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Metal Digital Direct Manufacturing (MDDM) for Close-Out of Combustion Chambers and Nozzle FabricationsSBC: Keystone Synergistic Enterprises, LLC Topic: T1204
This NASA sponsored STTR project will investigate methods for close-out of large, liquid rocket engine, nickel or stainless steel nozzle, coolant channels utilizing robotic laser and pulsed-arc additive manufacturing (AM)methods. Structural jacket to coolant channel land area interface strength will be quantified and metallurgical characterization completed. Process optimizations will be conducte ...STTR Phase II 2017 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Closed-Loop Control of the Thermal Stir Welding Process to Enable Rapid Process / Part QualificationSBC: Keystone Synergistic Enterprises, LLC Topic: T901
Thermal Stir Welding (TSW) provides advancement over the more conventional Friction Stir Welding (C-FSW) process because it separates the primary processes variables thereby allowing independent control of metal stirring and forging from the stir zone temperature. However, the feedback for precise control of the stir zone temperature, and hence the process parameters to sustain that temperature wi ...STTR Phase II 2013 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
SBC: TDA RESEARCH, INC. Topic: T601
A spacecraft thermal control system must keep the vehicle, avionics and atmosphere (if crewed) within a defined temperature range. Since water is non-toxic and good for heat transport, it is typically used as the coolant that circulates within the crew cabin boundary. This loop then interfaces with another low freeze point fluid, such as ammonia, for transport of heat to a radiator where the tempe ...STTR Phase II 2013 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
SBC: CFD RESEARCH CORPORATION Topic: T701
Current modeling of Lunar and Martian soil erosion and debris transport caused by rocket plume impingement lacks essential physics from the peculiar granular characteristics of highly irregular regolith particles. Current granular mechanics models are based on mono-disperse spherical particles empiricism unsuitable for capturing the poly-disperse irregularly shaped grain mechanics. CFDRC and the U ...STTR Phase II 2010 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
SBC: Keystone Synergistic Enterprises, LLC Topic: T901
The Keystone and MSU team propose to build on the successful feasibility demonstration conducted during Phase I to complete the development of solid-state joining of high strength and temperature alloys utilizing the Thermal Stir Welding process. The focus alloy for this project is Haynes 230; the alloy of choice typically utilized in rocket engine nozzel skirts. This class of alloy is difficult t ...STTR Phase II 2010 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
SBC: AURORA FLIGHT SCIENCES CORPORATION Topic: T101
Space policy direction is shifting, particularly with respect to human goals. Given the uncertainty of future missions to the moon, Mars, and other bodies, a tool that allows for informed analysis of the option space is particularly relevant. Aurora Flight Sciences and MIT propose to further develop the Multi-Robot Planetary Exploration Architecture (MRPEA) methodology, a suite of software tools ...STTR Phase II 2010 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
SBC: STREAMLINE NUMERICS INC Topic: T901
The innovation proposed here is a high-performance, high-fidelity framework in the computational fluid dynamics (CFD) code called Loci-STREAM to enable accurate, fast and robust simulations of unsteady multiphase flows such as combustion involving liquid-gas phases in liquid rocket injectors and solid-gas phases in solid rocket motors, and cryogenic cavitation in delivery systems of liquid rocket ...STTR Phase II 2010 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
SBC: Microxact, Inc. Topic: T801
Thermoelectric (TE) devices already found a wide range of commercial, military and aerospace applications. However, at present commercially available TE devices typically offer limited heat to electricity conversion efficiencies, well below the fundamental thermodynamic limit, calling for the development of higher efficiency materials. The team of MicroXact Inc., Virginia Tech and Sundew Technolog ...STTR Phase II 2010 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
MEMS Based Solutions for an Integrated and Miniaturized Multi-Spectrum Energy Harvesting and Conservation SystemSBC: Radiance Technologies, Inc. Topic: T301
The objective of this proposal is to develop three unique energy harvesting technologies utilizing our existing research strengths that will be of interest and utility to NASA applications and environmental conditions. By developing multiple technologies, NASA will be able to harvest energy from multiple waste energy sources, namely environmental vibrations, thermal energy, and solar flux. These d ...STTR Phase I 2013 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
SBC: Luna Innovations Incorporated Topic: T802
Luna will team with Dr. John Bowers of UCSB to develop an Optical Frequency Domain Reflectometry (OFDR) system-on-chip using heterogeneous silicon photonics to enable a minimal weight structural health monitoring system. This system-on-chip will be the building block for distributed sensing interrogation systems that are the size of a deck of playing cards. This lightweight, rugged, and miniature ...STTR Phase I 2017 National Aeronautics and Space Administration