Abstract:Assembly of weapons aboard ship is a difficult, manpower intensive operation. The Navy's move toward complex, precision guided munitions such as the JDAM and Paveway GBUs increases these manpower demands. Introducing automation has the potential to improve weapons throughput while reducing the… more
Abstract:The manipulators used to support and position lattice elements are critical components of all particle accelerators. The increased use of large superconducting magnets and accelerator modules places ever greater demands on these manipulators. Unfortunately, the performance of these support systems… more
Abstract:Tactical missiles need to control their speed and be able to steer to a wide variety of targets. They usually control their speed with thrust management via pintle nozzles and steer with movable fins. Additional steering is often provided with jet vanes that provide thrust vector control (TVC). … more
Abstract:This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I research project will investigate the feasibility of using a high-speed linear array of micro grating light modulators (GLM) for cost-effective maskless lithography. Current maskless lithography tools are low-throughput instruments designed for the… more
Abstract:On average, nine collisions occur each day in the U.S. between trains and road vehicles. These collisions result in fatalities forty times more often than for other vehicle accidents. Eighty percent of collisions occur at railroad crossings that do not have train-activated warning systems. Using… more
Abstract:Two low-mass, linear throttling, high-efficiency, leak-proof cryogenic valves of diameters 1/2" and 4" will be built and tested. Based upon cryogenically-proven Venturi Off-Set Technology (VOST) the valve has no stem-actuator, few moving parts, and an overall cylindrical shape. The valve geometry… more
Abstract:A novel cryogenic coupling will be designed and modeled. Intended for in-space use at cryogenic propellant depots, the coupling is based on patented Venturi-Offset Technology (VOST) and will provide small fluid and heat leakage at high flows with a low pressure drop. Entirely mechanical, insertion… more
Abstract:Millions of dollars in personal property and thousands of acres of natural resources will be saved annually if wildfires can be controlled effectively by increasing the safety and efficiency of helicopters in aerial firefighting. The purpose of this project is to research and develope a computer… more
Abstract:This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II research project aims to produce a working prototype sensor array monitoring system that detects, identifies, and localizes the infrasound generated by snow avalanches. The goal of the project is to bring to commercial form automated monitoring… more
Abstract:78887 When completed, the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) will provide unprecedented opportunities for performing groundbreaking neutron science. Two reflectometers are planned for the SNS, one optimized for the measurement of liquid surfaces and the other for the measurement of magnetic materials… more
Abstract:79518S When completed, the Spallation Neutron SourceÂ¿s (SNS) multiple beamlines will provide unprecedented opportunities to conduct studies in materials characterization, medical isotope production, and the transmutation of nuclear waste. However, the large goniometers traditionally used to… more
Abstract:Assembly of weapons aboard ship is a difficult, manpower intensive operation. The Navy's move toward complex, precision guided munitions such as the JDAM increases these manpower demands. Introducing automation has the potential to improve weapons throughput while reducing the number of Navy… more
Abstract:DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The accelerating pace of research in the fields of rational drug discovery and structural genomics has created an acute need for efficient, high throughput crystallography automation. While a variety of automated equipment has been developed for crystallization… more
Abstract:Tactical missiles can use pintle nozzles to control speed and wings to steer to targets, but this is inadequate for many targets. To hit a wider variety of targets, tactical missiles must be able to steer the rocket's exhaust gas. A common method of doing this is to use a separate TVC system. … more
Abstract:Difficulties in using foreign air bases and airspace is constraining the Air Force from striking high-value, time critical targets. The Small Launch Vehicle (SLV) and Common Aero Vehicle (CAV) that deploys weapons over the target within minutes after being launched from the United States can solve… more
Abstract:This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II project is to develop a process that uses halophytic plants and aquaculture effluent to treat highly saline coal bed methane (CBM) discharge water. Vast volumes of water are a necessary though unwanted byproduct of the gas drilling process. … more
Abstract:Water is the essence of life. Few will disagree that it is a resource that must be protected for the well-being of all: plant and animal. Millions of holes have been and are being drilled in the earth to search for water, uranium, oil and gas, and coal-bed methane. Many thousands of these holes are… more
Abstract:A cylindrical, low-mass, high-efficiency, leak-proof cryogenic valve will be designed using composites and exotic metals. Based upon cryogenically-proven Venturi Off-Set Technology (VOST) the valve has no stem-actuator, few moving parts, and an overall cylindrical shape. The valve geometry will help… more
Abstract:DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant):
The long-term objective of the proposed work is to build a commercial-scale portable microwave system that is capable of regenerating 50-kg/hrof saturated carbon. This process will also be capable of recovering solvent and other chemicals desorbed during… more
Abstract:Ventilation systems are extremely venerable to incidental and malicious attacks by terrorists and saboteurs. During attacks by chemical and biological weapons, personnel in temporary and permanent shelters are dependent on a constant supply of clean air. Consequently, the main objective of the… more
Abstract:Programs such as Airborne Laser and Space-Based Laser require highly mass efficient structures. Because of their high specific strength and stiffness this naturally leads to graphite fiber reinforced polymer (GFRP) materials for many system components. In fluid storage tank applications GFRP… more
Abstract:Potentially valuable livestock feed in the form of yard waste is taking up limited and costly landfill space. This project examines the viability of using these yard waste materials as a feed source for livestock.
Abstract:Aerial firefighting is a dangerous and demanding business, which is evidenced by the numerous loss of life during the "fire season". Millions of dollars worth of equipment has been destroyed in the fight to protect people and valuable natural resources from the devastation of wildfires. Due to the… more
Abstract:Rural America offers people some of the highest qualities of living, but companies are usually unwilling to locate in small towns that lack in population and pre-existing infrastructure. The problem that Heartland BioComposites will address is the needed market development for an identified rural… more
Abstract:Rural communities have a substantial and rapidly growing need for reliable, small-scale, wind power. This need cannot be filled without new and innovative designs that offer substantial improvements over the technologies currently available. The successful completion of this research will bring… more
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