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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. Ultra Portable Ride Quality Meter

    SBC: DFUZION, INC.            Topic: 06FR3

    Although the market clearly has several ride quality meters commercially available, the FRA wishes to investigate the possibility of designing a very compact and ultra portable ride quality meter (UPRQM) for allowing railroad inspectors to assess ride safety and quality on revenue trains as well as track locations responsible for the worst ride. Given the emergence of micro-electro-mechanical sys ...

    SBIR Phase I 2008 Department of Transportation
  2. Wireless Passenger Communications System

    SBC: DFUZION, INC.            Topic: 07FR3

    In 2006, the FRA introduced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to enhance intra-train communications on Tier I passenger cars. This rulemaking would promote the safety of passengers and crew members in passenger train emergencies by enhancing FRA's regulations for passenger train emergency systems. The rulemaking specifically addresses passenger train emergency communication systems, includi ...

    SBIR Phase I 2008 Department of Transportation
  3. Driver Fatigue, Distraction, and Alerting Technology

    SBC: Transecurity LLC            Topic: N/A

    Transecurity is a company whose mission is to commercialize technology developed at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute. VTTI researchers and engineers have made significant breakthroughs in driver monitoring, crash risk assessment, and crash avoidance technology including drowsy driver monitoring and warning systems. Technical solutions under development include machine vision-based lane ...

    SBIR Phase I 2008 Department of Transportation
  4. Ultra Portable Ride Quality Meter

    SBC: DFUZION, INC.            Topic: 06FR3

    The Ultra Portable Ride Quality Meter (UPRQM) is a cost-effective, flexible tool that can evolve (with minimal effort) as new GPS and accelerometer devices become commercially available. Each generation of these sensor devices is more responsive, more sensitive, and more accurate than the last generation. The time between generations is also decreasing such that accelerometer and GPS technology ...

    SBIR Phase II 2008 Department of Transportation
  5. Improving the efficiency of feed use in the cattle industry

    SBC: 3 C CATTLE FEEDERS, INC.            Topic: N/A

    While the initial application will be for cattle, the systems developed in this project will be applicable to feeders used for other domestic species including sheep, goats, and domestic hogs. In addition, the systems developed could be used to control gates or other access for animals or objects that are tagged with radio frequency identification systems. This project is designed to increase the ...

    SBIR Phase I 2008 Department of Agriculture
  6. Plant Expression of Cellulase for Biomass Ethanol Production

    SBC: Edenspace Systems Corporation            Topic: N/A

    The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 provides a federal mandate to increase the domestic supply of clean, renewable energy sources. The EIS Act amends the 2005 Renewable Fuels Standard by increasing the goal for renewable fuels use to 9 billion gallons in 2008, 15.2 billion gallons in 2012, and culminating in 36 billion gallons by 2022. Achieving these ambitious goals will be difficult ...

    SBIR Phase II 2008 Department of Agriculture
  7. Anautics CourseBook Project

    SBC: ANAUTICS, INC.            Topic: N/A

    The Anautics CourseBook Project will address three national critical issues in mathematics education the need to support standards based instruction, the need to raise student achievement scores through effective teaching, the need for instruction management through electronic curriculum guidance, assessment and collaboration.

    SBIR Phase I 2008 Department of Education
  8. High Resolution and Fast Scanning Speed SQUID Based Nondestructive Inspection System of Niobium Sheets for SRF Cavities

    SBC: Amac International, Inc.            Topic: 30

    High energy physics accelerators and instruments in other fields require the use of thousands of superconducting radio frequency (SRF) cavities that are made of high purity niobium (Nb) material. The purity of Nb is critical for these cavities to reach the highest accelerating fields. Tantalum (Ta) is the most prolific of metal contaminants, can cause thermal breakdown, and can prevent the cavitie ...

    SBIR Phase II 2008 Department of Energy
  9. ILC Coupler Design

    SBC: Avar Inc.            Topic: 30

    Superconducting radio frequency (SRF) power couplers are used to introduce RF power into evacuated accelerating cavities typically operating at a few degrees Kelvin. These couplers are historically a problematic component that adversely affects the cost and reliability of the entire accelerator system. This project will develop a coupler which is low in capital and operating cost, highly reliable, ...

    SBIR Phase II 2008 Department of Energy
  10. Green Electropolishing for Niobium SRF Cavities

    SBC: BLACK LABORATORIES LLC            Topic: 36a

    The ability of nuclear physics research to continue to make a significant impact on the scientific community relies on advances in accelerator performance, particularly on improvements in superconducting radio frequency (SRF) cavities. In order to obtain optimal performance, the inner surfaces of the SRF cavities must be clean, smooth, and free of damage. However, current methods of treating the s ...

    SBIR Phase I 2008 Department of Energy

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