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Observation Chambers for Dynamic Microscopic Flow Visualization (DYNASCOPE)

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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2002 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
7200 Highway 150 GREENVILLE, IN 47124-9515
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Woman-Owned: No
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Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2002
Title: Observation Chambers for Dynamic Microscopic Flow Visualization (DYNASCOPE)
Agency: NASA
Contract: NAS3-02085
Award Amount: $0.00


The specific innovation proposed, tentatively named ¿DYNASCOPE¿, is an innovative system of microscopy equipment capable of unique sample manipulation and real-time observation. A uniquely designed hollow microscope slide with high manufacturability offers an opportunity to study the effects of capillary forces, magnetic fields, electrokinetic fields, and microscopic hydrodynamics on a wide range of fluids including biological samples. The key element of the system is the hollow slide which interfaces with other modular components, providing novel opportunities to manipulate fluid samples and to observe flows using particle image velocimetry and similar optical techniques. Three sets of endcaps, each specifically designed to accommodate pumps, magnets, or electrodes, offer flexibility, stringent control of the applicable field, and user-friendly interfaces. DYNASCOPE will facilitate video recording of motion in a variety of fluid samples on Earth or in space. Laboratory applications include the study of magnetized particle interactions, electokinetically induced aggregation and coalescence, and flow driven by capillary forces in phase-changing mixtures and porous media. In space research, DYNASCOPE can serve similar purposes, in which the gravity-dependent components of the above phenomena can be studied using the Light Microscopy Module designed for the International Space Station¿s Fluids Integrated Rack.

Principal Investigator:

Paul Todd
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Mark S. Deuser
President & CEO
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Space Hardware Optimization Technology
7200 Highway 150 Greenville, IN 47124

EIN/Tax ID: 351784668
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No