The coronavirus pandemic has accelerated the already promising field of humanoid robot development to allow for greater social distancing. An ASME Infographic examines 10 of the most versatile and promising examples, including robots that can perform surgery, deliver packages and serve beverages.
Even effective filtration may not be enough to prevent the spread of pathogens like the coronavirus in passenger vehicles, but Qingyan Chen, a professor of mechanical engineering at Purdue University, is working on an alternative. It's a system for airplanes that creates a clean-air breeze that begins at floor level and leverages a passenger's body warmth to generate a plume of individualized and virus-free air.
Researchers at Duke University have proposed using a set of complex linear temporal logic commands to control hundreds of robots. The team overcame memory storage and power processing obstacles by using incremental graphs instead of large ones.
Michigan State University's Institute of Water Research will use a $1 million grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to promote better nutrient management over about 20,000 acres of farmland in Saginaw River watershed. The project's goal is to reduce runoff of farming nutrients into rivers and lakes.
Officials in Carteret County, N.C., are planning to open bids by July 30 for the third phase of a renourishment project at Bogue Banks beach. The final phase of the Hurricane Florence recovery project will cover the last stretch of battered beach along western Emerald Isle.
The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality says builders of the Mountain Valley Pipeline continued to violate sediment and erosion rules last year after paying a $2.15 million settlement. State regulators are now seeking an additional fine of $86,000.
The small batch sizes, long life cycles and loading properties of aerospace and defense products make them ideal for 3D printing, GE Additive says. The technology has fallen into an "80-20" rule regarding how often it meets its potential, says Ivan Straznicky of Curtiss-Wright.
Mechanical engineers at Johns Hopkins University have used in-situ X-ray measurements to demonstrate the connection between a granular material's fine-scale structure and the behavior of waves propagating through them. "These measurements are the highest fidelity dataset to-date investigating ultrasound, forces, and structure in granular materials," said Ryan Hurley, assistant professor of mechanical engineering.
The Virginia Safety and Health Codes Board has set standards for employers, including requirements to follow guidelines posted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The new standards create strict guidelines for employers to follow and lays out potential fines.