Engineers copy snapping shrimp to produce underwater plasma

Tech Xplore | March 18, 2019

A team of mechanical engineers at Texas A&M University has found a way to generate plasma underwater by copying the snapping action of shrimp. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the group describes how they created a mechanical snapping shrimp claw in their lab and how well it worked.
Scientists have been able to create plasma underwater for some time-mostly by using electricity. Welding is done underwater using just such a technique. Lasers have also been used, but neither method is very efficient. In this new effort, the researchers sought to come up with a more efficient way to generate plasma underwater by mimicking the actions of the snapping shrimp.

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Leading members of the Architecture, Engineering & Construction industry have begun championing the adoption of a Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) approach to projects-a change that is slowly but dramatically transforming the way projects are completed. VDC describes the process through which a design and construction team collaboratively simulates every step of a construction project before beginning work on the actual job site.

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Leading members of the Architecture, Engineering & Construction industry have begun championing the adoption of a Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) approach to projects-a change that is slowly but dramatically transforming the way projects are completed. VDC describes the process through which a design and construction team collaboratively simulates every step of a construction project before beginning work on the actual job site.

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Habitat for Humanity, the University of Windsor, and nidus3D Partner on North America’s First Multi-Unit 3D Printed Homes

NIDUS3D | May 16, 2022

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Cadence Completes Acquisition of Future Facilities

Cadence | July 18, 2022

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