How do electronic stability controls work?
Posted March 03, 2018 05:09:52Electronic stability controls (ESCs) work by controlling the electric field of atoms within a material.
These are devices that contain a tiny electrical current and are designed to block the flow of electrons, allowing atoms to remain stable.
But as a new study from researchers at MIT and Harvard shows, it is not enough to just block the electrons.
They also have to control the electric current that the atoms emit as they move through the material.
To do this, the researchers placed an electronic stability controller in a liquid and monitored its effect on the atoms’ electrical properties.
They found that when the electronic stability controllers were in place, the electrons that emitted the most energy were also the most unstable, with the electrons producing the most electric charge.
When the electronic instability controller was removed, the atoms released more electrons and their electrical properties improved.
“It’s a pretty impressive result,” said co-author Joshua Meeks, an associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science.
“This is really the first time that this kind of electronic stabilization has been achieved.”
The researchers detailed their work in a paper published online March 03 in the journal Physical Review Letters.