Advances in military aircraft technology since World War II are astounding, but updates to the temporary, portable materials on which those craft sometimes land have not kept pace. Researchers at The University of Alabama and the Army Corps of Engineers seek to modernize those runways.
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Using sunlight to create energy may seem a simple concept, but simple ideas often take creative solutions to become reality.
Deafening noise during combustion can lead to jet engine failure. A University of Alabama engineering professor, working with the U.S. Navy, uses a sponge-like material to reduce engine noise at its source.
Most people know about refrigerator magnets. How about magnetic refrigerators? A University of Alabama professor of physics says a magnetic refrigerator operating at room temperature would use a third as much electricity as a typical home refrigerator. But there’s reasons you won’t yet find one on aisle five.
In a step toward developing lighter, more fuel efficient aerospace vehicles, Dr. Samit Roy collaborates with NASA on ways to strengthen an amazingly-light solid.
Think, for a second, about the size of a red blood cell. Now, imagine anything that’s about 7,000 times smaller. That would be a nanometer. It’s also representative of the world in which a host of University of Alabama researchers are involved.
Pumping gas into your car may be unnecessary in a few years. Instead, many vehicles on the highways could run on hydrogen fuel cells. Research at The University of Alabama is helping move this scenario toward reality.
If less is more, researchers in The University of Alabama’s Center for Materials Information Technology, or MINT, have struck gold in their attempts to discover how to store greater amounts of data in smaller storage spaces.