Abstract:Free-phase pollutants are persistent environmental contaminants. The feasibility of an enhanced process of in situ free-phase pollutant removal by micro-organisms that had been pre-adapted to the pollutant free-phase surface was confirmed during Phase I. The high affinity of the micro-organisms to… more
Abstract:This proposed Phase II effort will exploit the novel response of single wall nanotubes to energetic particles for the development of nanotube-based detectors for photons and charged particles ranging from ~2.5 eV (optical) to ~2.5 MeV (gamma rays). Discrimination will be achieved by using filters… more
Abstract:The Air Force has a pressing need for large, structurally efficient reflectors for both radar and high bandwidth communication. Because launch volumes are limited, the large aperture must be volume efficient as well. To meet the stated needs of future DoD missions, the reflectors must be very… more
Abstract:The Foster-Miller team is developing a novel coverglass system that protects photovoltaic cells on space power systems that are exposed to high doses of ionizing radiation. The spectrum of radiation a solar cell is exposed to not only provides usable energy, over time it also reduces the efficiency… more
Abstract:The objective of this project is to develop an earplug for use by helicopter crews, to be worn within the earcanal, and equipped with an active noise reduction (ANR) system, with performance for speech communication and hearing protection meeting U.S. Army safety requirements. From an analysis of… more
Abstract:DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Of approximately 4 million live births in the U.S. in year 2000, 11.6 percent or about 471,000 infants were born less than 37 weeks gestation (Martin et al). Preterm infants may spend days or weeks in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), where they are… more
Abstract:A direct-drive electric linear actuator for raising and lowering the jet blast deflector (JBD) is proposed that achieves the specific force necessary to be a form-fit-function replacement for the existing JBD hydraulic actuators. Moreover, we propose a design that is suited to modularity, allowing… more
Abstract:As long as organophosphates are one of the most probable chemical warfare agents or agents of choice in a terrorist attack, protection of military personnel against these compounds is an important component of sustained troop performance, confidence, and morale. The latest advances in understanding… more
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Peritoneal dialysis, intravascular access for chemotherapy, transcutaneous intrathoracic access of cardiac power lines, and suprapubic bladder drainage are among the clinical applications where transcutaneous catheters are routinely used in the course of… more
Abstract:DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): A device is proposed to enhance a surgeon's awareness of loads present at their tool tips during minimally invasive surgery (MIS). This work is motivated by the need within the laparoscopic surgical community to continue improvement of MIS techniques. While… more
Abstract:DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Radio frequency (RF) catheter ablation is an established treatment for patients with cardiac arrhythmias. RF ablation of atrio-ventricular nodal reentrant arrhythmias has been highly successful, since the known anatomy of the atrio-ventricular node enables… more
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An active infant feeding bottle is proposed for home care feeding of dysphagic infants to promote coordination of sucking, swallowing, and breathing during oral feeding. Neurogenic dysphagia among infants is characterized by difficulty with active transport… more
Abstract:DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Foot ulceration is a diabetic complication estimated to result in over $1 billion worth of medical expenses per year in the United States alone. Increasing evidence indicates that a combination of elevated external forces (pressure and shear) and altered tissue… more
Abstract:In this program Infoscitex will develop a wearable electrotextile system that collects data from a suite of physiological and biomechanical sensors, pre-processes the signal and wirelessly transmits the data for further analysis and interpretation by a Neural Network (NN). This system will… more
Abstract:Modern prosthetics have made significant improvements in control and functionality yet battery systems powering these features are severely lacking. Even modest functionality in the most common lower limb prosthetic, the Otto Bock C leg, is typically limited to 48 hours maximum usage before battery… more
Abstract:We propose to use a high rate manufacturing technology recently developed at Excellatron to deposit all-solid-state thin film batteries on an ultra-thin substrate. The all-solid-state lithium batteries have very high cycle life (>10,000 charge/discharge cycles), a wide operating temperature range,… more
Abstract:A novel approach is proposed for the development of safe lithium-air batteries that offer high-energy storage capacity and extended standby and operational life. The proposed battery will use a lithium anode, an air cathode having an air stable non-volatile electrolyte and a multilayer polymer… more
Abstract:DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Influenza A virus causes one of the most wide-spread infections in humans. It is also a possible bioterrorism agent. In a typical year, it infects 10-20% of the population in the US, causing up to 40,000 deaths. During the 1918 influenza virus pandemic, over 40… more
Abstract:Companies looking to supplant 2D drawings with intelligent 3D models face the problem that there are no tools available that capture more than the geometry of the artifact. The available tools do not propagate the large amount of design intent and manufacturing knowledge contained in 2D drawings… more
Abstract:DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease and Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy are transmissible, neurodegenerative and fatal prion diseases of humans and cattle, respectively. There are no commercially available, completely reliable diagnostic tests for use before the onset of… more
Abstract:The Air Force is developing a wide variety of technologies for aircraft propulsion system health management (PHM). Unfortunately many promising new sensor technologies and new algorithms cannot easily be deployed for on-wing demonstration. On Phase I IAC, with Hamilton Sundstrand and Luppold &… more
Abstract:The objective of this SBIR is to develop a prototype angular valve measurement system designed to provide accurate and reliable readings in a high-vibration environment. Our Phase 1 effort concluded with a successful live demonstration of the technology upon which this SBIR 2 proposal is based. In… more
Abstract:The Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) engine will be capable of performing on-board fault detection, isolation, and prognosis. Current processing relies on BIT codes generated by the engine control system. These BIT codes are derived from steady state engine performance and do not address the prognostics… more
Abstract:IAC proposes to design a portable platform that will implement NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) traceability standards for calibrating shipboard and industrial sensors. This platform will enable a single individual to perform automated closed loop calibration, thereby helping… more
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