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Tim Poole, JDR Cables, Cambridgeshire, UK
Mark Yeoman, Continuum Blue, Hengoed, UK
JDR Cables designs-to-spec and manufactures subsea umbilical systems of cables and reelers for the oil and gas and renewable energy industries. In these designs, the harsh environments of deep water pressure, wind and waves, as well as the rough ocean floor must all be considered, along with the forces acting on cables from being pulled and deployed through tight-radius reels. A challenge for ...
Soren Find Madsen
Global Lightning Protection Services A/S, Lejre, Denmark
Søren Find Madsen, Global Lightning Protection Services A/S, Lejre, Denmark Global Lightning Protection Services A/S (GLPS) is an engineering consultant firm specializing in lightning protection. Their current research involves protecting wind turbines from lightning strikes, which can interfere with the electronic equipment in the housing of the turbines. To analyze optimum design, GLPS ...
Zeeko Ltd is a technology company that manufactures corrective polishing machines for optics and other surfaces. They are presently researching fluid jet polishing (FJP), which pumps a mixture of water and abrasive particles through a nozzle onto a work piece. Unfortunately, FJP tends to introduce waveforms on to the polished surfaces, which in turn causes serious problems with optics. It is ...
University of Duisburg-Essen, Duisburg, Germany
Germany's Technical Center for Ships and Naval Weapons, Bundeswehr, Germany
Submarines create underwater electric potential (UEP) signatures when using corrosion protection systems. These signatures are detectable by enemy vessels, an undesirable effect of the corrosion protection. Germany’s Technical Center for Ships and Naval Weapons (WTD 71) has worked with the Laboratory for General and Theoretical Electrical Engineering (ATE) at the University of Duisburg-Essen to ...
Dr. Rolf Disselnkötter
ABB AG, Ladenburg, Germany
Transformers have been around for quite a while but their fundamentals are still being investigated by ABB in Ladenburgh, Germany. The ABB Corporate Research Centre is currently developing sophisticated magnetic sensors, using finite element analysis (FEA) to investigate the way in which external electrical sources and loads impact a magnetic subsystem like a transformer core. Their goal is to ...
Alexander Frey and Ingo Kuehne
Siemens Corporate Technology, Munich, Germany
Siemens is a technology company working with electronics and electrical engineering in industry, energy, and healthcare. Researchers at Siemens Corporate Technology are experimenting with an energy harvesting MEMS (Micro Electro-Mechanical System) generator. In collaboration with Continental AG, they are designing a MEMS device for use as a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). The movement ...
ABB AB Corporate Research Power Technologies
Lukas Graber, Mikael Steurer, and Tim Chiocchio
Center for Advanced Power Systems
Florida State University
Bruker Energy & Supercon Technologies
Migrating the electrical grid to a “smart grid” is usually discussed in terms of IT issues or embedded systems. Yet, just as important updating the “nuts and bolts” of the smart grid. At ABB AB Corporate Research Power Technologies in Sweden, scientists are working to reduce line current and the resulting resistive loss in cables caused by the use of increased voltage in modern transmission ...
David Smith & Yaroslav Urzhumov
Pratt School of Engineering
NASA Glen Research Center, Cleveland, OH
Fabio Alves and Gamani
Naval Postgraduate School
Metamaterials are manufactured, structured materials that they can interact and manipulate wave phenomena such that objects surrounded by metamaterials are shielded from these waves. In the case of light, metamaterials make these objects ‘invisible’. Researchers throughout the world are applying these materials to many different applications. At NASA Glen Research Center, physicists are ...
Numerical Simulation-Based Topology Optimization Leads to Better Cooling of Electronic Components in Toyota Hybrid Vehicles
Toyota Research Institute of North America, MI, USA
The Toyota Research Institute in Ann Arbor drives cutting-edge research in energy efficiency, mobility infrastructure, and safety. Here, Ercan Dede and his team are designing heat sinks (or cold plates), which are affixed to fragile electrical systems and other applications in Toyota’s hybrid vehicles. Their simulations simulate the cold plate’s topology for improved cooling efficiency while ...
Leopoldo Rossini, Emmanuel Onillon, & Olivier Chetelat
CSEM SA, Neuchatel, Switzerland
CSEM is a private applied research and development center specializing in micro-technology, system engineering, micro-electronics, and communications technologies. One of their latest projects is working on minimizing the weight of satellite attitude control systems as every gram of payload matters when launching a satellite into orbit (€15,000 per kilogram). CSEM hopes to accomplish this task ...