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  1. Microwave measurement of rail distance traveled


    Rail vehicle distance traveled measurements don't currently meet the precision requirement of 5ft./mile.  An innovative microwave technique is proposed using two X band transceiver assemblies separated by a known distance.  Reflected energy from metal objects such as tie-plates or dielectric contrast between ties and rail bed are used as replicate pairs to measure the time passage betwee ...

    SBIR Phase I 2009 Department of Transportation
  2. Research and Development of a Simulation-Based Strategic Planning Tool for Water and Wastewater Resource Management

    SBC: VIASIM            Topic: N/A

    The primary benefits of SimBLOX to the public are that it helps private and government organizations become better stewards of taxpayers' dollars and it protects our natural resources. The proposed research and resulting proof-of-concept model for this Phase I effort has enormous potential to assist water management agencies in drafting and implementing more effective policies and practices relate ...

    SBIR Phase I 2009 Department of Agriculture
  3. Rapid enzyme based detection of toxins in food.


    The safety of the public food supply is an emerging and important public health issue in the United States. Recent, widely-reported food and feed contaminations by pathogens and banned substances such as melamine have fueled an increased demand for improved assays to screen and protect the food supply. The antibody-based ELISA assay is a powerful, cost-effective method to detect trace analytes, su ...

    SBIR Phase II 2009 Department of Agriculture
  4. Solar Energy, Materials Solutions for Cells and Modules

    SBC: Applied Nanotech, Inc.            Topic: N/A

    Electrical contacts represent a critical element of photovoltaic technology and are problematic for silicon solar cell production. Current processes that use silver and nickel/copper top contacts are not cost effective: silver is too expensive and the use of a nickel diffusion barrier adds cost and complexity to the assembly process. Alternative metals such as aluminum and copper have thus far ...

    SBIR Phase II 2009 Department of Energy
  5. Carbon Stripper Foil for the Next Generation Rare Isotope Beam Facility

    SBC: Applied Nanotech, Inc.            Topic: 49d

    The Rare Isotope Accelerator (RIA) will be a key tool for nuclear science that promises to change the way we view and describe the nucleus. In the RIA, a charge stripper foil will be an essential device. These foils will increase the variety of acceleration schemes and decrease accelerator construction cost. What is needed is a large-area carbon stripper foil that has a uniform mass density of ...

    SBIR Phase I 2009 Department of Energy
  6. CNT-Based Electrostatic Atomizing Fuel Injector Promoting Fuel Combustion Efficiency

    SBC: Applied Nanotech, Inc.            Topic: 14b

    Currently, more than 62 million registered cars and 6.4 million unregistered vehicles are operating in the United States, of which 64% are powered by gasoline engines. The annual consumption of gasoline hit a record high in 2007 at about 140 billion gallons. In 2007, the US government passed a bill to mandate an average fuel economy of 35 miles per gallon by 2020, thereby creating a great need f ...

    SBIR Phase I 2009 Department of Energy
  7. Sintered Copper Ink as a Low Cost Replacement for High Temperature Solders

    SBC: Applied Nanotech, Inc.            Topic: 24c

    In hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) that operate at elevated temperatures, an independent cooling loop is used to maintain the reliability of the power electronics, which otherwise would suffer from degradations related to the die-attachment method used in the power electronics. However, the elimination of this extra cooling loop for the power electroni ...

    SBIR Phase I 2009 Department of Energy
  8. High Temperature Sensors for Geothermal Applications

    SBC: Benz Airborne Systems            Topic: 21b

    Recent studies show that geothermal energy could generate up to 100,000 Megawatts of power within the U.S., which represents about one tenth of today¿s current electrical generating capacity. Geothermal energy production requires the presence of a geophysical area with the following attributes: heat, water, and permeability. Such areas can be increased by using Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS ...

    SBIR Phase I 2009 Department of Energy
  9. Electronics for Fast Vertex Position Measurement

    SBC: Blue Sky Electronics, Llc            Topic: 48c

    Particle colliders such as the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) at Brookhaven National Laboratory have circular, counter-rotating particle beams which are focused such that they cross and collide at a few places around the collider ring. Large, complex particle detectors are located at these positions to record and measure the new particles resulting from the particle beam collisions. The lo ...

    SBIR Phase I 2009 Department of Energy
  10. Bright White Tandem OLED with Carbon Nanotube Hole Injecting Interlayer

    SBC: SOLARNO, INC            Topic: 10d

    White organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs) have become well recognized as an important candidate for future lighting products. However, outstanding challenges with respect to efficiency and degradation processes remain. Previous work on tandem OLED technology has produced devices with increased, brightness, efficiency, and lifetime. However, it was found that the interconnecting layer is cruci ...

    STTR Phase I 2009 Department of Energy

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