Abstract:ABSTRACT: ORS requires rapid delivery of low-cost payloads that meet the needs of unplanned and unanticipated spacecraft missions. Physical Sciences Inc. (PSI) will provide ORS, the Air Force, and other customers with a low-cost, rapidly-fabricated deployable antenna for use in a wide range of… more
Abstract:Obscurant materials are used to defeat threats in all areas of the electromagnetic spectrum. New Army requirements have been established for novel, multi-spectral, high performance obscurants to defeat a range of threats with a single material system. On a Phase I program Physical Sciences, Inc.… more
Abstract:Physical Sciences Inc. (PSI) in collaboration with Q-Peak, a PSI subsidiary, will develop an agile, active/passive shortwave infrared (SWIR) hyperspectral imager (HSI) for tower mounted or airborne information surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR). This solution employs a high-power supercontinuum… more
Abstract:Silicon Carbide based ceramic matrix composites (CMCs) offer the potential to fundamentally change the design and manufacture of gas turbines to significantly increase performance and fuel efficiency over current metal-based designs. Physical Sciences Inc. (PSI) and the University of California… more
Abstract:The Army recognizes a continuing need for more powerful high explosives that have improved energy density. To increase the energy of nitramine materials further, a highly promising strategy is to modify the inherent crystalline density of RDX/HMX materials by structural substitution of hydrogen… more
Abstract:Physical Sciences Inc. (PSI) proposes to utilize an innovative LWIR hyperspectral technology coupled with advanced data processing algorithms for non-contact, standoff detection of liquid/solid contaminants on surfaces. The technology will address the US Army"s need for fast, on-the-move,… more
Abstract:The high temperature operation of Generation IV nuclear systems will require silicon carbide ceramic composites in the reactor core to minimize operational costs and enhance safety. Currently, no ceramic composite fabrication method has been successfully demonstrated that enables rapid, affordable… more
Abstract:Current hyperspectral imaging systems are large, expensive, and produce a large quantity of superfluous data that is typically compressed as part of detection and analysis. A hyperspectral imaging solution based on compressive sensing concepts is sought with utility to remote monitoring of… more
Abstract:Higher energy density batteries are required in order to increase vehicle range and facilitate adoption. A significant amount of research has been devoted to developing new materials with increased capacity and performance. In order to minimize the cell weight, new cell design techniques are also… more
Abstract:Geologic carbon sequestration (GCS) is advancing as a preferred means of mitigating CO2 emissions from fossil-fueled plants. For understanding sequestration processes and verifying GCS success at its intended function of retaining CO2 within reservoir bounds, it is essential to track and monitor the… more
Abstract:A direct laser metal sintering process will be developed that will enable the fabrication of complex stainless steel and Inconel alloy components for use in the cores of light water reactors directly from a digital model. Direct fabrication eliminates welding processes that place limits on component… more
Abstract:ABSTRACT: Hypersonic propulsion systems, such as supersonic combustion ramjets (scramjets) are generally expected to operate from Mach 3.5 up to Mach 7-8 and are designed for specific flight Mach numbers to achieve optimum performance. However, realistic flight vehicles will experience a wide range… more
Abstract:The proposed effort will investigate and develop a laser-scopic tool that will provide earlier and improved capabilities for corrosion-detection, -removal, -cleaning and -repair due to galvanic couples in hard-to-access areas, without damaging the underlying substrate or adjacent features. The key… more
Abstract:To capture critical weather and SST data in the Tropical Cyclone Boundary Layer (TCBL), Piasecki Aircraft proposes to evaluate existing meteorological sensor packages, integrate new off-the-shelf MEMS sensors, and design an air-launched UAS to improve the resolution of observations captured in the… more
Abstract:One of the major hurdles to the commercialization of OLED lighting technology is its low light extraction efficiency when compared to its inorganic LEDs. Currently only 20 30% of the light produced by the OLED can be extracted. In order to be considered as a commercially viable option, OLED… more
Abstract:Innovative solutions are sought to reduce cost and lead-time of hot gas valve components located in the post boost control system (PBCS) of the U.S. Navy"s Trident II D-5 Fleet Ballistic Missile. Current PBCS components are based on Nb, Ta10W and TZM, with protective coatings. Although… more
Abstract:In fusion plasmas, ion cyclotron range of frequency (ICRF) and lower hybrid range of frequency (LHRF) power is anticipated to be a primary auxiliary heating and current drive sources in next step tokamak experiments like ITER. From a technological perspective, several challenges remain including… more
Abstract:The recent events at the Fukushima nuclear power plant highlight the need for enhanced accident tolerance. Of particular concern is the overheating of standard zirconium alloy cladding material in a loss of coolant accident (LOCA). One of the leading, high-risk/high-reward candidates for future… more
Abstract:Imaging polarimetry has demonstrated the ability for detection of military targets in situations where traditional imaging sensors fall short. Detection of polarization of light emitted or reflected from objects in a scene enhances contrast between objects and backgrounds, providing additional… more
Abstract:As aircraft technology continues to evolve, there becomes a need for advanced takeoff systems for aircraft carriers. Increases in aircraft weight and takeoff speed require takeoff systems with reliable components to withstand the increase in force put on the system by the advanced aircraft. In this… more
Abstract:We propose the development of an ultra-compact and highly reliable quantum cascade laser (QCL) two-color module with operating range from 100m to over 3km for weapon-mounted applications and up to 10km for small unmanned aircraft systems. Operational characteristics of QCLs in the module will be… more
Abstract:Precision Combustion, Inc. (PCI) proposes an ultra-compact JP-8 fueling system that will enable a lightweight spark-ignited engine as a man portable multi-fueled 1 1.5 kW generator. This is based on a breakthrough fueling technology that is different from vaporization approaches. This enables… more
Abstract:A viable direct shale gas to fuels process could offer substantial energy savings with significantly reduced process complexity and capital intensity, and enable a gas-to-fuels route that will utilize the newly abundant supplies of relatively inexpensive unconventional shale gas, and is equally… more
Abstract:Navy is interested in developing high power and high operation efficiency laser pumps at 808nm for multiple Navy applications. VCSEL technology offers an excellent choice for the development of such laser pumps. The new approaches developed during phase I for very high efficiency and high power… more
Abstract:A new ignition concept is needed for lean-burn combustion in gasoline engines. The approach should extend the lean ignition limit air/fuel ratio to & gt; 20, to enable reliable ignition under high in-cylinder pressures (up to 100 bar at the time of ignition) thus enabling high load operation,… more
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