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SBC: Prime Photonics, LC Topic: T1201
Prime Photonics proposes to team with Dr. Duke of Virginia Tech to develop a multi-mode, enhanced piezoelectric acoustic emission sensing system to couple large damage events to local distribution of damage accommodation. Our system will be centered around an instrument designed to accept the output of a piezoelectric transducer sensitive to in-plane acoustic events. The signal processing path w ...STTR Phase II 2016 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
SBC: CFD RESEARCH CORPORATION Topic: T602
High-energy space radiation from Galactic Cosmic Rays and Solar Particle Events (SPEs) pose significant risks to equipment and astronaut health in NASA missions. Energetic particles from SPEs associated with flares and coronal mass ejections (CMEs) may adversely affect not only beyond-Low-Earth-Orbit missions, but also aircraft avionics, communications, and airline crew/passenger health. It is cru ...STTR Phase II 2016 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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
SBC: CORNERSTONE RESEARCH GROUP INC Topic: T1202
Supporting aerospace mission readiness, a system is needed that allows for composite repairs without the current roadblocks imposed by ovens, autoclaves, and expensive tooling. Cornerstone Research Group (CRG), its subsidiary NONA Composites, and the University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI) presents NASA with the opportunity to obtain a rapid and robust method for on-site composite structura ...STTR Phase II 2017 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
SBC: NANOSONIC INC. Topic: T702
Through the STTR program, NanoSonic and Virginia Tech will create low-cost, reusable membranes that selectively capture and recycle nutrients (e.g., N, P, K) from urine in space. Urine is a readily available commodity in space that is rich in valuable nutrients for plant growth. Humans produce individually about 500 L of urine per year that contains ~7 g/L of nitrogen (N), ~1 g/L phosphorous (P) ...STTR Phase I 2017 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
SBC: Terves LLC Topic: T101
The Phase I STTR project will develop an ignition system for a high density hybrid rocket motor using non-toxic, storable, ionic liquid oxidizers and high density polymer fuels. The program will also research fuel additives to boost ISP and fuel regression rate of the high density, high regression ate fuel.. This high density propulsion system resolves one of the chief drawbacks of hybrid rock ...STTR Phase I 2017 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
High Performance Simulation Tool for Multiphysics Propulsion Using Fidelity-Adaptive Combustion ModelingSBC: STREAMLINE NUMERICS INC Topic: T102
The innovation proposed here is a fidelity-adaptive combustion model (FAM) implemented into the Loci-STREAM CFD code for use at NASA for simulation of rocket combustion. This work will result in a high-fidelity, high-performance multiphysics simulation capability to enhance NASA's current simulation capability of unsteady turbulent reacting flows involving cryogenic propellants. This novel FAM m ...STTR Phase I 2017 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
SBC: CFD RESEARCH CORPORATION Topic: T102
Launch vehicles experience extreme acoustic loads dominated by rocket exhaust plume interactions with ground structures during lift-off, which can produce damaging vibro-acoustic loads on the vehicle and payloads if not properly understood and mitigated against. Existing capabilities for modeling the turbulent plume physics during early lift-off are too dissipative to accurately resolve the propag ...STTR Phase I 2017 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
SBC: CFD RESEARCH CORPORATION Topic: T102
Solid rocket motor (SRM) design requires thorough understanding of the slag accumulation process in order to: predict thrust continuity, optimize propellant conversion efficiency, predict coning effects from sloshing, and assess potential orbital debris (slag) hazard. Current state-of-the-art models for SRM environment do not have the capability to simulate the accumulation and dynamics of slag in ...STTR Phase I 2017 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
SBC: Radiometrics Corporation Topic: T103
Launch safety and efficiency requires timely and accurate wind, thermodynamic and pressure information from the surface to 20 km height, and lightning risk identification. A Doppler radar now provides wind measurements that satisfy this requirement at the Eastern Test Range. Thermodynamic soundings are provided by intermittent radiosondes on launch day. Typical intervals of an hour or more between ...STTR Phase I 2017 National Aeronautics and Space Administration