Abstract:Novel class IV building materials are needed to efficiently protect military structures from electromagnetic interference (EMI), blast, and emerging adaptive threats. Fiber-reinforced polymer matrix composites could be modified for this purpose by incorporating additives that can autonomously… more
Abstract:Application of electro-active polymer (EAP) to critical aerodynamic surfaces of Micro Air Vehicles (MAVs) is proposed, in order to manage the boundary layer. EAP offers a means to achieve distributed actuation and can be readily conformed to the shape of an airfoil. At low Reynolds number-flight,… more
Abstract:Although uncooled infrared imaging technology has made remarkable progress in the last two decades in resolution and sensitivity, a major limitation of 2-D infrared focal plane arrays is the lack of true on-chip spectral discrimination. Multi-spectral detection capabilities at the pixel level are… more
Abstract:During cold weather operations tasks requiring manual dexterity can become significantly more difficult as the drop in temperature causes capillaries in the fingers to rapidly contract, decreasing skin blood flow and leading to stiff, sore fingers. IST addressed this issue in Phase I by developing… more
Abstract:This proposal addresses the space optic community's need for an optical bonding material that demonstrates superior stability in the harsh space environment. Adhesives used in space must exhibit near-zero degassing, tolerate drastic temperature changes and be hardened to ionizing sources of… more
Abstract:An inductive power transfer approach is proposed, in which a backpack-deployed central power source will deliver power omni-directionally to battery-powered devices also borne by the Warfighter. Charge will be maintained in batteries without removal from the devices they are powering and without the… more
Abstract:The military is investigating flexible thermal architectures that enable a tactical satellite bus to support a range of operational needs. In response, the team of Infoscitex Corp., the University of Pennsylvania's microfluidics/nanofluidics lab, and Lockheed-Martin Space Systems Company propose to… more
Abstract:Current simulation-based training environments lack the ability to rapidly and effectively communicate dynamic terrain changes across distributed virtual environments. The inability to propagate dynamically altered terrain in a distributed training scenario has detrimental effects on overall mission… more
Abstract:An electric motor is proposed that will achieve a power density of 5 hp/lbm and an efficiency greater than 95%, when delivering 7 hp of mechanical power at a speed of 8400 rpm. This capability, not available from current electric motors, is achieved by arranging high energy-product permanent magnets… more
Abstract:Human social networks describe the social interactions among individuals and groups. The interactions of a human social network can be simple or complex, and the interactions among nodes can change depending on the social context. The ability to understand and accurately predict human behaviors has… more
Abstract:Infoscitex proposes an innovative and feasible solution to Dynamic 3D Human Shape Modeling for Intention Prediction from Video Imagery. We will develop a tool to quickly and automatically detect, track, and extract a subject of interest from video imagery. Using our knowledge and experience of… more
Abstract:Bonding agents (BAs) are critical components of solid propellants that facilitate processing by improving interfacial interaction between the surfaces of oxidizer grains and the binder resin. The BA cures with the binder to produce void-free solid propellants that exhibit desirable storage and… more
Abstract:Further improvement in gas-turbine engine performance requires development of hot-section structural materials capable of functioning at unprecedentedly high temperatures. SiC fiber-reinforced SiC ceramic-matrix composites (CMCs) have high melting points, but are thermodynamically unstable in… more
Abstract:Quantifying the fidelity of flight simulators and other motion environments is a difficult and confounding task. The main confounding factor is that it is difficult to obtain an objective measure from human users, since their performance is subject to their individual reactions and current state of… more
Abstract:Development of a portable robotic system is proposed that will perform endotracheal intubation of the trauma patient. A specialized robot will work in concert with field medics or other robots to perform endotracheal intubation at the point of injury, allowing establishment of a secure airway within… more
Abstract:In Phase II, Infoscitex (IST) will focus on developing a Mobile Robot Seat (MRS) system that provides maximum protection, mobility, and accommodation to helicopter aircrew. In Phase I, IST successfully created an innovative concept for the MRS, completed system architecture and design, explored key… more
Abstract:DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Building on the accomplishments of the prior Phase I and Phase II NIH SBIR grants in which Infoscitex was the lead institution and MIT was the subcontractor, in this Phase II competitive renewal grant application we pro
pose to develop a commercial quality… more
Abstract:Current micro air vehicles (MAV) are limited to 30 minutes of operation due to capacity of the 100 g battery they carry. Next generation MAVs utilizing an advanced power system envisioned in this project will increase the mission duration to at least 90 minutes using a 130 g battery. This increase… more
Abstract:This proposal is for an all solid state battery having a specific energy more than twice conventional lithium batteries. The rechargeable battery uses a lithium metal anode with ceramic electrolyte. There are no liquids to leak out, catch fire, boil or increase in pressure. There is no mechanism for… more
Abstract:The lithium-oxygen electrochemical couple has the potential to form the basis of a very high specific energy, rechargeable battery for very high altitude unmanned aerial systems. We propose to investigate a variety of approaches to address cycle life, reliability, and safety of the lithium-oxygen… more
Abstract:Excellatron proposes to optimize an all solid-state secondary battery for safety. The all solid-state battery combines the high energy density of Li-ion technology with the power density, cyclability, and proven safety of thin film all solid-state battery technology developed at Oak Ridge National… more
Abstract:In collaboration with our subcontractor we will develop new lithium ion conductors based on modifications to the structure of an existing conductor. This material has been shown to have a very high lithium ion conductivity. Furthermore, the lithium ion conductivity is not subject to decreased ionic… more
Abstract:Further development of rechargeable lithium batteries requires dramatic improvement of the ionically conducting electrolyte used in the batteries. Most of the limitations of current lithium-ion batteries are due to restrictions imposed by the general use of organic electrolytes, either liquid or… more
Abstract:The objective of this project is to develop a capability to automatically link news articles to satellite imagery and then to display summaries of the linked articles. In Phase I of this effort, we developed an initial approach to automatically link news articles to geographic locations and then… more
Abstract:This proposal presents a methodology to develop a next-generation digital communication system that uses chaotic signals. The use of chaotic signals in digital communication systems offers several advantages. First, the noise-like properties of chaotic signals, both in their time- and… more
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