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The Amazing Properties Of Spider Silk
2012-03-06 05:49:20

New research has revealed that spider silk carries amazing physical properties, according to a new paper published in the journal Advanced Materials. Xinwei Wang, who wanted to take a closer look at spider webs, ordered eight Nephila clavipes, commonly known as golden silk orbweavers. He put them to work eating crickets and spinning webs so their materials and habits could be studied. Wang, who is an associate profess of mechanical engineering at Iowa State University studies thermal...

2011-12-14 19:39:13

The surprising discovery of a new way to tune and enhance thermal conductivity — a basic property generally considered to be fixed for a given material — gives engineers a new tool for managing thermal effects in smart phones and computers, lasers and a number of other powered devices. The finding was made by a group of engineers headed by Deyu Li, associate professor of mechanical engineering at Vanderbilt University, and published online in the journal Nature Nanotechnology...

2011-08-10 09:11:18

This is the first entry in the BepiColombo Test Campaign Journal, a series of articles covering the main events during the integration and testing of the Structural and Thermal Models (STM) and the Proto-Flight Models (PFM) of the four major components that make up the BepiColombo composite spacecraft stack. The journal is expected to run until the completion of PFM testing in the fourth quarter of 2013; shortly after this, the BepiColombo Launch Campaign Journal will begin. The BepiColombo...

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2011-07-18 14:44:32

What happens when electronics overheat? The short answer is: nothing good! In microgravity, natural convection does not occur, which makes cooling equipment a challenge. So how do you keep electronic and computer components from overheating in space? In satellites used for communications, global positioning systems, and defense purposes, a heat pipe is the device used to regulate temperature and keep the overall systems operating reliably. A heat pipe is a simple device that can efficiently...

2011-06-14 09:00:00

LANCASTER, Pa., June 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Thermacore (www.thermacore.com), a leading provider of advanced thermal solutions, announced today that it recently delivered Constant Conductance Heat Pipes (CCHPs) to NASA in support of the agency's Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission, as well as high thermally conductive k-Core® structural components for the agency's Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS) program supporting the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM)....

2011-05-16 08:14:00

HANFORD, Calif., May 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Thresher Industries (PinkSheets: THRR) announced today that it has received a purchase order from a California based aftermarket automotive company to further develop its ThermaLite metal matrix composite for use as an enclosure requiring superior thermal conductivity. The purchase order defines the thermal conductivity requirements for the enclosure and a deadline to bring this alloy to production. Tom Flessner, President / CEO said, "We are...

2011-05-03 14:55:22

Researchers from Juelich and Aachen investigate phase change materials Optical data carriers such as DVDs, Blu-rays and CD-RWs store data in layers of so-called "phase change materials". In the future, these materials will enable the development of fast, non-volatile and energy-saving main memories. A prerequisite for this is a low thermal conductivity. Phase change materials display a surprisingly low thermal conductivity even in the crystalline state. This is described by an international...

2011-03-15 09:00:00

LANCASTER, Pa., March 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Thermacore (www.thermacore.com), a leading provider of advanced thermal solutions, introduces a new line of cold plates that meet the most recent VME64x/VPX standards and supports commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) packaging formats. These high conductance cold plates offer significant improvement in electronics cooling performance as compared to conventional technologies used in demanding military and aerospace applications. (Logo:...

2010-09-28 21:00:00

TOKYO, Sept. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- OKI Engineering, an OKI Group company offering reliability assessments and technical solutions in the field of environmental protection announced that today it has expanded its range of thermal characteristics analysis services for semiconductor devices. A service that measures the thermal resistance and heat capacity of power devices and optical devices will be available from today. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100928/NY72627-a ) (Photo:...


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