• New fuel cell technology could change the future of power generation

    01 Dec 2015
    Phillips 66 is developing a natural gas fuel cell that could power homes and businesses.
  • The igus linear bearing tool kit

    01 Dec 2015
    DryLin W linear rails and guides are most often recommended by igus sales engineers when they're assisting customers with new designs. The combination of flexibility, long life and low cost are the driving factors behind this system's success.
  • Watch: GE Aviation unveils a new turboprop. Smartphone app could unplug your doctor’s stethoscope. An engineering team is developing an ultra-tall tower for wind energy

    24 Nov 2015
    Source: Engineering360 News Desk
    GE Aviation unveiled a turboprop engine that is aimed at business and general aviation aircraft. The engine is designed to burn 20% less fuel and produce 10% more power than competing engines in its class. Nearly 200 years after its invention, the medical stethoscope may be on the verge of being replaced by a portable device that plugs into a smartphone. Iowa State University engineers say they have carried out successful fatigue testing of a material called "Hexcrete," which they say could enable 140-meter-high wind turbine towers. Researchers from the University of Alabama and Colorado State University are working to develop taller, sturdier wood-framed buildings for use in earthquake-prone areas. The researchers hope to combine two methods of constructing wood buildings to yield a system that could lead to wood-framed structures as high as 12 stories.
  • Video: Japan reenters commercial air market with a new regional jet. Hudson River rail project gets a boost from the federal government. Global airliner tracking moves closer to reality.

    17 Nov 2015
    Source: Engineering360 News Desk
    Japan's bid to re-enter the commercial jet market took a step forward with the successful first test flight of the Mitsubishi Regional Jet in mid-November. The plane, which will be delivered in 78- and 92-seat configurations, is the first launched by a Japanese company since 1962. Federal officials say they will fund at least half of a rail tunnel project under the Hudson River after state and federal officials agreed to create a development corporation to oversee the project. Global airliner tracking came one step closer to reality after agreement was struck at the United Nations to set aside radio frequency for airplanes to report their locations to satellites. Automation threatens the livelihoods of 80 million workers in the U.S. and 15 million in the U.K. over the coming decades, says Bank of England chief economist Andrew Haldane. The emergence of smart machines poses a different challenge than technological innovations of the past, Haldane says.
  • Video: Toyota plans a $1 billion investment in Silicon Valley. Faraday Futures could debut an electric vehicle in 2017. OSHA fines could jump in 2016.

    10 Nov 2015
    Source: Engineering360 News Desk
    Toyota plans a big push into artificial intelligence and robotics research and says it will invest $1 billion over the next five years to establish a Silicon Valley research and development center. Faraday Future, an electric vehicle and mobility startup, reportedly will invest $1 billion in a U.S. manufacturing facility. Faraday hopes to roll out seven electric vehicles in quick succession after its first model debuts in 2017. The federal budget that was passed by Congress and signed into law November 2 authorizes the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to boost penalties for the first time since 1990. The law allows OSHA to make a one-time “catch-up” increase to make up for more than two decades of no increases. Use of steel fiber-reinforced concrete in place of rebar in the coupling beams of a metro Seattle skyscraper has helped simplify and speed the building's construction while maintaining structural integrity. Seattle is one of the most seismically active regions of the U.S.
  • Video: A big shakeup in the nuclear construction industry. A government agency says hacking is sometimes OK. Virginia Tech engineers urge changes to jet engines to protect against drone strikes.

    03 Nov 2015
    Source: Engineering360 News Desk
    Westinghouse Electric Co. agreed to acquire CB&I Stone & Webster, the nuclear construction and integrated services businesses of CB&I. The deal is expected to be completed by December.The U.S. Librarian of Congress granted several exceptions to Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.The exemption had been opposed by companies and groups from the auto and medical device industries. Researchers from Missouri and Brazil say they are on the path to creating biodegradable electronics by using organic components in screen displays.The technique could help reduce electronic waste in landfills. Virginia Tech researchers are urging changes in how commercial aircraft engines are designed in the wake of the possibility of drones being sucked into turbofan engines at high speeds.Such an impact could be devastating to the engine after ingesting the hard-shell center of a drone’s electronics housing.
  • 101 Things You Can Do with a Software-Designed Instrument

    01 Nov 2015
  • Learn More About the New NFPA Electrical Certification

    01 Nov 2015
  • The Energy-Efficient Solution to Wall Plug-in Power Supplies

    01 Nov 2015
  • Vaisala Cleanroom: At The Origins of Reliable Sensors

    01 Nov 2015
  • Netherlands Facility Opens to Test Infrastructure Resiliency

    29 Oct 2015
    Source: Engineering360 News Desk
    The Delta Flume creates some of the world's largest man-made waves, enabling engineers to test the performance of dikes and other structures.
  • Video: Mexico to invest $46 billion in wind energy. EPA is sued over Clean Power Plan. China will help the UK build a nuclear power plant.

    27 Oct 2015
    Source: Engineering360 News Desk
    Mexico plans to quadruple its wind-power capacity in an effort to transform the country’s energy industry. Within three years, Mexico expects to have 10 gigawatts of turbines in operation across nearly every region, up from 2.5 gigawatts in 2014. A group of 24 states and Murray Energy, a coal mining company, filed lawsuits to challenge the Environmental Protection Agency's climate change rule for power plants. The litigants accuse the EPA of going beyond the authority Congress gave it by ordering a transformation of states’ electricity generation. China has agreed to take a one-third stake in a project to build a new nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point in the UK and to take ownership shares in two further plants. A final investment decision for the Hinkley project by EDF Energy is expected by the end of the year. Benchmark Electronics has entered into a definitive agreement to buy Secure Communications Systems and its business units for arounds $230 million in cash. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2015, subject to approvals.
  • Video: Ford to spend big to attract Chinese drivers. Drone detection system set for testing at U.S. airports. Entergy's Pilgrim nuclear power plant to retire.

    20 Oct 2015
    Source: Engineering360 News Desk
    Ford plans to invest $1.8 billion in the Chinese market over the next five years to fund research into how to bring “smart” features like smartphone connectivity and autonomous driving to its Chinese products. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration will work with CACI International to evaluate how the company’s technology can help detect unmanned aircraft systems flying near airports. FAA Deputy Administrator Mike Whitaker told a congressional hearing that flying an unmanned aircraft near a busy airport poses an "unacceptable safety hazard." The single-unit 680 megawatt Pilgrim nuclear power plant in Massachusetts will close by mid-2019. Owner Entergy says the plant's continued operation is not economically viable. Global photovoltaic demand is on the rise as the result of expanded deployment in the U.S. and in Asia, according to a report from IHS.
  • Video: Siemens will deploy vehicle-to-infrastructure devices. DC gets a new source of electric power. Rolls-Royce plans an Indiana investment.

    13 Oct 2015
    Source: Engineering360 News Desk
    Siemens and Cohda Wireless plan to work together in the area of vehicle-to-infrastructure devices, which share information between vehicles and roadside infrastructure. Siemens says it will deploy transport infrastructure including sign gantries and traffic lights. The District of Columbia’s water utility, DC Water, unveiled a $470 million waste-to-energy project that will produce 10 megawatts of electricity from the wastewater treatment process. The energy will power around one-third of a water treatment plant. An investment of nearly $600 million by Rolls-Royce will be used to upgrade and modernize its Indianapolis, Ind., operations. The investment aims to replace outdated infrastructure and some equipment that dates from World War II. A report from the statistical arm of the National Science Foundation says that from 2003 to 2013, the number of immigrant scientists and engineers grew from 3.4 million to 5.2 million.
  • Video: EPA issues rules that impact petroleum refineries. Singapore to test driverless trucks at its ports. Have a spare $130,000? Then have we got a car for you!

    06 Oct 2015
    Source: Engineering360 News Desk
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued two new rules that affect air emissions. The first rule strengthens standards that regulate ground-level ozone to limit emissions to 70 parts per billion. In the second rule, the EPA updated air pollution standards to further tighten air emissions from petroleum refineries. Electric vehicle maker Tesla has taken the wraps off its crossover—the Model X. The EV uses the same electric drivetrain as its Model S sedan. Singapore officials plan to test driverless trucks to move containers between port terminals. Mellanox is expanding its intelligent end-to-end interconnect solutions with the acquisition of EZchip.
  • Watch: Dialog buys Atmel. Mercedes-Benz plans a $1.3bn investment. NASA app aims for better airliner routes.

    29 Sep 2015
    Source: Engineering360 News Desk
    U.K.-based power management chipmaker Dialog Semiconductor is buying Atmel for $4.6 billion in an all-cash and stock transaction. Mercedes-Benz plans to expand capacity at its Tuscaloosa, Ala., plant. Virgin America and Alaska Airlines will soon use a Traffic Aware Planner application to make what are known as traffic aware strategic aircrew requests. The Wi-Fi Alliance has a new membership category. The Asian Development Bank will double its annual climate financing to $6 billion by 2020, up from the current $3 billion.
  • Watch: Porsche and Audi challenge Tesla. China and Russia to develop widebody aircraft. 10 carmakers pledge to pursue braking technology

    22 Sep 2015
    Source: Engineering360 News Desk
    Tesla faces a challenge as two rival brands unveil all-electric models. A report says that addressing land degradation could add trillions to annual world income. And is your favorite carmaker on the list of 10 pledging to install automatic braking technology?
  • Watch: UPS buys electric trucks, Freescale Semi acquires CogniVue, TV shipments see a big decline

    16 Sep 2015
    Source: Engineering360 News Desk
    Global package delivery firm UPS says it is buying 125 hybrid electric delivery trucks. The trucks could achieve up to four times the fuel economy of a conventional vehicle. Freescale Semiconductor is expanding its automotive semiconductor portfolio for autonomous vehicles and advanced driver assistance systems by acquiring CogniVue. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Mitsubishi Heavy Industry has booked orders to build two liquified natural gas carriers. The ships will transport shale gas produced in North America from the Freeport LNG terminal to Japan. IHS Automotive cut its full year 2015 light vehicle sales forecast for China to 23.4 million units. This reflects a growth rate over 2014 of 1.4%. After a year of quarterly year-over-year growth in 2014, global shipments of televisions suffered their biggest decline in more than five years during the second quarter.The 8% decline in the second quarter was the largest drop since the second quarter of 2009.
  • Video News: Toyota plans AI push; Alcoa develops powders for 3D printing; Automaker demand fuels semicons.

    09 Sep 2015
    Source: Engineering360 News Desk
    Toyota plans to cooperate with MIT and Stanford on artificial intelligent research. The Japanese automaker will invest about $50 million over the next five years to set up a joint research center at each university. The centers will conduct research on object recognition and situational judgment. Alcoa will invest $60 million to expand its 3D printing manufacturing capabilities. The company says that a new facility in Pennsylvania will focus on developing metal powders that can be used in 3D printing. Alcoa’s move targets the aerospace market along with customers from the automotive, medical, building and construction industries. Big demand for electronics in cars drove the auto industry into the third spot among the largest markets for power semiconductors. That’s according to a new report from IHS. Advanced driver assistance systems and infotainment systems were particularly strong. IHS says that premium features are being added to non-luxury models, like the Ford Fusion. Complacency, along with design weaknesses and regulatory lapses, helped cause the 2011 accident at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant. The International Atomic Energy Agency recently released a five-volume report and made those findings. Tests to break the foundation piles that support offshore wind turbines show that current construction approaches may be too conservative and that lower costs could be achieved by reducing the amount of steel that’s used. The tests were done by DONG Energy and ESG in two locations in water off the coasts of England and France.
  • ASME B31 Piping Codes - An Engineer's Guide

    09 Sep 2015
    From the new designer wanting to know how to size a pipe wall thickness or design a spring to the expert piping engineer wanting to understand some nuance or intent of the Code, everyone whose career involves process piping will find this to be a valuable reference.
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