Despite the use of computer simulation, wind tunnel testing is still required to measure pressure changes and airflow speeds on the surfaces of new aircraft and automobile prototypes. Such testing is now done less with smoke visualisation and threads but more frequently with high-tech sensors which have the least influence on air flows. Film sensors made from piezoelectric materials provide one alternative. However, such films are difficult to apply - especially on rounded surfaces - and they do not adhere well under windy conditions. These disadvantages have been overcome with a varnish developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Plymer Research IAP.
In the future, powering up your laptop may require you unroll it first. Engineers at the University of Toronto have constructed flexible technology that could lay the groundwork for future generations of bendable television, computer and mobile phone screens.
Developed specifically to work with existing web browser technology, the Fieldgate FXA 520 gateway is designed for remote process measurement monitoring, diagnosis and configuration of HART-compatible sensors and actuators.
Accurate flow measurement impacts process safety, throughput, recipe, quality and cost, affecting bottom line profit or loss. Obtaining accurate flow measurement begins with selecting the best flowmeter technology for the specific application media
Noritake has introduced the 7000 series, the low cost feature rich graphic capable character range of VDF modules. This range of VFDs is both character and graphic capable and features the new user definable windowing function that provides the user with independently controlled windows that is capable of displaying text and graphics simultaneously.
It has been reported that DuPont, Sarnoff and Lucent technologies will work together to develop a display technology that could lead to thin, flexible monitors that can be wrapped around curved surfaces or rolled up and put away or carried. The project is to be sponsored by the Advanced Technology Program at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
The MTS range of displacement sensors provides a method of position feedback. The magnetostrictive technology allows these sensors to be used in a wide range of applications including those where there may be high shock and vibration such as moulding machines, saw milling and hydraulic cylinders.
Scientists at University of Ulster have developed sensors that are inserted in transplant organs to monitor if there has been any deterioration in the organs condition since being removed from the donor.
Using the two company's joint venture, Philips Electronics and LG Electronics plan to expand capacity of LCD panels and large-screen desktop monitors. Production will begin in the first half of 2003.
Scientists from Philips have fabricated flat panel displays through simple coating techniques similar to painting. Philips claims that this makes displays cheaper, thinner and provides great design freedom.