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How do the principles of weather vane design change for underwater applications?

I am doing some research into the use of weather vanes under water. This "water vane" would serve the same function as a weather vane does in air, just while submerged in water. I understand that ...
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Electronically controlled fusion reactor

It seems that currently, only two types of fusion reactor styles are being used for large scale testing: the Stellarator and the Tokamak. Both of these and a whole bunch of other designs have been ...
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Can light concentrated through convex lens be “cooled down?”

I've just been assigned this biology design project where I'm being tasked to create a device for maximizing "sunlight exposure" of crops and am unsure of this particular question, for the design of ...
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Why does bike trip on the opposite side when turning the handle?

It can be observed on a stationary bike and also on a moving bike that on giving a jerk on the handle the bike leans to the opposite direction in which the jerk is given. Is it due to angular momentum,...
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Slowing the late descent of an atmospheric probe in a gas/ice giant exploration [closed]

I remember the 1995 descent of the Galileo atmospheric module in Jupiter atmosphere. The robust casing made it withstand several dozens of bars of pressure before going out. What measures could be ...
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Understanding hyperloop design

I am trying to understand some choices of hyper-loop designers. The effort seems to be focused on trying to bring a near vacuum (space-like) environment to ground level. Why would it not be easier ...
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Measure force produced by air pressure in pipe system with valve

I'm attempting to design a system that uses pressurised air to shoot tennis balls and am struggling to find the right mathematics to calculate the necessary air pressure and volume needed to propel ...
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Tuning fork having 2 arms [duplicate]

Why there is 2 arms in the tuning fork? It can have 1 or more than 2 arms. If we think to create more resonance, then we can construct a tuning fork having many arms
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How to find power required for rotating blades given the required shear cutting force [closed]

I want to design a sugar cane bud cutting machine. The rotating blades are connected to the output shaft of a speed reduction box ($30\,{\rm rpm}$). The shear force required for cutting is $1200\,{\rm ...
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Can the field of an earth magnet be changed using electricity this way?

Is there any way to coil a wire around a permanent magnetic and apply an electrical current in which a permanent magnet field can be neutralized, increased or reversed? Just like making a simple ...
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How does thickness of film affect the quality of the a thin film polarizer?

I have limited optical experience as a biomedical engineering student and am currently trying to spec out a polarizing filter. I understand that there are performance parameters, such as extinction ...
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Best cell-phone case design for impact energy absorption?

I've noticed two trends in rugged cell-phone cases: Lots of soft material An inner layer of soft material coupled with an outer layer of hard material. Considering an equal thickness for both ...
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In a fusion reactor like Tokamak, how is fuel injected without destroying the fuel injector? [closed]

Plasma temperatures in a tokamak are around 100 million C. Presumably for a power plant that will run for a long period of time, fuel will have to be injected and "burnt" products will have to be ...
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holes in an electronic circuit [closed]

Many times, by looking at electronics circuits I noticed that they have like small holes printed in yhem. The question I want to ask is, what s the purpose of these holes?
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Mechanical properties crown cap [closed]

What are the important mechanical properties to look at when designing a crown cork and why? Thank you in advance
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Why do most office chairs have 5 wheels?

(Inspired by Why are four legged chairs so common?) I've been wondering for a while... Why do most wheeled office chairs have 5 wheels? My guess would be that while stability vs. simplicity results ...
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Why are four-legged chairs so common?

Four-legged chairs are by far the most common form of chair. However, only three legs are necessary to maintain stability whilst sitting on the chair. If the chair were to tilt, then with both a four-...
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How to calculate planar window's buckling pressure in vacuum chamber wall

I can't find the formula, I can see some formulas for circular windows are given here [1] (thanks CERN!). For example with a circular (flat/dome?) window, buckling pressure ($p_\text{CL}$) and max ...
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Reason for audio speaker diaphragm shape [duplicate]

Why are the diaphragms on audio speakers usually a cone with a dome in the centre? I don't know much about acoustics but my guesses would be: it just empirically sounds better, the design was found ...
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How to design a Bitter electromagnet? [closed]

I am designing electromagnets at my home and want to know how can I design electromagnets at home. Bitter electromagnets are really a challenge.
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Alternative type energy storage to batteries? [closed]

When designing portable devices it is usually the battery that stores its energy, because it has a high energy density that allows even small batteries to run up to a year, given appropriate circuit ...
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Fresnel Rhomb Retarder specifications

In my homework I have a Fresnel rhomb retarder and I am asked to calculate the retardance. I have the refractive index in terms of the wavelength(dispersion equation) and the phase difference incurred ...
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The strength and control over the strength of electromagnets, correlation between the strength and weight of the magnets

I am currently working on a project that aims to use the attraction & repulsion between two electromagnets as an alternative to weights, from a physiotherapy and rehabilitation perspective to help ...
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What is “full clutching flow” in fluid-dynamics with regards venturi design?

As the title says, what is "full clutching flow" in fluid-dynamics with regards venturi design? I came across this reference a few times and can not find any further info on it, I'm currently ...
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From which side should I solder electrical feedthroughs into a vacuum flange?

I work on an experiment that requires electrical connections to a vacuum vessel, which is submerged in liquid helium (LHe). For sending the signals into the vessel, we use a feedthrough flange. I am ...
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Design of atomic bomb [closed]

Please see the following photo. (I cannot post it) http://i1163.photobucket.com/albums/q554/startanewww/CIMG4548.jpg Why is atomic bomb in a "fish-like" shape? (I don't know how to describe it) Is it ...
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What is the best material and design for building a parabolic dish? [closed]

I'm currently using a homemade metallic spaghetti strainer with a wifi adapter inside it to increase my wifi adapter's signal reception, but would think that a different material, like the aluminum ...
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Can anyone estimate what proportion of water remains after I flush a toilet?

Imagine I have a clean toilet with some amount of water in the bowl. When I flush the toilet much of that water will be displaced by the tank's water. I want to work out (or model really) what amount ...
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How is/do they plan on having fusion energy collected at the National Ignition Facility?

I was just watching a program on television showing how the method they use at the National Ignition Facility to attempt to achieve fusion is to fire extremely powerful lasers at a small pellet of ...
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Proof Human Designs for Fusion Could Work

Are there convincing proofs on paper that fusion is possible the various ways humans are trying to design machines to do it or is the only way absolutely proven to work in theory also the only way ...
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Why do aircraft inner wings lose lift when turning?

first question here, so please be gentle! I'm reading an entry-level engineering course book and am currently up to discussion of aircraft design. There's one particular statement that is unclear to ...
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Design of a common table fan

A few questions about the design of a common table fan, such as below. Does the round disc (silver in the image) in front of the blades serve any functional purpose? Does the metal casing around the ...