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Improving Quality Control Of Lithium-ion Batteries Using New Technique
2013-05-10 08:10:11

Purdue University Researchers have created a new tool to detect flaws in lithium-ion batteries as they are being manufactured, a step toward reducing defects and inconsistencies in the thickness of electrodes that affect battery life and reliability. The electrodes, called anodes and cathodes, are the building blocks of powerful battery arrays like those used in electric and hybrid vehicles. They are copper on one side and coated with a black compound to store lithium on the other....

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2009-05-03 09:10:00

Researchers have developed a technique that uses sensors and computational software to constantly monitor forces exerted on wind turbine blades, a step toward improving efficiency by adjusting for rapidly changing wind conditions. The research by engineers at Purdue University and Sandia National Laboratories is part of an effort to develop a smarter wind turbine structure "The ultimate goal is to feed information from sensors into an active control system that precisely adjusts components to...

2009-04-15 10:14:18

U.S. engineers say they've developed technology that can detect defects in vehicles by driving over a speed bump-like diagnostic cleat containing sensors. Purdue University Associate Professor Douglas Adams is working with the U.S. Army and Honeywell International Inc. to develop the system. In the tests, military vehicles are driven over the diagnostic cleat, which is like a rubber-jacketed speed bump equipped with sensors called triaxial accelerometers. The system measures vibrations...

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2009-04-13 15:40:00

Researchers have developed a technology that detects damage to critical suspension components in military vehicles simply by driving over a speed bumplike "diagnostic cleat" containing sensors. "Our aim is to save time and maintenance costs, but more importantly to reduce downtime by catching damage before it leads to failure in the field," said Douglas Adams, an associate professor of mechanical engineering and director of Purdue University's Center for Systems Integrity. Purdue is working...

2008-09-17 15:00:24

NEW YORK, Sept. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Ellen Archer, President and Publisher, announces today that Hyperion will publish the next book in the beloved and world-famous Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series. Eoin Colfer, author of the bestselling Artemis Fowl children series, will continue the legacy of Hitchhiker's, originally created and written by Douglas Adams, who passed away in 2001. The new book is titled And Another Thing . . . will be published in October 2009. The Hitchhiker's...

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2005-04-30 10:30:00

Surely "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" would seem sufficiently well-known and have a large enough cult following for its various incarnations that comparing it to something else - another book, another TV series, another movie, whatever - would be pointless. You know it or you don't. You love it or you don't. But sitting through the long-awaited film version of Douglas Adams' beloved book calls to mind another ambitious effort: not Monty Python, with which it's easy to find...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'