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  1. Roadway Hazard Alert System for Motorcycles

    SBC: Charles River Analytics, Inc.            Topic: 151FH3

    Motorcyclists face a unique set of challenges when operating on public streets and highways. In addition to hazards relevant to automobiles, motorcycle riders must remain vigilant for hazards that pose significant danger to motorcycles (e.g., uneven terrain, sand/gravel, potholes); however, there is currently no motorcycle-specific hazard tracking or alerting system available for riders. To addres ...

    SBIR Phase I 2015 Department of Transportation
  2. Technology to Improve upon APC Data Counting that will Provide Better Correlation to Service Plan

    SBC: Migma Systems Inc.            Topic: 142FT1

    Automated Passenger Counter (APC) has been used in the transit systems for automated passenger counting and reporting. These systems have suffered counting accuracy issues, particularly at high rider load points, and at end-of-line count reconciliation. It was found that APCs have limited use on rail vehicles due to very wide doors. It has also been a challenge for transit agencies to track the o ...

    SBIR Phase I 2015 Department of Transportation
  3. Passive Rail Temperature Control Technology

    SBC: Physical Sciences Inc.            Topic: 151FR8

    Physical Sciences Inc. proposes to develop a novel composite laminate that when applied to standard steel rails will regulate the maximum temperature reached, limiting expansion and buckling. During Phase I, PSI will work with QinetiQ North America to demonstrate the performance of PSI’s system in a simulated railroad environment. Testing will demonstrate the thermal properties of the laminate. ...

    SBIR Phase I 2015 Department of Transportation
  4. Active Personal Safety System for Train Yard and Road Crewworkers

    SBC: TECHNICAL PRODUCTS, INC.            Topic: 151FR2

    Locomotives weigh up to 240 ton each. -Rail cars can weigh flom 30 ton (empty) to 140 ton (loaded). Track construction and maintenance equipment, earthmoving plant and haul tiuaks can all weigh l0,s of tons each. When a 200-lb worker 'arguer;' with any of these equipment they lorse. Rail road and yard workers can, literally, be sunounded by these very large, heavy and potentially dangerous pieces ...

    SBIR Phase I 2015 Department of Transportation
  5. Device to Address the Competing Needs of Ensuring Lockability of Seat Belts and Mitigating Entrapment Risk in Mis-Use Conditions

    SBC: TOOL INC            Topic: 142NH1

    Federal regulations require a seat belt assembly with a locking lap belt to be available in passenger seating positions to securely accommodate a child restraint system. More recently, federal regulations have been updated to improve the quality of the child restraint system and the mechanisms by which it is secured. However, there are restrictions on total weight capacities for new restraint syst ...

    SBIR Phase I 2015 Department of Transportation
  6. Modular Building Block Approach to Construction Assembly in Place Mini-Roundabouts

    SBC: ZKxKZ, LLC            Topic: 142FH3

    ZKxKZ with partners at UMass-Lowell Plastics Engineering Department and Voltek will develop low cost mini-roundabout technology based on a rapidly installable system of interlocking modules made from recycled plastic materials. Phase I will focus on material and process selection, along with modul configuration optimization, governed by design for low acquisition, installation and life cycle cost ...

    SBIR Phase I 2015 Department of Transportation
  7. Innovative Transit Technology Devices, Applications,or Solutions Focused on Safety, Mobility, or Energy and Sustainability

    SBC: BCO, Incorporated            Topic: 151FT1

    Braking Rate Monitoring and Warning System 3/9/2015 Driver inattention and inaction are a major cause for serious crashes. There is a need for a low cost auxiliary system to sense any rail vehicle approaching unsafely and alert drivers. The auxiliary system will provide some form of Human Machine Interface that may aggressively alert the train operator of potential safety problems and permit a r ...

    SBIR Phase I 2015 Department of Transportation
  8. Catalytic production of hydrocarbons from biomass

    SBC: VISOLIS, INC            Topic: 88

    Conversion of biomass into useful fungible chemicals and fuels is a long standing challenge. A key requirement of such processes is high efficiency of conversion for economic viability. Biomass derived sugars are highly oxygenated and need processing to remove to be converted into useful hydrocarbons.We propose an integrated bio-thermochemical platform for production of a hydrocarbon which can be ...

    SBIR Phase I 2015 Department of Agriculture
  9. New Ammonium-free Water Formulation for Fire Retardants for the Management of Wildland Fires

    SBC: Nano Terra, Inc.            Topic: 81

    Wildland fires cost billions of dollars a year in the US, threatening homes, lives, and valuable natural resources. Large amounts of chemical additives, including those in water enhancers, foam fire suppressants, and long-term retardants are used in battling wildland fires to slow the spread of the fire and enable firefighters to work safely on the ground. Millions of gallons of water and hundreds ...

    SBIR Phase I 2015 Department of Agriculture
  10. SUBZERO TEMPERATURE STORAGE OF FISH EGGS FOR IMPROVED HATCHERY OPERATIONS

    SBC: Cryoocyte, Inc.            Topic: 87

    Culturing fish today is organized around two key steps: multiplication of fish in the hatcheries and the increase of fish biomass in grow-out production. This transition is more-or-less linear: immediately after spawning eggs get fertilized, develop and hatch, they are grown to the fry/fingerling/smolt stage, and get transferred to grow-out production. This cycle starts with the spawning event, wh ...

    SBIR Phase I 2015 Department of Agriculture

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