Abstract:The Navy incurred approximately $3 billion in aircraft corrosion maintenance costs. Design analysis tools are largely empirical and are derived from physical testing of the basic material specimens, which do not have the capability to account for degradation of these properties due to operational… more
Abstract:DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): This SBIR Phase I project will design, build, and test the Atmospheric Plasma Produce Disinfection System (APPDS), an in-line processing unit that will operate continuously to treat fresh produce. The APPDS will reducethe risk of foodborne infections by… more
Abstract:DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Germanium gamma-ray imaging detectors will improve the quality of in-vivo molecular-imaging applications. The objective of this program is the development of the Germanium Gamma Cameras (GGCs) as modular component detector heads suitable for convenient… more
Abstract:DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Stroke is the 3rd leading cause of death and the primary cause of severe, long term disability. Each year 795,000 Americans have a stroke and the annual costs to the economy are 57.9 billion. The vast majority of acute ischemic strokes are caused by a thrombus… more
Abstract:DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Each year, as many as 2 million Americans develop venous thromboembolism (VTE). VTEs are blood clots in the legs (venous thrombosis) that may travel to the lungs (pulmonary embolism). It is estimated that 10-20% of VTEpatients die, and the annual direct costs are… more
Abstract:The variation between peak and off-peak electricity demand fluctuates up to 70 percent over the course of a 24 hour cycle. This degree of variability is a driver for costly inefficiencies within the power gridto prevent blackouts and meet customer demandas well as power sell offs to consume excess… more
Abstract:DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): A strong unmet need exists to develop new treatments for anemias associated with chronic disease states, collectively referred to as anemia of chronic inflammation (ACI). ACI is highly prevalent in the U.S. and makes alarge contribution to public morbidity and… more
Abstract:Diabetes is an epidemic disease in the United States and accounts for 15% of all US healthcare costs. The rural Mississippi Delta region is statistically at the epicenter of the negative trends in the health and has the highest prevalence of diabetes and obesity in the nation. Low health literacy… more
Abstract:Operating fossil fuel power plants at maximum efficiency requires high temperature measurements with sufficient accuracy to allow operation at optimum temperatures. Even a few degrees can reduce plant efficiency significantly. To operate with minimum downtime requires temperature measurement with… more
Abstract:ABSTRACT: There has been growing interest in nano- and micro-scale testing of materials at increasingly elevated temperatures. However technological obstacles have limited the range of materials that can be tested and limited the temperatures that can be successfully reached for experimentation… more
Abstract:This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project will develop the technology needed for high performance neutron detectors that use Ce3+ activated 6Li glass in the form of monodisperse microspheres with strategically controlled dimensions and architecture. Current Ce3+/6Li glass scintillator… more
Abstract:Accurate Automation Corporation will develop a carbon nanotube based microstrip plasma limiter suitable for inclusion on RF printed circuit boards used on the front-end of an X-Band phased-array receiver. This device will capitalize on the ability to use carbon nanotubes to reduce the size and cost… more
Abstract:Accurate Automation Corporation (AAC) will develop a low-cost trainer based on PC technology. The objective is to provide the U.S. Navy with the ability to readily train personnel to operate unmanned vehicle systems when high-cost training systems and actual control systems are in short supply. This… more
Abstract:Accurate Automation Corporation (AAC) will deliver a Virtual Machine (VM) solution to the U.S. Army, leveraging the advantages of this technology to meet the unique needs of this information-centric, warfighting organization. AAC will consolidate an existing set of server applications, migrating the… more
Abstract:Accurate Automation Corporation proposes to develop a system design for a self-contained missile launchable RF Generator based on a frozen wave transmission line technique. The RF transmission line will be charged through an optically activated switch fabricate from silicon carbide. A high energy… more
Abstract:Accurate Automation Corporation (AAC) proposes to develop two useful software tools for the Distributed Common Ground Control Station (DCGS). These tools will help the analyst build more useful products for her customers. AAC will address opportunities for growth within the spectrum of DCGS… more
Abstract:Accurate Automation Corporation proposes to develop a high power switch with a laser trigger to minimize pulse-to-pulse jitter. The switch will incorporate carbon nanotube electrodes for long life and high current capacity. The initial design of the switch will provide switching of up to 25 kV DC.… more
Abstract:The health and integrity of aircraft sensors play a critical role in aviation safety. Unfortunately, inaccurate or false readings from these sensors can lead to improper decision-making resulting in serious and sometimes fatal consequences. The research performed in Phase I demonstrated the… more
Abstract:The primary goal of this project is to design and develop an autonomous instrumentation and control (I & C) health monitoring system for space nuclear power applications. The system, once fully developed, will be able to detect system anomalies based on analytical modeling technique using data… more
Abstract:A Light Water Reactor (LWR) is equipped with control and shutdown rods that are inserted into and withdrawn from the core to control the power level in the reactor. The positioning of the control and shutdown rods is performed via the plants rod control system, which in a typical Pressurized Water… more
Abstract:As the existing fleet of US nuclear power plants pass midlife, the aging condition of safety related systems, structures, and components (SSCs) becomes increasingly important. Electrical cables, including those used for instrumentation and control, are vital for safety related systems and problems… more
Abstract:Although nuclear power plants have provided a reliable source of power for the U.S. over the last four decades, unexpected equipment failures have resulted in losses of power production and millions of dollars of revenue, which may have been avoided if the warning signs of impending failures had… more
Abstract:Cryogenic fluid valves are subject to harsh exposure and actuators to drive these valves require robust performance and high reliability. DSM's piezoelectric actuators offer advantages over traditional alternative actuator technology. However, in order to use piezoceramic actuators in… more
Abstract:Applications for ultrasound are expanding beyond medical imaging to include new functionality, with the potential to halt internal bleeding or provide an alternative to manual suturing. These types of functions are suited to a surgical robot, offering the potential for tele-operation or even… more
Abstract:DSM demonstrated an inexpensive, non-inductive actuation mechanism that can be used in a canard actuation system (CAS) without adding noise or bias to the measurements of onboard magnetometers during guidance and fuzing operations of miniaturized precision munitions. The Piezo actuator based Phase I… more
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