Optoelectronic devices deal with light, and they function to control, detect, or generate it. These devices serve many various applications across different segments and are a rapidly expanding field of technology. Light that optoelectronics are concerned with include visible, infrared, gamma, x-ray, and ultraviolet (UV). Often, these optoelectronic devices will use detected light as a way to transform light signals into electrical signals for various processes or functionalities. In this blog, we will discuss the principles of optoelectronics, common examples of such devices, as well as their advantages and disadvantages.


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In the realm of aviation, there are various flying machines that achieve flight through the use of various technologies, aerodynamics, and more. These can include aircraft, helicopters, hot air balloons, gliders, and airships.Fixed wing aircraft are a special type that feature wings to achieve flight through lift. In this blog, we will discuss the common components of fixed wing aircraft that make them distinct from other types of flying machines.


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Regardless of whether you’re a novice in the aviation industry or well versed in the mechanics of the industry, it’s worth knowing about the APU, or auxiliary power unit, in an aircraft. Put simply, the APU acts as an extra source of power for the main engines on a business jet or airliner. Equipped with an additional electrical generator, the APU is designed to produce sufficient fuel for the aircraft’s galley electrics, cockpit avionics, onboard lighting and more. It is also manufactured to heat up and cool down the aircraft by way of drawing bleed air from its own compressor.


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Almost all conventional aircraft mount an autopilot system. Designed to maintain an aircraft’s altitude and direction during a flight, autopilots are primarily used to reduce the work strain and fatigue for pilots while controlling an aircraft during long flights. Autopilot systems can be programmed to keep the aircraft stabilized in lateral, vertical, and longitudinal directions.


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Turbulence is something that many flyers have experienced, and often can affect various structures, such as the wings. Despite the fears that some may have, it is actually almost impossible for the aircraft’s wings to be greatly affected or impaired by turbulence. This is due to the material and structural breakup of wings, as well as their design that allows them to have the ability to bend without losing any integrity of the structure.


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There are numerous different types of pressure sensing devices, with names that can be confusing to the uninformed and uninitiated. All of these terms are specific to variable capacitive sensing technologies, which handle the detection and measurement of fluid pressure through the change in voltage across a capacitor. Variable capacitance is used in applications that need an extremely high degree of accuracy, like engine test stands and pressure decay leak detection. The most common terms are sensors, transducers, transmitters, and switches, which we will explore in this blog.


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Many applications and devices need to switch currents with high isolation, or require the ability to switch high voltages and high currents with a low power control signal. Sometimes, a solution based on semiconductors simply isn’t enough. Designers sometimes have to utilize electromechanical relays and contactors to provide the control they need.


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Given the complexity of modern turbofan engines, tools meant for maintaining them must be appropriately specialized for the task. In this blogpost, we’ll break down the six types of tools that’ll be the most frequently used in turbine engine maintenance and should never be missing from your toolbox.


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The production cost of an aircraft is staggering, thus, training an inexperienced pilot in one is counterintuitive. The cost of human lives is also something to consider; would-be pilots don’t have enough experience and have the potential to damage the aircraft or injure themselves. Therefore, a flight simulator is the perfect solution. Flight simulators recreate the experience of flying an aircraft by utilizing virtual reality software for the purpose of pilot training and technical development. The aircraft systems, flight controls, and air conditions are all replicated, allowing the pilot to experience different flight scenarios. Simulators can range from full-sized cockpits on hydraulic actuators with state-of-the-art technology to desktop computer-based games.


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Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are currently the most efficient light bulb on the market, often out-performing formerly popular compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and incandescent bulbs. The lights have the potential to create a more sustainable future for energy in the United States. It is estimated that if every American replaced one conventional light bulb with an LED, the energy savings would be equivalent to removing the greenhouse gas emissions of 800,000 cars. Let’s take a look at the history of LEDs, and how their technology has the capacity to change power consumption in the United States.


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Have you ever wondered why the phrase “the nuts and bolts of it” exists? The reasoning might help in remembering the biggest difference between screws and bolts. A bolt is defined as a threaded fastener with a nut and a flat bottom. It requires a nut to secure it to a material. The bolt can only be loosened when torque is applied to the nut. A screw, for all intents and purposes, is a threaded fastener without those attributes— it is defined as a screw head with a circular helical ridge. Screws are fastened by applying torque to the head.


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Gears are little confusing. There are so many different terms that can be used for the same thing, and there are so many slightly different things that the same general term can refer to. And “gearbox” is one of those terms. Despite the fact that they actually refer to slightly different gear arrangements, gearboxes are other interchangeably used with “gearhead” and “gear reducer”.


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Fasteners are typically small hardware pieces such as washers, screws, studs fasteners and more. Fasteners are used in several different industries including aerospace. One of the oldest and most common fasteners on the market is the nail. The standard nail is made of a shank, or a metal rod, and is flat at the top with an end that is pointed. Nails are typically hammered into wood, drywall, etc. and are used to fasten materials together. The standard nail is made from steel, but other variations include aluminum, brass, bronze, iron, or copper. The United States alone has over 300 different types of nails manufactured, most of which are used in residential construction.


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