Abstract:The noise signature of the USMC Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV) is excessively high for human safety factors, and impedes stealthy land operation which places military personnel at high risk of detection by adversaries. A dominant contributor of the noise is due to the air-cooled heat… more
Abstract:Lighter-than-atmosphere (LTA) systems provide significant advantages for planetary exploration due to their potential for extended mission duration, long traverse, and extensive surface coverage capabilities. However, LTA vehicles must withstand the atmosphere of these planets and moons. The… more
Abstract:Modern prosthetics have improved significantly with regards to control and functionality, but the fit of the residual limb within a prosthetic socket is a primary concern for many amputees. A poor fit can lead to skin irritation, tissue breakdown, and pain. The volume of the residual limb of an… more
Abstract:The titanium sheath that currently protects most leading edges of rotary wing aircraft is plagued with several issues associated with the thermal deicing system. Of greatest concern is the overheating damage. An elastomeric boot offers lower weight, flexibility, abrasion-resistance and field… more
Abstract:Vector borne diseases have posed a significant threat to soldier health in past and present foreign deployments. Currently deployed troops face several severe illnesses such as Leishmaniasis and Sand Fly Fever Virus that are transmitted by insects. There are no prophylactic vaccines available for… more
Abstract:Sand ingestion into aircraft engines, including diesel platforms for UAVs, can cause severe erosion of components. This erosive wear reduces engine efficiency and thrust. Repair/replacement of these components is costly, both in terms of mission readiness, and labor and materials cost. Infoscitex… more
Abstract:DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): An important approach for HIV/AIDS prevention is to diagnose co-infections that significantly increase the transmission of HIV. In this proposal, we propose to develop a rapid point-of-care (POC) test that simultaneous
ly diagnoses HIV-1 and two sexually… more
Abstract:To provide the Navy with a successful means of creating configurable underwater sensor networks an acoustic sensor system that can be mobile and self sufficient is required. IST's Phase I findings indicate that our energy harvesting approach is viable and could potentially be expanded to harvest… more
Abstract:Accurate orientation and position tracking is difficult to achieve over extended missions and in varying environments, such as ambient electromagnetic (EM) noise and inconsistent access to satellites or reference stations (such as vehicle mounted locators). Manufacturers of orientation and tracking… more
Abstract:DNA aptamers are promising highly-specific, environmentally-stable threat-detecting molecules. Unfortunately, the current method for generating these materials yields a product frought with a high concentration of ballast aptamers. A laborious, yet automated process is required to isolate the… more
Abstract:The Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV) has two aft exhaust ports that interface the heat exchangers to the external environment. An innovative solution is required to address the competing requirements of ballistic protection, airflow performance, and thermal signature. In this Phase II program,… more
Abstract:DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): We propose to develop a novel microfluidic approach that will enable the realization of a truly long-term implantable artificial lung. There have been considerable advances in membrane oxygenation, including our own pre
vious work in creating a hollow fiber… more
Abstract:DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): An implantable wireless flow meter is proposed that would enable measurement of the flow of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) through the ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunt, currently used to treat hydrocephalus patients. CSF flo
w is a key indicator of shunt function, and… more
Abstract:DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Robotics has found a well accepted role in surgical procedures, particularly in laparoscopic procedures where arms can now be used with remote manipulation by a surgeon with direct visual feedback from the laparoscope t
o dissect, suture, tie, and perform complex… more
Abstract:This project proposes to develop a rapid ethnographic assessment tool designed specifically to be used by military personnel participating in Security, Stabilization, Transition, and Reconstruction (SSTR) missions who are untrained in social science research methods. Within the Department of the… more
Abstract:The Lithium-oxygen electrochemical couple has the potential to form the basis of a very high specific energy, rechargeable battery for the very high altitude, very long endurance solar aircraft. Recent progress in the application of non-aqueous electrolytes to realize the benefits of this chemistry… more
Abstract:Rechargeable lithium ion batteries incorporating liquid or polymer electrolytes are currently the most advanced battery type available on the market. However, the liquid/polymer electrolyte and its interface with the electrodes limits energy density, long-term cycle life, and the rate of… more
Abstract:Maps are an incredibly rich source of information, but the information contained in a map is often locked up in a raster image. Sometimes the original source data used to create the map is available, but more often than not this information has either been lost or is not available. In this project… more
Abstract:ABSTRACT OF RESEARCH PLAN In response to a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) request for proposals, Danya International, Inc, (Danya), proposes to continue development and testing of TIES: Training Intervention for the Engagement of Families. Recent consensus reports conclude that the… more
Abstract:Development of an advanced composite bipolar plate is proposed for a unitized regenerative fuel cell and electrolyzer system that operates on pure feed streams (H2/O2 and water, respectively). The composite bipolar plate can greatly simplify "closed-loop" unitized fuel cell/electrolyzer power… more
Abstract:Utilizing high strength polymers with controlled pore dimensions as a support, a customized membrane electrode assembly (MEA) can be generated for NASA's electrolyzer stack that has optimized electrochemical performance with greatly improved mechanical properties enabling high pressure (>1000 psi)… more
Abstract:Water electrolyzer stacks are a key component of regenerative fuel cells, designed to replace batteries as a means of storing electric energy on the lunar surface. The design and demonstration of an innovative water electrolyzer cell is proposed. The cell design will be significantly smaller and… more
Abstract:The idea of a hydrogen-fueled future is positive on many levels (better air quality, increased energy efficiency), but its realization depends critically on finding a non-carbon, or at least renewable, source of hydrogen. Thermochemical cycles, such as the Hybrid Sulfur (HyS) process, have the… more
Abstract:Goleta Star LLC with support from academia, Quinstar and other supporting businesses proposes to develop advanced capability for feature-aided tracking, detection and ID of Moving Targets using SAR. This effort is concerned with single or dual receiver channel SAR data processing to detect, track… more
Abstract:Goleta Star LLC with support from Academia, Quinstar and other supporting businesses proposes to develop a W-Band Circular Electrically Scanned Array (CESA). There are a number of alternative solutions which will be traded off in Phase I. The baseline proposed approach balances front end… more
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