single…

How can remote workers best manage work-home conflict? Remote work expert offers best practices based on more than 20 years of research — ScienceDaily

What are the secrets to maintaining a productive home office? Run a white-noise machine to mask household clatter, make sure your noisy neighbors know your work schedule, and resist the temptation to check work-related technology after logging off at the end of the workday. These are some of the tips that Timothy D. Golden, a professor in the Lally School of Management at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has gleaned through more than two decades of research. More than a year into…

Microsoft to make US$22 billion worth of augmented reality headsets for US Army

Credit: Microsoft Microsoft has reportedly been awarded a ten year contract worth close to US$22 billion, to provide 120,000 military-grade augmented reality (AR) headsets to the US Army. Popularized through mobile apps such as Pokémon Go and face filters on social media, AR technology is fundamentally about superimposing digital images over real-world environments. The AR interface commissioned by the US military is referred to as an “Integrated Visual Augmentation System” (IVAS). It will use Microsoft’s HoloLens headset technology as its…

How a moving platform for 3D printing can cut waste and costs

A new dynamically-controlled base for 3-d printing (left) will reduce the need for printed supports (center), cutting wastage and saving time. Credit: Yong Chen 3-D printing has the potential to revolutionize product design and manufacturing in a vast range of fields—from custom components for consumer products, to 3-D printed dental products and bone and medical implants that could save lives. However, the process also creates a large amount of expensive and unsustainable waste and takes a long time, making it…

Research is a leap forward in the quest for flexible ultrathin materials — ScienceDaily

A team of polymer science and engineering researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has demonstrated for the first time that the positions of tiny, flat, solid objects integrated in nanometrically thin membranes — resembling those of biological cells — can be controlled by mechanically varying the elastic forces in the membrane itself. This research milestone is a significant step toward the goal of creating ultrathin flexible materials that self-organize and respond immediately to mechanical force. The team has discovered…