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The Tension Piston, developed at the Wyss Institute and MIT CSAIL, amplifies piston force and increases energy efficiency by using flexible materials to transmit fluid-induced tension. The Tension Piston is able to produce substantially greater force compared to a conventional piston at the same driving pressure. Tension Pistons can be used in pumps, engines, compressors, shock absorbers, or energy storage devices to convert force/torque into fluidic pressure/energy.

Credit: Wyss Institute at Harvard University

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