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2008-06-30
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The family of Parylene conformal coatings (N, C, and D) has been used as a rugged, reliable protection solution for a wide range of aerospace applications for more than 35 years. However, while these standard formulations still meet the coating requirements of most applications, some of the leading-edge technology in aerospace devices often need a little more.
2008-06-30
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While a multitude of airlines and communications providers have begun testing the reality of air-to-ground cell phone use in flight since the European Commission approved mobile phone use on planes, the first actual commercial flight where passengers were able to use their personal mobile phones for both voice and data occurred this past March.
2008-06-30
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Lufthansa Technik is responsible for keeping the Lufthansa fleet in shape. It was facing a huge challenge due to required fuselage inspections of all Boeing 737s prescribed by Boeing as a consequence of the “Aloha” accident in 1998.
2008-06-30
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Eclipse Aviation says its Eclipse 500 was built upon the principle of a total product lifecycle management approach combining mechanical, electronic, electrical, and manufacturing disciplines. The integration of subsystems into a final wire harness was key, this being the “living neurological system” of the aircraft, controlling all electrical and electronic signals to all essential systems.
2008-07-29
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Carbon nanotubes have been around for centuries, but drawbacks such as expense and material impurity have hindered their use. Now, the tide has turned for carbon nanotubes with an initial $2 million contract awarded to Nanocomp Technologies by the U.S. Army’s Natick Soldier Systems Center.
2008-11-26
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The idea of parachutes as a last resort for light-aircraft safety had been around for quite a while; however, it never reached the stage where it could be truly commercialized. Larry Williams, CEO and President of Ballistic Recovery Systems (BRS), said the initial concept for the BRS parachute system came about when company founder Boris Popov had a near-death experience when his wing glider collapsed.
2008-11-04
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RFID tags have typically been read over the air using RF energy from an interrogator, obtaining a 96-bit number that makes up its electronic product code. The latest RFID tags can contain 64 kbits or more of data and can be read by simply touching them with an appropriate probe.
2008-12-02
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Other than using dynamic spin testing, the only alternative to test for both accurate static and dynamic stress in a turbine blade is to run the blade in an actual jet engine.
2008-11-11
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In meeting the need for more efficient electrical power generators for troops in combat, the U.S. Army is working with civilian industrial companies through Small Business Innovation Research grants to reduce fuel consumption and enhance the power density of diesel engines used in field generators.
2009-01-16
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A large portion of Kaiser Aluminum’s automotive business is extruded aluminum products. “Aluminum extrusions are remarkably efficient structures,” said Doug Richman, VP of Engineering and Technology, Kaiser Aluminum Corp. “Our focus is currently on multivoid hollow structures: bumpers, the crash can which is the energy absorber behind the bumper, the engine cradles, and subframes.”
2009-01-16
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Kaiser Aluminum’s motto is “Higher, Lighter, Lower”—higher strength, lighter weight, and lower processing cost. Doug Richman, VP of Engineering and Technology, said that the first wave of reducing weight in vehicles involved the large castings: engines, cylinder heads, and wheels. The move is now to take the benefits of lightweight aluminum to the next group of heavy components: suspension arms.
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