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Is an Adjustable Stiffness Flexure Spring possible?

I have recently discovered flexure springs (see image below), and I am interested in using one in an amateur project I am building. However, I would prefer if I am able to adjust the "stiffness" of ...
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Finding the velocity of water flowing through a gravel filled pipe

I have a scenario where I have water flowing through a gravel filled pipe, and I need to find the velocity. The pipe is gravity fed (no pumps). My approach is to find the seepage velocity ($V_s$) ...
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How Can You Calculate Force to Overcome Friction From an O-Ring Seal?

I essentially have a piston in a tube that is sealed with an O-Ring and actuated with a solenoid. The friction of the O-Ring however, is higher than estimated (guessed as far as I can tell) by the ...
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How to compare small and large scale model of an IC engine to predict force, torque, rpm etc generated by actual engine?

I have this 6 cylinder radial engine designed in Solidworks. Rendering Blueprint (Source:Inventor Wizards) And I want to perform some motion analysis on this engine to make some prediction about it'...
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How do I loop through annotations in NX using the NXOpen API in VB?

I'm writing a script to extract all the dimensions from a 2D drawing in NX. In doing so, I have been able to get the dimensions and tolerances on all sheets, along with the zone numbers. This has been ...
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How to estimate effective area of contact between rough surfaces as function of surface roughness

The engineering problem that I am trying to solve is the following: I have two elements of a magnetic circuit that I must keep in contact through threaded fasteners. The primary objective is to ...
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How to design an enclosure around the load cell (Beam type)?

Hardware and Electronics Used: Arduino UNO, HX711 ADC Load cell amplifier, Load Cell (2Kg); Currently, I am working on a project which requires me to put load cell along with the other circuitry in an ...
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Does it matter what direction a herringbone gear turns?

Obviously, the forces and pressures should mostly be the same, but just in reverse. But when play, flex, and such are accounted for, are there any subtle differences to having a herringbone gear turn ...
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What optics and display are used in Microsoft HoloLens?

How does Microsoft project an image so close to the eye yet understandable by the brain? How is the display transparent? This link has good information but is speculative. https://www.reddit.com/r/...
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Band Brake placed Perpendicular to the Diameter bisecting the Angle of Contact

I was asked the question: A band brake is installed on a drum rotating at 250rpm and a diameter of 900mm. The angle of contact is 1.5pi radians and one end of the brake band is fasted to a ...
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Sign convention for angular velocities in 3D gear train

Consider a Humpage gear train shown above. We are viewing the gear train from right and gear B is rotating in clockwise direction. If we consider clockwise direction as positive what will be the sign ...
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How to design an outrunner BLDC motor

I've difficulties to find a good documentation or a book to how to design an outrunner BLDC motor. My propose is, defined RPM and approximative kW and some other parameters, which are calculation ...
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Guidance for a CAD model of a product

Hi Everyone! I am a novice in CAD modeling, and I am familiar with only two CAD tools - Autodesk fusion 360 and Solidworks. I want to make a CAD model of a product with the outer pod or shell as seen ...
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Spectrometer design

I am looking to design a compact spectrometer based on using one single concave grating as both the dispersive optic and the imaging optic. I am investigating these gratings: https://www.edmundoptics....
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Will high velocity air directed underneath a half-toroid shaped Coanda saucer by a centrifugal impeller create a lifting force?

I would like to know if a lifting force will be created by the Coanda effect from high velocity air that is directed underneath a half-toroid shaped saucer by a centrifugal impeller. I am seeking an ...
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Component selection type for fluid-mechanical system

I am creating an enclosure and need to get a water supply through a plastic wall inside to the core device. I imagine this water line will be a flexible tube and will screw on or snap to an adapter on ...
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Applying ISO fits to radial bearings

Do you need to take the bearing size tolerance into account when creating the tolerances for the mating hole/shaft when using ISO 286 tolerances? For example, a 125 mm OD bearing with a desired H7 ...
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Jamming & linear guiding

For a linear guiding I need to know the concept and understand the jamming limits. See picture. If I choose concept 1 or concept 2, what will be the value of X? How can I calculate this?
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Building a custom indirect actuator, any thoughts?

I’m trying to create a custom indirect actuator, that is controlled by a microcontroller, for a custom robotics project. I have selected motor and gears (according to Fd = W = T2*pi) so that the ...
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Detachable tubing connections (joints) for frame assembly

I am looking into fabricating a steel tubing frame that needs to be dis/assembled (applies to many larger furniture like bed, shelving unit, wardrobe, cupboard, cabinet, ...). What are the variants of ...
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Limit state design/ LRFD of short steel columns

Why do we use the yield strength as the limiting strength in short column design when using limit state design. Why is the full capacity of the material not utilized (as is the case with beams when we ...
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How much torque is needed to mix melted marshmallow with rice krispie?

I am designing a robot to make rice krispie treats! More specifically, I want to use a fork to mix the melted marshmallow with rice krispie. I am currently specing out the motor, and since marshmallow+...
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I am working on a propeller design, and I've came through Jblade which helped me in the airfoil design, yet as I can remember, xflr5 can also do this... doing some internet search, i found that Jblade ...
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WEC linear inputs

I have seen some designs being made for linear generators for WEC(wave energy) applications. A buoy driving a shaft. But what if the shaft inside was a rack and pinion? If you converted the ...
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Permanant extension for Fastener

I have a fastener with an accessibility problem. At the time of installation, the fastener is at the bottom of a crowded box with obstructions varying stiffness (Metal Plates and harnessing). It is ...
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Design of fan pipe for propelling glitter

I am trying to create a prototype for a glitter shooting mechanism. It is worth mentioning that I have no experience with mechanical engineering or fluid dynamics. I think the below image describes ...
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I was wondering how to design this circuit in depth, since I have no idea what to do.
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gear design.improving gear strength

For improving the gear strength, which one is better based on manufacture and economy? Increasing module or increasing N? With the same surface strength.
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How to design a magnet to handle a known force?

There is a metallical structure. I can estimate how much steel are in it. I would like to know how tall/strong a magnet should be to maintain a certain object to the metallical structure. The object ...
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Question about how to couple round servo shaft to flat shaft

I'm looking to control a commercial deadbolt using a small servo, motor, or gear motor. The deadbolt has a common Schlage cylinder such as this one that has a flat shaft that runs through a slotted ...
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Designing a piston pump for windpump

I am designing a savonius type wind pump for low wind speeds(avg speed = 2.7 m/s), with these speeds and rotor area of about 2 m2. Acc. to my calculations, I am getting a volume flow rate of ...
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How to calculate bearing loads in a two stage helical gear box?

Here P, Q, R, S are the bearings and G1, G2, G3, G4 are four helical gears. The gear forces tangential(Kp), Axial(Ka), Radial(Kn) are known. All the distances are known. The forces acting on bearing ...
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Calculating the proper power of a motor

I'm trying to build a filament extruder with some basic available tools and materials. Simply the main principle of the machine is to insert some amount of plastic raw material ( ABS in our Case ) to ...
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Application of Bernoulli's equation between stationary and moving reference points

I'm working on a pipe design problem using Bernoulli's equation, from first principles. The pipe is from a water storage reservoir (point 1) and discharges into a river (point 2). These are my two ...
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Pavement stage construction; reduction of Structual Properties

Which properties of flexible pavement layers are reduced (discounted) in a stage construction design with an overlayed layer? Thickness of stage 1 Layers? Structural Number ? Modulus of Resilience ? ...
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What happens, when the pump discharge velocity is faster than 3 m/s?

I am doing a gerotor pump application design. I know the velocity of the suction port should be 1 ~ 2 m/s to avoid cavitation. Since I have enough space for suction port, it is not a problem. Yet, ...
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What is the best heat and moisture resistant adhesive?

I have to join metal to metal (Aluminium or SS piece onto a vertical SS wall) that could take a shear load of say, 600gm with an area of contact of around 2cm^2. The environment is above boiling ...
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How to support height extender on a rail?

I've got an 1/8" thick steel rail with 1.5" diameter and 15' in length sitting on two 5/32" thick steel rails with 2.5" diameter and 100" in length 14' apart: I want to add a diagonal support for a ...