“Why do tongues work?”
One of the most fascinating facets of the human body is the tongue. Its ability to move food around in one’s mouth without any bone structure is quite marvelous. However, how exactly can it do this? Well, let’s use our scientific mindsets to find out. If we analyze our tongues further, we should see that these appendages are in fact in fact constructed of muscular material. Because of this, they have an inherent flexibility where any region of the tongue can lengthen, shorten, twist, or bend at any time, allowing for a wide arrange of movement. These Muscular Hydrostats can be found in many other animals, such as the tentacles of octopi and the Trunks of elephants. Because of their diverse applications in the animal world, engineers are researching how to implement similar materials into robotics systems
Variable Speed Drives
“How can we implement powerful yet controllable motors for industrial processes?”
Industrial motors are marvelous for being able to coordinate highly intricate processes in an efficient manner. However, sometimes we may need to adjust the speed on these machines using traditional models. So how can we use our knowledge of industrial control systems and our engineering mindset to achieve this? Well, let’s get down to the basics. We know that controllers can be used to provide feedback to electric devices, such as motors. So what if we were to simply implement a controller based motor into industrial processes? Well, this is the fundamental idea behind variable speed drives, which are commonly used as energy savers in pump and fan appliances.
Intelligent Electronic Devices
“How can we control circuit elements using microprocessors?”
Electronic circuits are the bloodlines that power modern infrastructure. However, these elements have been traditionally controlled in a non-centralized manner, hampering efforts for growth. So how can we use our engineering mindset to solve this problem? Well, what if we were to simply implement microcontrollers to take in information from sensors and actuate on commands, such as breaking a circuit? Well, this is the idea behind Intelligent Electronic Devices and are quickly becoming an important component of industrial control systems.
“How can we improve on a process based on feedback?”
Processes are vital to modern engineering practice, whether it be in producing energy from municipal waste or in managing an industrial facility. However, sometimes we might encounter that there are some unaccounted inefficiencies within runtime. So how can we use our engineering mindset to solve this problem? Well, what if we were to simply include sensors to analyze these discrepancies, and then use feedback to modify our process until it runs completely smoothly? Well, this is the idea behind process control and is a must-have for modern-day industrial systems.
“How can we have a fan on our very own desktop?”
Often times, we can feel overheated at our very own desks, especially when no AC system is present. Feeling uncomfortable with the surrounding temperature can cause numerous issues, whether it be productivity impairments or even sickness! So how can we use our engineering mindset to solve this problem? Well, what if we were to simply have a miniature plug-in fan that we can have at our desks? Well, it turns out that this desktop fan has not only been invented but is also a widely available commercial product! Some fans are even USB powered, allowing them to be run straight from a computer
Industrial Control Systems
“How can we control industrial processes?”
In Industrial operations, we often have to deal with large-scale control systems along with their instrumentation. Because of this, we will need to develop various types of special control systems to monitor and process everything. These constructions are known as industrial control systems and are one of the major underpinnings of modern-day industry.
Energy Management Information Systems
“What is the future of building energy information gathering?”
If we can know the energy consumed by a building, then we could learn and do a lot. We can observe any energy-related anomalies, or at what times are our peak usage. To streamline this, we can implement something called an Energy Management Information System, or EMIS. EMIS’ can store and analyze building energy data through a collection of hardware sensors, data in computer banks, and data from the web. From here, we can then take action, and truly optimize our operations!