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Issue 4 • Dec. 1991

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  • Diamonds (atomic structure and properties)

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):9 - 12
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    The atomic structure and properties of diamonds, which can now be routinely synthesized, are examined. Applications of synthetic diamonds, are described. The range of applications includes cutting, grinding, rolling (bearings), transferring pressure, decreasing friction, and recently in electronics. They are most commonly used for a hard edge on cutting tools. Problems associated with diamond manu... View full abstract»

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  • R&D performance-does matrix size and number of projects assigned affect it?

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):23 - 25
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    Recent criticisms of matrix organizational structures are examined. The authors articulated what they regarded as two inherent hypotheses inherent in the criticisms: (1) fewer project assignments for R&D personnel will result in higher performance levels; and (2) as the size of a matrix organization increases, performance will decrease. They carried out a field study to test the hypotheses. Analys... View full abstract»

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  • Layout-blocking in behavioral patterns on chips

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):29 - 33
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    The nature and role of VLSI CAD systems are examined. The fabrication and operation of MOS transistors and inverters, two basic components of VLSI circuits, are described. Layout level description of circuits is discussed, and automatic layout systems are considered. The placement and routing problems are also discussed.<> View full abstract»

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  • All about fuses-what you need to know but were shorted on in class

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):34 - 36
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    Ratings, fuse performance, selective coordination, and standards are examined. Standard Class H and HRC (high rupturing capacity, also known as current limiting) fuses are described. Current trends in fuse technology are briefly summarized.<> View full abstract»

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  • Laboratory robotics-getting machines to do the hazardous work

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):6 - 8
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    The types of tasks for which robots are used in laboratories are identified. Two specific types of laboratory robotic systems currently in use at Los Alamos are described. One is a plutonium dissolution system. The other, dubbed ROBOCAL, loosely stands for robotic calorimetry and gamma isotopic system. Both applications involve the handling of hazardous materials View full abstract»

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  • High temperature superconductors-a progress report

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):37 - 40
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    The discovery of the copper-oxide-based high transition temperature superconductors is reviewed, and their properties are described. The structure of one of the families of these compounds, the yttrium barium copper oxides, is examined. The fabrication of thin films of high-Tc superconductors is discussed. View full abstract»

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