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Pneumatics Technology

MEMS Proportional Control Valves Enable Lightweight Orthoses

Ten research projects out of the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP) were presented at the Fluid Power Innovation and Research Conference(FPIRC) last fall. The projects pertain to five sectors in fluid-power research: human-scale technologies, mobile applications, manufacturing, stationary equipment, and fluids/tribology.   The first project—a Hybrid MEMS Proportional Fluid Control Valve (PDF)—is meant to replace bulky solenoid valves for motion control in orthoses, wearables, and other human-scale technologies. Like most MEMS, which is an acronym for micro-electro mechanical systems, it contains tiny components on a lightweight chip that perform mechanical tasks as part of a larger system….

Rourkela girl invents ‘air bike’ – Bicycle without pedals can travel 60km on 10kg of compressed air

Bhubaneswar, Nov. 1: A 14-year-old girl from the state, Tejaswani Priyadarshani, has come up with an innovative bicycle that propels on air. Without pedals, the “air bike” can run up to 60km on just 10kg of compressed air pumped into a cylinder mounted on the bicycle carrier. The innovation holds importance at a time when world leaders are coming together to cut down on the use of fossil fuels derived from natural resources such as coal, oil, gas, petrol and diesel.   “Fossil fuels are produced from old and dry plants and animal remains. They are used in vehicles, industries…

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