Technology

Automatic vs Manual Transmission

Which is better: Manual or Automatic transmission? This debate has been present for the last seven decades. Manual and automatic transmissions are completely different technologies, which use different configurations and principles. One is based on a simple gear pair, while the other is based on a planetary gear set. One …

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Tire Wear and Wheel Alignment

Wheel Alignment :   A wheel alignment consists of adjusting the angles of the wheels so that they are perpendicular to the ground and parallel to each other. The purpose of these adjustments is maximum tire life and a vehicle that tracks straight and true when driving along a straight …

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Welder for Aerospace Component – Model 480B

This model 480B, 425 ton (850K lb max., 3.8K kN max.) forge force inertia friction welder has a 1000 max. RPM rating and can weld 42 in sq (27,098 mm sq) max. tubular area. This machine is designed to weld jet engine components typically made from titanium or nickel-based heat …

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World’s first manned flight with an electric multicopter

Thomas Senkel of e-volo made the first manned flight with an electric multicopter (VTOL), the so called volocopter VC1, at an airstrip in the southwest of Germany. The flight lasted 90 seconds, after which the constructor and test pilot stated: “The flight characteristics are good natured. Without any steering input …

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