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Mechanical to electrical power conversion calculations [closed]

Im doing a certain project of power generation from rotating shaft that is not uniform (rotations). I just know the shaft rotations that can be produced. What would be the next calculations to ...
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How does this slide switch work?

I want to use this slide switch SL13-213C (DP3T) (Datasheet), but I'm not sure about how the connector work. The first image on the left comes from the datasheet. The rest is my understanding. Is it ...
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Aren't actuators mechanical devices, and so aren't they part of the mechanical system?

I am currently studying Mechatronics: Electronic Control Systems in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, seventh edition, by William Bolton. Chapter 1 Introducing Mechatronics has the following ...
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Is this scenario an efficient way of generating electricity?

I will try my best in order to provide information which could help you imagine the scenario. Accurate results are not compulsory. I am generating electricity using a 5kW alternator but for the ...
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Varying PMDC motor shaft rpm, how does it affect efficiency?

I am working on a project to harvest electrical power from a rowing machine by connecting a permanent magnet DC motor to the flywheel of the rower. However, my knowledge of electrical motors, and ...
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Persistent Mechanical Feedback

I am looking for a device (preferably in a small form factor) that can provide feedback for the user even after the power has been removed from the PCB (No, I don't want a battery powered solution.). (...
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Supporting SMT electrolytic capacitors in high vibration environments

I recently experienced a situation where an engine ECU failed. The post-failure analysis showed that two capacitors had broken loose from the board due to stress from vibration. I have replaced the ...
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Mechanical Circuit Analog Question

I'm doing a practice problem from https://6002.catsoop.org/F19/ex11/mechanical_analog The problem is as follows: A mass m = 10 kg is at rest on a horizontal plane with viscous friction coefficient B =...
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How to create a mechanical vibration?

I need to create a system which will make vibrate horizontally a plastic tube of diameter 4cm, of height 3cm, which axis is vertical, and whose weight is 11g. The frequency should be modifiable ...
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Driving relay directly from optocoupler, what is best?

I'm designing a smart socket using an ESP-32 and a mechanical relay that can drive 5A at 240VAC. Following typical relay driving circuits, I would like to use an optocoupler between the MCU and relay. ...
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When to use a terminal pin?

Would you ever be advised to solder hookup wire to a terminal pin (and maybe sleeve it with heat shrink) instead of soldering it directly to the PCB?
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20A or 30A fuse in 200A fuse clips — is nesting reducers OK?

So, I am trying to figure out the cleanest way to make a 20A or 30A tap from a 200A circuit (single hot + neutral) that is being run through a fusible safety switch (NEMA style, as this is in the USA),...
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simple design for mechanized home automation devices to stop at limits [closed]

can you point me to any existing designs or ideas for simple DIY type mechanism to ... for example... roll up/ roll down a motorized movie screen and stop when it gets to some specific limits. i ...
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PCI card electromechanical specification

I am making an old PCI (5V) form factor card for a product, and am having a hard time finding any sort of reliable drawing showing the official dimensions of the gold fingers, key cutouts, and their ...
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Why has the XBOX360 controllers battery pack an integrated breaker contact

Everyone owning a XBOX360 with wireless controllers came across a phenomenon where older controllers were switching off randomly while playing or if they were moved too quickly. Me and everyone i know ...
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How to keep users from breaking push button switches

I'm designing an enclosure for a device with a push button switch. The external button on the enclosure is physically large so I am concerned people will apply too much force and break the switch or ...
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Can a PCB footprint be extracted from a solid model?

I usually just make a PCB footprint if I need it (Solidworks PCB, Altium, Protel99, OrCAD, etc). I'm an electrical engineer. I've seen very nice 3D solid models for some parts and I wonder if the PCB ...
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Control a solenoid position “in / out” with power only (no spring)

I'm going to use a < 5$ solenoid (vertically oriented) that has to press something. If I understand well, a linear solenoid like this one: moves to one precise position when powered, but when you ...
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Basic Solenoid Question

I have a super simple question about solenoids. If I wired this, a 120v solenoid valve, to a 3 prong male plug would this cheap chinese humidity controller be able to control it? My assumption is ...
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How thick is a computer RAM module?

I was just using a DDR3 RAM module as a feeler gauge and it fit the gap perfectly. However, then I tried to find out how thick it actually is and I couldn't find any specs. I'm assuming it's ...
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Meaning of a potentional tolerance value for a dimension in a mechanical drawing

The mechanical drawing below contains two dimensions (2-Ø2.30 and 4-Ø0.92) that I can't make heads or tails of. I have spent quite a while researching mechanical dimensional and tolerance conventions ...
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How is a display with colored cylinders instead of flip-discs / flip-dots called?

The Rossio railway station in Lisbon (Portugal) uses little colored cylinders for parts of their displays (marked in red). I'd be really interested in getting more information about them, but I ...
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What motor do i use to rotate a tumbler at low RPM and high torque which run by a battery charged by solar?

I am gonna run the motor to turn a tumbler of 50-85 kg @ 5 rpm MAX. The motor will be powered by a battery which will be charged by solar. So should i go for a DC or AC motor? Single phase or 3 ...
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How to mount pcb with IEC320-C14 power entry connector inside enclosure

I am making a PCB which has one IEC320-C14 and one IEC320-C13 connector on it (Like this one). The PCB will be quite small, just large enough for some sensing circuitry; between 5 and 8 square inches. ...
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How is the shaft of a motor fixed in its position?

Consider for example a brushed DC motor. 1- Is the shaft of the motor (which is rotor in this case), actually floating mid-air because of magnetic field of stator? Why doesn't it fall down due to ...
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Relation between dash pot and spring in forces when extracting a transfer function [closed]

If a spring load some energy and use it for opposing other forces, and a dash pot has a friction, physically the both shouldn't have the same force-displacement equation ? In most of dash pots, we ...
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why iron and steel not arcing? [duplicate]

I'm messing around with a 3-6 V to 20-40kv converter My question is when I try steel, aluminum, or iron it doesn't send electric through air and arc, like this picture But when i use copper to make ...
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How are manually and electromechanically actuatable switches called?

I'm looking for (the name of) a part that is basically a bistable relay that has a mechanical interface as well, but I don't know how to look for it. I have seen a simpler but similar part in a ...
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Which type of DC electric motor is the best suited for driving a mechanical clock?

I want to drive a clock mechanism with a motor. In order to get acceptable accuracy I need a motor that can deliver a certain rpm very precisely, is low on vibrations, noise and power consumption, and ...
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Why no macroscopic electrostatic electromechanical parts?

So, I understand that relays, motors, and other electromechanical devices are almost always electromagnetic devices. Why is this? I know that electrostatic motors exist, but what makes them ...
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Possible causes of loss of electrical contact between PCB traces and male USB Type A connector pins soldered to PCB?

I have a problem that I've been embarrassingly working on for months and unable to completely solve. I'm a hobbyist and I have a simple PCB with a male USB Type A connector soldered to it: some of my ...
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What is the usable area (for connectors) of a PCI Express card bracket?

I have a number of awkwardly shaped connectors that I need to cram into a single PCI Express slot metal bracket without any of them colliding with the host PC case's metalwork. The connectors are a ...
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Costs of Conductive Silicone/Rubber Keypad vs. Mechanical Switches?

I am toying around with some new mechanical design ideas. One thing I've never looked at it is the rubber keypads with the conductive "pucks" underneath. I've always used mechanical switches, or ...
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What determines the continous ratings of electric motors?

I've seen variations of this torque-speed curve for brushless DC motor performance, and I'm curious what criteria determine the rated torque and speed of permanent magnet DC motors in general. Does ...
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Electronic urn pumps [closed]

How exactly do electronic auto dispensers/pumps, such as this one, work? What are the mechanics behind it? (I'd appreciate any information provided, even if it's a comment.)
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Relationship between volts and Mechanical Energy

I am studying Electrical Engineering and I came across one definition of the volt being defined as follows: V = J / C Where "V" is voltage measured in "volts", "J" is energy measured in "joules" and ...
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A mechano-electro-magnetical control circuit

I came up with the following mechano-electro-magnetical control circuit. The system as depicted here is in equilibrium, i.e. the upper spring s1 is relaxed , the upper circuit is closed (C1 producing ...
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Magnetic power connectors (ie. “dots”) for slim power supply connection

This may be more of a mechanical question, but does anyone know what these magnetic power connectors are called? You see these on Fitbits and other IoT devices. I'm building an IoT board, that has ...
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Can the COM and NO terminals of a mechanical relay be used interchangeably?

I have a 240v 30a relay and for layout purposes it may be helpful to orient the relay such that the NO contact is where I’d like the COM contact to be. As it is a NO relay can I simply connect my ...
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Small, low power electrically driven mechanical latch?

I am trying to design a mechanical system which will allow ~2mm of movement (against only its own friction of movement) when an electrical signal from logic circuit is given. Think: a coin suspended ...
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Motor that allows threaded rod to pass through

Is there a motor that can travel linearly up and down a threaded rod. I already know that you can attach a motor to the end of a threaded rod and make a nut travel along the threaded rod but this is ...
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How much electric power can we generate at home by use of treadmill like devices and dynamo? [closed]

I goto gym to burn about 600-1000 KCal. Instead, can we conserve this and be less dependent on grid for basic lighting and TV and other electrical energy needs at home? What are challenges today?
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Friction Coefficient of AC motor [closed]

Does the Friction Coefficient "B" of AC Motor changes with the change of a load connected to an AC motor? OR it is always constant?
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NTC Thermistor Failure Over Time

I am using 0402 nominally 10k\$\Omega\$ NTC thermistors that are soldered onto a flex PCB which is then adhered to the point of interest in an Alumina based thermal adhesive. The thermistors have ...
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dc motors to control unmanned ground vehicle [closed]

This is my first large project as an electrical engineering student and I'm working with DC motors for the very first time. I'm working on designing an unmanned ground vehicle that will weigh ...
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Types of push button mechanisms

I am having troubles with some push buttons, such that some of them work, some of them sometimes works, and some of them just do not work. In an attempt to find the cause of the issue, I took one ...
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Solution for solenoid valve with can give flow without power? or any other alternative way of it?

I want to use a Solenoid valve for my project, the valve will be used for water in which is facing one problem if there is no power, how can we get water from the valve, I don't want to add any kind ...
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How does mechanical absolute encoder work?

I want to know more about this kind of encoder, but I can't find any source (other than wikipedia), where I can get more details about it. Can anyone explain or point me to a source where I can read ...
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Alternatives to a classic DIP switch

I'm looking for a part that enables a user to frequently change a configuration. Right now I'm utilizing a SMD DIP switch connected to an I2C I/O expander. What bothers me is the large footprint of ...
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May I use relay rated for 5A to switch 12A?

I would like to use an electromechanical relay as an H-bridge, which is capable to drive 12A at 12V. Relays able to control this current are big and expensive. Is it ok to use a compact relay with ...