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The Award database is continually updated throughout the year. As a result, data for FY19 is not expected to be complete until April, 2020.

  1. Easy Access to Freight Locomotives

    SBC: GS Engineering Inc.            Topic: 141FR3

    GS Engineering is proposing an innovative access system for freight locomotives that will make on-boarding and off-boarding significantly easier and safer by reducing the effort required and assisting workers with the climb up and down. The proposed solutions would eliminate the large first step and reduce / eliminate the additional steps required to board the train. An improved anti-skid step wil ...

    SBIR Phase I 2014 Department of Transportation
  2. Corrosion Resistant Prestressing Strand for Prestressed Concrete Bridges

    SBC: METNA CO            Topic: 141FH6

    Prestressing strands are the core constituents of prestressed concrete structures. Steel offers important advantages over the emerging classes of composite tendons in this application; susceptibility of prestressing steel to corrosion, however, is a concern. The market appeal of existing corrosion-resistant strands has been dampened by their high cost and some enduring technical concerns. In recen ...

    SBIR Phase I 2014 Department of Transportation
  3. LookOut: A Scenario-based Driving Simulator for Enhancing Hazard Detection and Avoidance

    SBC: Quantum Signal LLC            Topic: 132FH2

    the goal of driver's education is to provide students with the skills necessary to safely and effectively operate a motor vehicle. While effective training has been implemented since the 1930s, research suggest opportunities to enhance driver hazard anticipation and avoidance, which could in turn dramatically impact public safety. Hazard-related training has traditionally been difficult to accom ...

    SBIR Phase I 2014 Department of Transportation
  4. Hybrid Laser Arc Welding for Thick Plate High Performance Steels

    SBC: TECHKNOWSERV CORP            Topic: 132FH1

    High performance steels were developed in a cooperative program between the Federal Highway Administration (FHA), the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), and the U.S. Navy Carderock Division of the Naval Surface Warfare Center. HPS70W high strength steel is currently being used in bridge structures. HPS is stronger than conventional 70W steel and has less than 15% of the sulfur and 60% of th ...

    SBIR Phase I 2014 Department of Transportation
  5. Equity in Agricultural Water Quality Monitoring (EAWQM)

    SBC: AQUA VITAE MONITORING, LLC            Topic: 84

    Problem. The farming industry is a significant contributor of nutrients to the nation & #39;s waterways yet, as a non-point source, remains unregulated by the USEPA. Excessive nitrogen has created hypoxic zones in water bodies such as the Gulf of Mexico, which receives drainage from 41 percent of the continental United States. Nutrient point sources such as POTWs will require costly expansions ...

    SBIR Phase I 2014 Department of Agriculture
  6. Enhanced Butanol Yields for Advcanced Biofuels Production Using an Electrochemical Bioreactor

    SBC: BIOCHEMINSIGHTS INC            Topic: 88

    Biofuels from agricultural sources is one component of the strategy for achieving energy independence. Specifically, bio-butanol is a more attractive fuel than bio-ethanol because it:provides better gas mileage;achieves higher blends with gasoline than bioethanol;runs in existing engines;has greater compatibility with existing fuel infrastructure;is less volatile than ethanol;is more amenable to t ...

    SBIR Phase I 2014 Department of Agriculture
  7. Value-Added Use of Non-Wood Biomass Combustion Ash Towards Prod. of Sustainable, Economical and High-Performance Geopolymer Concrete

    SBC: METNA CO            Topic: 88

    The project will develop value-added applications for non-wood biomass combustion ashes, relying upon their typical chemical composition, in inorganic polymers (geopolymers). as sustainable, safe, high-performance and economically competitive binder materials. Biomass ash-based geopolymers promise important environmental (carbon footprint, energy content), performance (barrier, durability, chemica ...

    SBIR Phase I 2014 Department of Agriculture
  8. Low cost approach for production of sweet proteins as sugar substitutes

    SBC: Abzyme Therapeutics, LLC            Topic: 85

    In a large portion of the population the strong desire to eat sweet foods is a major contributing factor leading to overweightness and obesity, and the concomitant predisposition to diabetes diseases. Low calorie sweeteners like Saccharin, Aspartame, Cyclamate and Acesulfame K are popular with patients affected by diseases caused by the consumption of sugar, e.g. diabetes, hyperlipemia, caries, ob ...

    SBIR Phase I 2014 Department of Agriculture
  9. Glycerol Determination in Biodiesel Fuels using Glycerol Oxidase

    SBC: THE NITRATE ELIMINATION CO INC            Topic: 88

    Whenever biodiesel is made, ten percent of the reaction is the by-product glycerol (also called glycerin). Glycerol has many uses, but it is not a fuel: burning glycerol in any engine will cause irreversible damage. So glycerol must be removed from biodiesel before it can be sold or used. ASTM Intermational, the trade association that sets standards for purity of many industrial products, has set ...

    SBIR Phase II 2014 Department of Agriculture
  10. Automated, Personalized Formative Feedback for Student Writing with the LightSide Revision Assistant

    SBC: Lightside Labs LLC            Topic: N/A

    The project team is developing a prototype of the LightSide Revision Assistant, a web-based writing program for students in grades 6 to 8. The product will include an interface where students write essays and receive instant and automatic feedback, including in-line comments. Feedback will support students using an iterative revision and reflection process when writing, in contrast with existing t ...

    SBIR Phase I 2014 Department of Education

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