Abstract:A critical aspect of operating and maintaining an offshore wind turbine is turbine access. By facilitating crew access to turbine in most any weather, repair and maintenance tasks can be performed in a timely manner. This enhances turbine availability which in turn increases annual energy… more
Abstract:The Associative Model of Data offers a fundamentally different meta-model for data organization than the well-established relational data model. The associative model focuses on Items and Links among items rather than sets of records. We propose to compare and contrast the associative model with two… more
Abstract:Applied Technical Systems, Inc. (ATS) proposes to leverage its expertise with maintenance and logistics support of Naval systems and its experience in developing data-rich software solutions to research, design, and develop a data integration and analysis system that is capable of fusing… more
Abstract:The United States Navy is interested in developing small vessel mounted and man-portable directed energy weapons. One key technology in this endeavor is the development of high power radio frequency (HPRF) sources. While much work is being done to advance the state of the art in HPRF sources, the… more
Abstract:Switching power amplifiers (SPAs) have a wide variety of applications within the fusion science community, including feedback and control systems for dynamic plasma stabilization in tokamaks, inductive and arc plasma sources, Radio Frequency (RF) helicity and flux injection, RF plasma… more
Abstract:Inductive pickup loops are one of the primary magnetic diagnostics in modern fusion concepts. To convert the voltage measurement from the inductive pickup loop to a measurement of magnetic field, the loop voltage must be integrated. While simple in principle, in practice several factors make the… more
Abstract:ABSTRACT: High power nanosecond pulses provide unique capabilities for several applications relevant to defense, energy, materials science, medical applications and basic research. For the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) new compact and portable nanosecond pulsed electric systems could provide… more
Abstract:Advanced rotary shear technologies from this project will reduce the cost of reactor-ready feedstocks and improve the energy balance for advanced biofuels, thus moving the nation towards import oil independence.
Abstract:TUI proposes to complete the development of two novel technologies that will enable pico-satellites in LEO to efficiently close the link with standard issue handheld radios on the ground. The first technology is a dual-band software-defined radio (SDR) that will provide UHF SATCOM to soldiers on the… more
Abstract:The technological systems on which today's war-fighters depend, reflecting today's society, are vulnerable to the effects of sudden high-energy events from our Sun. Because the propagation speed for sudden increases in X-rays from a solar flare is the speed of light, it is necessary to… more
Abstract:ABSTRACT: Thermospheric densities are critical in determining orbital drag for providing collision avoidance warnings for manned and unmanned spaceflight, accurately cataloging orbiting objects, predicting reentry times, and estimating satellite lifetimes, on-board fuel requirements, and attitude… more
Abstract:ABSTRACT: With the increasing age of current military aircraft fleets and current operational and budget environment, there is a need to increase structure reliability and availability while, at the same time, reducing maintenance costs. This is critical especially when some fleets need to be… more
Abstract:High order mode (HOM) absorbers are very important to stable operation of accelerators. It has
been very difficult, especially for superconductor radio frequency (SRF) accelerators, to find a suitable HOM absorber material that not only can function at cryogenic temperatures and
Abstract:ABSTRACT: State of the art Orbital Transfer Vehicle systems and GEO transfer missions require the demanding combined requirements of both high Thrust-to-Power (greater than 150 mN/kW) and high specific impulse (greater than 3000 s), all at constant power. The 9 kW PROTEAN system is a two-stage… more
Abstract:ABSTRACT: Orbital transfer missions require a demanding combination of lightweight, flexible operation and high Thrust-to-Power (greater than 120 mN/kW) electric propulsion. Adding Neutral Entrainment (NE) to a pulsed electromagnetic thruster has the potential to dramatically increases the total… more
Abstract:ABSTRACT: The objective of this STTR proposal is to develop and demonstrate a radiation hardened organic-based solar array adaptable to nanosatellites which exhibits flexibility, variable topology, high specific power, and low cost. Organic photovoltaics (OPVs) represent a transformative technology… more
Abstract:ABSTRACT: High-performance organic electro-optic (OEO) polymers can enable the development of advanced EO technologies for achieving significantly reduced energy consumption and bandwidth enhancement in future information and communication technologies. One of the most critical steps in developing… more
Abstract:There is now a well-established set of plasma diagnostic, however each time a new diagnostic is needed, it is designed from the ground up, sometimes delegated to experimental student researchers whose first experience of plasma physics is spent winding coils or aligning optical components.… more
Abstract:This proposal addresses the need for low-cost sensors to provide accurate, long-term in-situ monitoring of soil moisture content, and other physical and chemical soil properties of relevance to carbon cycling. Vista Clara proposes to develop very low-cost, highly accurate unattended NMR soil… more
Abstract:This project will develop high performance sealing plugs for use in deep borehole disposal of nuclear waste and commercial wells. The technology provides a high strength, high corrosion resistant well sealing material superior to conventional cements.
Abstract:Observing solid-liquid interfaces with high resolution is important for comprehension of physical, chemical, and biological interactions between material and fluid. A more detailed knowledge of these interactions can substantially improve our understanding of the processes that occur during… more
Abstract:The inability to dynamically image materials at atomic resolution in changing liquid environments is a significant impediment to the advancement of physical, chemical, biological, medical, and material sciences. Hummingbird Scientific, via its liquid cell holders, has greatly enhanced the ability… more
Abstract:Cryogenic soft X-ray detectors are enabling new analytical capabilities for science, engineering, materials characterization, and time-resolved studies. X-ray microcalorimeter detectors are increasingly being used at synchrotron light sources, with scanning electron microscopes and other analytical… more
Abstract:ABSTRACT: Systima Technologies, Inc. has developed a novel aerodynamic decelerator concept and technical approach for tailoring sounding rocket trajectories. Systima"s decelerator technology will broaden the performance range that a booster stack can achieve in order to deliver a hypersonic… more
Abstract:ABSTRACT: The current (such as the F-35) and the next (i.e. the 6th gen) generation of attack aircraft have a fundamental constraint. To achieve low radar cross-sections, they need to carry their weapons internal to the aircraft. This creates a conflict between the size and number of weapons that… more
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