Abstract:New product based on non-traditional and renewable feedstock need to be developed for both economic and environmental concerns. Bio-oils from biomass such as scrap wood, storm debris and even corn stover can be used to create phenol substitutes useful in the epoxy and wood adhesive markets. This… more
Abstract:Luna Innovations will establish the feasibility of modifying our novel bio-encapsulation techniques for enhanced preservation of biological samples. The proposed technology has been successfully applied to protein and whole cell encapsulation, providing significant improvements in storage life-time… more
Abstract:There is a substantial clinical need in both civilian and battlefield injuries for the repair and regeneration of large-volume-loss skeletal muscle tissue injuries. Current standards of care rely on rotational tissue grafts and often result in substantial morbidity, pain, and disfigurement. Luna… more
Abstract:U.S. military communications and weapons systems are reliant on electronics systems that are highly sensitive to external electromagnetic (EM) threats, whether from intentional or environmental sources. In order to protect from these external EM threats, high levels of electromagnetic interference… more
Abstract:Supply chain threats have invalidated the assumption that the adversary has no reasonable avenue of attack even if the software protections are structured properly and augmented with secure hardware. In today"s cyber-attack environment, one must assume that a subset of systems are or will be… more
Abstract:ABSTRACT: Ensuring the safe and optimal operation of high-performance fighter aircraft is vital to the U.S. Air Force. Necessary maintenance includes inspection of engine inlets and exhausts for coating damage and defects that may compromise safety and optimal operation of the aircraft. … more
Abstract:ABSTRACT: Luna will develop cost effective, extensible, and multimodal instrumentation for real time monitoring of materials subjected to accelerated corrosion tests. The sensor system will include continuous recording of environmental conditions of the corrosion tests for quality assurance; while… more
Abstract:During parachute deployments, nylon canopy cloth and nylon suspension lines are dragged across other nylon materials at high speeds which result in frictional heat damage. Cotton is used as a buffer material in sleeves, suspension stow line loops, deployment bags and as barrier fabrics between… more
Abstract:Seals currently used for rotorcraft gearbox drive systems suffer from a high failure rate. Seals must prevent lubricant from escaping while under operation. Several materials are available for the seals, including carbon, elastomer, and ceramic, and all must withstand extreme shaft speeds (5,000-13… more
Abstract:Current curable fiber optic index matching materials used to secure and index match fiber optic cores in mechanical splices have limited shelf lives at both storage and standard operating temperatures. Shelf life is particularly problematic in applications where no refrigeration or humidity control… more
Abstract:Luna Innovations proposes a multi-measurment system, allowing for 24 hour in-line network quality characterization. The system builds on Luna"s Optical Backscatter Reflectometer (OBR), which delivers unprecedented inspection and diagnostics capabilities for the fiber optics industry. The goal… more
Abstract:Superstructures and freeboards on aluminum ships require both corrosion protection from the marine environment and solar absorption resistance to keep ship interiors cool. Traditional coating stack-ups that include surface pretreatment with conversion coatings to protect the aluminum substrate from… more
Abstract:The benefits of enhancing structural composite materials with carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are well known. However, the costs associated with the incorporation of CNTs throughout composite hardware are excessive. Selective use of a low concentration of CNTs in localized sections of interest offers a cost… more
Abstract:Marine biofouling is a significant problem on ship hulls resulting in increased fuel consumption, decreased speed/efficiency and also a vector for the transport of non-indigenous species. Whereas many antifouling coatings have been developed to remedy this situation, most of these coatings prevent… more
Abstract:As energy requirements grow with continued advancement of the Navy"s electric ships, the role of efficient, reliable energy storage systems becomes more and more critical in the execution of naval operations. The use of advanced electrical systems onboard Navy ships enables enhanced… more
Abstract:Luna Innovations is proposing to develop a fiber optic based strain measurement system designed specifically for the challenges associated with measuring the hoop strain on large cylindrical shells. Conventional approaches to this measurement require that multiple sensors be placed around a pressure… more
Abstract:In the aviation industry, direct annual corrosion costs are estimated to be $2.2 billion, with $1.7 billion allocated to corrosion maintenance and $0.3 billion to downtime. Since exterior coatings are the first line of defense against corrosion, ground crews spend a large proportion of their time… more
Abstract:The unique properties of nano-particulates, such as high surface area have the potential to enhance the ballistic properties of propellant mixtures. Nano-particulates typically have disadvantages in processing as they have a strong propensity to agglomerate and can dramatically increase the… more
Abstract:Luna Innovations is developing the field-deployable Portable Analysis of Toxic H2O Samples (PATHOS) that utilizes whole cells as extremely sensitive biological detectors of water toxicants via two different metrics (colorimetric and impedance), resulting in increased reliability and sensitivity to a… more
Abstract:Maintaining a high level of visibility through aircraft transparencies is very difficult under inclement operational conditions. This is an increased problem with the F35, which must land on aircraft carriers and do not possess windshield wipers to clear the canopies. There have been significant… more
Abstract:The Navy is adopting more extensive use of aluminum to achieve the mission requirements of high-speed combatant and non-combatant vessels such as the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) and Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV). Although AA5XXX series alloys have excellent marine corrosion resistance, sensitization… more
Abstract:The proposed Phase II program is designed to build upon the successes of the Phase I feasibility study and develop an advanced blood simulant for training of combat first responders in the use of modern hemostatic products. The blood simulant will exhibit a caking/clotting response in the presence… more
Abstract:Current and future military forces are moving to be lighter, faster, and stealthier in order to maintain an operational advantage. For example, underwater combat activities require light and small equipment for the submarines or the divers to efficiently complete the assigned missions. Among those… more
Abstract:The necessity of Trust has been pressed upon the United States Department of Defense as a consequence of the globalization of microelectronics development and manufacturing. Many of the microelectronic devices used in DOD systems and much of the software used in the design of such systems are… more
Abstract:The integrity of military and civil infrastructure is critical to the safety and continued operations of the armed forces, commercial enterprises, and the everyday lifestyle of the American public. In order to reduce the need for costly scheduled maintenance while also preventing the potentially… more
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