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The Award database is continually updated throughout the year. As a result, data for the given year is not complete until April of the following year. Annual Reports data is a snapshot of agency reported information for that year and hence might look different from the live data in the Awards Information charts.

  1. Electromagnetic Detection of Tornadoes

    SBC: Airborne Research Associates            Topic: N/A

    The ultimate objective of this project is to develop an instrument capable of remote detection and location of tornadoes and/or storms containing tornadoes. There are many reports, both scientific and anecdotal, suggesting that tornadoes and tornadic thunderstorms emit anomalous electromagnetic (EM) radiation-both RF and luminous. This radiation is characterized by unusually high rates of EM pulse ...

    SBIR Phase I 1997 Department of Commerce
  2. Optical Water Level Sensor

    SBC: CIENCIA INC            Topic: N/A

    Development of an optical water level sensor is proposed to solve some of the problems and limitations of current sounding tube/protective well acoustic sensors. By using light instead of sound, temperature gradient effects on the measurement are obviated. Furthermore, the proposed system eliminates the need for a sounding tube, protective well and associated temperature sensors, and does not requ ...

    SBIR Phase I 1997 Department of Commerce
  3. A Spray Nozzle with Electrically Controllable Spray Characteristics

    SBC: Fluid Jet Associates            Topic: N/A

    In the conduction of benchmark combustion experiments, a fuel spray nozzle that produces a steady-well-defined spray is needed. This fuel spray, of known properties, is a boundary condition for the atomization, mixing, and combustion which results throughout the combustor volume. Present spray nozzles use fluid turbulence, which is chaotic, to drive the spray formation. Because the turbulence ampl ...

    SBIR Phase I 1997 Department of Commerce
  4. XRD Integral Method Determination of the Triaxial Residual Stress Field

    SBC: Lambda Research            Topic: N/A

    Finish machining of structural ceramics can produce residual stresses, and subsurface defects (SSD) acting as stress concentrators, in the near-surface material. Residual stresses and SSD produced by machining affect the mechanical properties of ceramic components. In this context, it is essential that the residual stresses be properly quantified in ceramics, in order to establish suitable machini ...

    SBIR Phase I 1997 Department of Commerce
  5. A Stationary Spectrometer for Determining Flame Structure

    SBC: Optra, Inc.            Topic: N/A

    OPTRA is proposing the development of an all-reflecting stationary Fourier transform spectrometer, based on the use of Fresnel mirrors and a linear uncooled amorphous silicon microbolometer array to produce spectra in the 1 to 5 micron region with resolution of 5nm. Concentration, temperature and soot volume fraction will be derived from the measured emission spectra of a flame. An amorphous silic ...

    SBIR Phase I 1997 Department of Commerce
  6. Characterization of Metastable Beam Sources

    SBC: Physical Sciences Inc.            Topic: N/A

    We propose a 6 month program during which we will develop and demonstrate an approach for generating well-characterized atomic and molecular beams of metastable species. Such beam sources are necessary for the microelectronics and plasma processing industries because they would provide a valuable tool required to establish a solid database of plasma-related collision processes. This improved and e ...

    SBIR Phase I 1997 Department of Commerce
  7. Improved and Tuanble Infrared Rugate Filters

    SBC: RUGATE TECHNOLOGIES, INC.            Topic: N/A

    Rugate Technologies, Incorporated, proposes to develop improved narrow notch and tunable Rugate filters for the infrared. Four problems are addressed in this study: (1) identification of Rugate material pairs for use in the far infrared (out to 30 microns); (2) development of polarization and non-polarization sensitive narrow notch filters, as well as control of sensitivity to incidence angle; (3) ...

    SBIR Phase I 1997 Department of Commerce
  8. A Step/Corba Framework for Integrating Manufacturing Specifications with

    SBC: RENAISSANCE SERVICES            Topic: N/A

    While much of the data involved in product and order definition has been captured in standard electronic structures such as IGES and EDI, material and process specifications are still handled as amorphous, paper-based documents. The use of manual, text-based specifications is an extremely labor-intensive and time-consuming process. Specifications are an integral part of the product and order defin ...

    SBIR Phase I 1997 Department of Commerce
  9. Stable Filterless Solar-Blind UV Photodiodes Based on Silicon

    SBC: Spire Corporation            Topic: N/A

    The proposed program will investigate fabrication of low-cost and stable Si- based filterless solar-blind UV detectors on radiation-hard silicon-on-insulator (SOI) structures. By fabricating detectors on silicon thin films, the active device layer thickness can be chosen so that shortwave photons are detected within the active layer, while the longer wavelengths are absorbed in a substrate which i ...

    SBIR Phase I 1997 Department of Commerce
  10. Efficient Three-Dimensional CFD Model for Spray Combustion

    SBC: StreamWise, Inc.            Topic: N/A

    A program is proposed to demonstrate the feasibility of developing a general computational fluid dynamics (CFD) method for predicting turbulent, multi-phase mixing and reacting fluid/particle dynamics for three-dimensional spray combustion systems. The method allows coupled flow, chemistry and polydisperse aerosol behavior to be calculated efficiently in a Eulerian reference frame. Dispersed dropl ...

    SBIR Phase I 1997 Department of Commerce

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