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Tag: mechanical and aerospace engineering

Jim Prim and George Prude pose in the Gemini Trainer used in the Apollo 11 mission.

Jul 15, 2019

Moon Landing: How NC State Helped Make That Giant Leap

The Apollo 11 space mission put men on the moon — with the aid of more than two dozen NC State scientists, researchers and engineers. 

photo of an in situ scanning electron microscopy heating and loading device.

Jul 8, 2019

New Technique Allows Real-Time Microscopy at High Heat and Loading

Researchers have demonstrated a technique that allows them to track microscopic changes in metals or other materials in real time even when the materials are exposed to extreme heat and loads for an extended period of time. 

.50 caliber round striking a target

Jun 5, 2019

Metal Foam Stops .50 Caliber Rounds as Well as Steel – At Less Than Half the Weight

Armor using composite metal foam can stop ball and armor-piercing .50 caliber rounds as well as conventional steel armor, even though it weighs less than half as much. 

photo of tetra fish and two diagrams of nanocolumns

Mar 20, 2019

Fish-Inspired Material Changes Color Using Nanocolumns

Inspired by the flashing colors of the neon tetra fish, researchers have developed a technique for changing the color of a material by manipulating the orientation of nanostructured columns in the material. 

Aug 1, 2018

New Technique Uses Templates to Guide Self-Folding 3-D Structures

Researchers have developed a new technique to control self-folding 3-D structures. 

Jul 9, 2018

New Microscopy Works at Extreme Heat, Sheds Light on Alloys for Nuclear Reactors

A new microscopy technique allows researchers to track microstructural changes in real time, even when a material is exposed to extreme heat and stress. 

Skyline view of Raleigh

Jun 26, 2018

New Tech Improves Ability to Reflect Sound Back to Its Source

Researchers have developed a device that reflects sound in the direction it came from, rather than deflecting it at an angle. 

Mar 26, 2018

Lightweight Metal Foam Blocks Blastwave, Debris From High-Explosive Rounds

Stainless steel composite metal foam can block blast pressure and fragmentation at 5,000 feet per second from high explosive incendiary rounds that detonate only 18 inches away. 

Feb 26, 2018

New Technique Allows Printing of Flexible, Stretchable Silver Nanowire Circuits

New technique prints silver nanowire circuits on flexible, stretchable substrates. 

Feb 14, 2018

What Do You Get When You Cross an Airplane With a Submarine?

The EagleRay is the first unmanned, fixed-wing aircraft capable of traveling through the air and underwater – transitioning repeatedly between sky and sea. 

Dec 11, 2017

Using New Technologies to Preserve Wildlife and Wild Spaces

NC State and its Namibian partners are using new technologies to better study and protect African wildlife. 

Nov 9, 2017

Zikry Scores Robert Henry Thurston Lecture Award

Mohammed Zikry, a pioneer in micromechanics modeling, is honored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. 

Jun 14, 2017

New Ultrasound ‘Drill’ Targets Deep Vein Blood Clots

Researchers have developed a new surgical tool that uses low-frequency intravascular ultrasound to break down blood clots. 

Jun 6, 2017

New Sound Diffuser Is 10 Times Thinner Than Existing Designs

“Ultra-thin” sound diffuser is 10 times thinner than the diffusers found in recording studios, concert venues and movie theaters. 

Mar 21, 2017

New Approach Uses Ultrasound to Measure Fluid in the Lungs

A team of engineering and medical researchers has found a way to use ultrasound to monitor fluid levels in the lung, offering a noninvasive way to track progress in treating pulmonary edema.