Abstract:A Mars ascent vehicle (MAV) uses solid rocket motors to propel soil samples into orbit, but the motors cannot provide steering. Cold gas thrusters are used for initial steering and spin stabilization for the final stage of flight. This approach is heavy and results in a spinning sample container… more
Abstract:This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase 1 project will develop an active microvalve for control of refrigerant fluids. Intended for use in refrigerators and air conditioners, the device will meet or exceed stringent industry standards for reliability, efficiency, and cost. The transfer… more
Abstract:Z4 Energy System, LLC's Compressed Air Water Pumping (CAWP) system is a new water pumping product that uses compressed air produced by wind power to operate a water pump, and stores compressed air for pumping during times with no wind. CAWP will be employed in areas where municipal water systems and… more
Abstract:A great opportunity exists to develop a clean, efficient, and commercially viable process for destroying environmentally hazardous waste propellants, explosives, and pyrotechnics (PEP). In this Phase I feasibility effort, the CHA Corporation (CHA) proposes to develop a small-scale microwave system… more
Abstract:DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): This STTR Phase I project will prove the concept for a low-cost, rapid system for detecting bacterial contamination in platelet concentrates, in minutes and not days, with cost/performance equal to accepted testing meth
odologies. Though the US has one of the… more
Abstract:The U.S. Navy has significantly improved its operational capabilities in littoral and near-shore seawaters, which has resulted in the need to achieve much better pre-treatment of the seawater withdrawn from the often turbid and debris-filled shallow waters for the onboard desalination systems.… more
Abstract:The opportunity identified here is to expand the capabilities of Multicontinuum Technology (MCT) for prediction of failure initiation in complex (hybrid) composites. A successful Phase 1 project will demonstrate good correlation of MCT variables with initial failure in composites with complex… more
Abstract:Increased telecommuting, innovations and inventions coming from small, often remotely located businesses and individuals, modern agricultural technologies, and the advanced data communication demands of emergency responders have accelerated the need for reliable Internet service in rural America.… more
Abstract:One of the greatest threats to American armed forces serving in Iraq and Afghanistan is the damage caused by mines, roadside bombs, and improvised explosive devices (IEDs). The wide variety of device types, and increasing sophistication of these weapons, presents a growing challenge to protecting U… more
Abstract:This proposal seeks to develop, refine, and combine, several promising composites construction techniques in order to produce lighter, stronger, more agile boats, ultimately at reduced acquisition costs. These techniques rely on sophisticated uses of fibers and fiber layups, advanced methods of… more
Abstract:This award is funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-5). This Small Business Innovation Research Phase II project will result in a prototype portable instrument for water quality analysis. The Phase I SBIR project was designed to show the feasibility of a… more
Abstract:During the past ten years there as been a significant decline in the amount of wool processed within the United States. From 1994 to 2003, U.S. wool mill consumption decreased by 72% and raw wool exports increased by 289.2%. The American wool industry is facing major economic changes, which include… more
Abstract:A new physics-based simulation capability will be developed based on high-order discretizations in both space and time for application to practical engineering problems involving complex physical phenomena and complicated geometries. The goal is to develop a tool which can accurately handle… more
Abstract:This award is funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-5). This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II research project seeks to develop a radically new type of mobile robot. Most of today?s robots rely on wheels to move from one location to… more
Abstract:When completed, the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) will produce the worldÂ¿s most concentrated beams of pulsed X-rays, providing materials researchers with a powerful tool that could revolutionize our understanding of the dynamics of matter. However, to effectively probe ultra-fast dynamic… more
Abstract:A directly immersible cryogenic MEMS pressure sensor will be developed. Each silicon die will contain a vacuum-reference and a tent-like membrane. Offsetting thermal effects allow the device to operate over a wide temperature range. Using a patented, proven design the device is capable of… more
Abstract:This award is funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-5). This Small Business Innovation Research Phase II project seeks to prototype/validate a novel, self-regulating blade for a 3-kW Residential Wind Turbine (RWT). Successful development of this… more
Abstract:The USDA reports that during 2006, per bred cow, the cost of concentrates and supplemental feed and harvested forages amounted to 64% of total feed cost (calculated at market price). Whereas, aggregate cost for pasture (cropland, private and public lands), calculated at market rental rate, amounted… more
Abstract:This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I research project investigates the feasibility of using Micro-Compliant-Interconnect-Mechanisms (MCIMs) to provide chip level communication to Micro-Electro-Mechanical-Systems (MEMS) devices. MCIMs are microscopic spring connectors fabricated directly… more
Abstract:This Small Business Technology Transfer Phase I proposal we investigate the feasibility of a software application to search through public wind databases in order to match sites of renewable electricity production with sites of electricity demand. Renewable energy sources like wind and solar are… more
Abstract:Phase II involves the refinement and testing of Phase I attachment anchor prototypes, including vibrational and thermal cycling. Phase II Option involves the investigation, design, prototyping and testing of lightweight insulation composites, including anti-ballistic capabiliities. Phase II and… more
Abstract:This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I will demonstrate electrokinetic separation of uncharged polymers by length. This technique will create specially-designed microfluidic channels using standard microfabrication technology, coupled with electrophoresis equipment and a fluorescence… more
Abstract:Space-based systems have become indispensable elements of global communication, scientific research and military reconnaissance. The expenses associated with launching spacecraft are enormous and, once in orbit, any component failure may have catastrophic consequences. Extensive earth-based… more
Abstract:This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I research project explores the utility of a robot predicated on a novel Tri-Sphere design. Robots are playing a progressively more significant role in our modern world. In support of this ascendance, researchers have developed elegant,… more
Abstract:DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Process automation has become an essential element of all modern crystallography facilities. Robotic equipment allows crystals of biological macromolecules to be produced in greater numbers and rapidly mounted thus resu
lting in more efficient utilization of… more
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