Renewable resources have begun to make measurable contributions to materials for equipment design.
Michael Nathal, chief of the Advanced Metallic Branch at NASA’s Glenn Research Center, is looking to re-invigorate that facility’s GRCop-84 program, among others.
Vistagy says the design process has to take into account all the relevant material and machine constraints or the performance of the finished piece may deviate from specs.
Solar power and dirt are at the heart of an idea for a potential electrical power source on the moon.
Following a path well-worn by their counterparts in aerospace and automotive design, off-highway engineers seem to be readying themselves to replace metal with thermoplastics. A primary reason is to reduce weight, and a key secondary reason is for controlling noise and vibration.