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Low-Temperature Oxidation/
Reduction Catalysts
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Low-Temperature Oxidation/ Reduction Catalysts

The low-temperature oxidation catalyst technology employs a novel catalyst formulation, termed platinized tin oxide (Pt/SnOx). The catalysts can be used on silica gel and cordierite catalyst supports, and the latest developments provide sprayable formulations for use on a range of support types and...
Tethered vehicle control and tracking system
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Tethered vehicle control and tracking system

A kite system includes a kite and a ground station. The ground station includes a sensor that can be utilized to determine an angular position and velocity of the kite relative to the ground station. A controller utilizes a fuzzy logic control system to autonomously fly the kite. The system may...
Dispersion of Carbon
Nanotubes in Polymers
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Dispersion of Carbon Nanotubes in Polymers

The technology portfolio spans several methods for dispersion and processing of CNTs in polymer resins and composites. CNT/resin systems with high dispersion and long-term stability are provided by three general approaches. One method relies on mechanical dispersion by sonication simultaneous with...
Multi-element airfoil system
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Multi-element airfoil system

A multi-element airfoil system includes an airfoil element having a leading edge region and a skin element coupled to the airfoil element. A slat deployment system is coupled to the slat and the skin element, and is capable of deploying and retracting the slat and the skin element. The skin element...
Low-Profile Wireless Sensor
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Low-Profile Wireless Sensor

The low-profile sensor is configured with a spiral electrical trace on flexible substrate. In typical inductor designs, the space between traces is designed to minimize parasitic conductance to reduce the impact of the capacitance to neighboring electronics. In the low-profile sensor, however,...
Laser Linear Frequency
Modulation System
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Laser Linear Frequency Modulation System

For decades, frequency modulation has been used to generate chirps, the signals produced and interpreted by sonar and radar systems. Traditionally, a radio or microwave signal is transmitted toward the target and reflected back to a detector, which records the time elapsed and calculates the...
Quick Change Ceramic Flame Holder
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Quick Change Ceramic Flame Holder

The high output flame holder was developed in support of the U.S. Navy's efforts to design a jet engine simulator for infrared plume studies. Previous tests had shown that off-the-shelf components would melt or burn up in a short time. Given these design and performance criteria, NASA developed a...
Rolled Electroactive Polymer Actuators
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Rolled Electroactive Polymer Actuators

To control membrane tension, the actuator is deployed between a frame and the flexible membrane, and attached to both. Application of a voltage to the actuator causes the actuator to shorten, increasing tension on the membrane. Currently, tension in most membrane structures is controlled with...
Fluid Measurement Sensor
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Fluid Measurement Sensor

The fluid measurement sensor is configured with a spiral electrical trace on flexible substrate. The sensor receives a signal from the accompanying magnetic field data acquisition system. Once electrically active, the sensor produces its own harmonic magnetic field as the inductor stores and...
Oceanic Surface Air Pressure Sensing
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Oceanic Surface Air Pressure Sensing

Understanding the characteristics of a weather system is vital to predicting the path and severity of storms such as hurricanes and typhoons. The surface air pressure over the ocean is one of the key characteristics that can be used in making those predictions. Current long-range technologies can...
Carbon Nanotube-based Sensors
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Carbon Nanotube-based Sensors

Global, real-time structural health monitoring systems for air and space vehicles require new strategies for the development of extremely small and lightweight sensors that are embeddable and scalable to arrays. Geometries with very thin regions (e.g., leading edges), sharp changes (e.g., wing/...
Fail-Safe High-Temperature
Composite Structure
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Fail-Safe High-Temperature Composite Structure

State-of-the-art thermal protection systems typically include a support or carrier structure with thermal protection material/elements coupled to the carrier structure and exposed to an ambient, high-temperature environment. The carrier structure is generally made from a low-temperature material...
Low Frequency Portable Acoustic Measurement System
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Low Frequency Portable Acoustic Measurement System

Langley has developed various technologies to enable the portable detection system, including: - 3-inch electret condenser microphone - unprecedented sensitivity of -45 dB/Hz - compact nonporous windscreen - suitable for replacing spatially demanding soaker hoses in current use - infrasonic...
Tailored Dielectric Materials
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Tailored Dielectric Materials

NASAs technology involves the development of tailorable dielectric materials by the deposition of metal nanoparticles on carbon nanotubes using a solvent-free method. The novel materials consist of aligned nanotubes decorated with nanometer dimension metal particles distributed in a polymer matrix...
Cavity Noise Reduction
Technology
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Cavity Noise Reduction Technology

Attached to the interior edges of the wheel well and covering the entire cavity opening, the stretchable mesh promotes growth of three-dimensional flow structures within the free shear layer. The fine flow structures generated by the mesh effectively reduce shear layer roll-up and eliminate span-...
New Method for
Pitot-Static Calibration
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New Method for Pitot-Static Calibration

NASA Langley's method for pitot-static calibration is a novel application of modern system identification methods for in-flight airspeed calibration. True airspeed is calculated using measurements from a global positioning system (GPS) by vector summing of ground speed and estimated wind speed...
Computational Visual Servo
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Computational Visual Servo

The innovation improves upon the performance of passive automatic enhancement of digital images. Specifically, the image enhancement process is improved in terms of resulting contrast, lightness, and sharpness over the prior art of automatic processing methods. The innovation brings the technique...
High-Performance Polyimide Insulation Technologies
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High-Performance Polyimide Insulation Technologies

NASA Langley developed the polyimide foam technology to meet an aerospace industry demand for high-performance structural foam with increased stiffness but without large weight increases that could operate over a large temperature regime -253 degrees Celsius to 232 degrees Celsius. The process for...
NASA Langley's Advanced Actuators and Transducers
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NASA Langley's Advanced Actuators and Transducers

High-performance electromechanical devices based on transducers and actuators are deployed in a wide variety of industries. The common need is a system that converts mechanical energy in the environment to electrical energy to power a device in the most energy-efficient process. NASAs technology...
Forward Voltage Short-Pulse Technique
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Forward Voltage Short-Pulse Technique

NASA's Forward Voltage Short-Pulse Technique provides a novel alternative means to measure LDA junction temperature. Laser diode systems contain a driver that provides nominal quasi-continuous wave pulses. In this technique, a second driver is used to provide precise pulses between operational...
Lunar Surface Manipulation System
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Lunar Surface Manipulation System

NASA Langley developed the LSMS because of the need for a versatile system capable of performing multiple functions on the lunar surface, such as unloading components from a lander, transporting components to an operational site and installing them, and supporting service and replacement during...
Game and Simulation Control
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Game and Simulation Control

The technology is constructed to allow modulation of player inputs to a video game or simulation from a user interface device based on the players psychophysiological state. The invention exploits current wireless motion-sensing technologies to utilize physiological signals for input modulation...
Compact Active Vibration Control System
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Compact Active Vibration Control System

Many piezoelectric control approaches rely on complex digital electronics to implement model-based feedback control algorithms in order to reduce structural vibrations. NASA's new device leverages a highly directional, diamond-shaped actuator with interdigitated electrodes and four miniature...
All-Organic Electroactive Device
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All-Organic Electroactive Device

NASA Langley developed a novel all-organic actuator with SWCNT film electrode because commonly used metal electrodes such as silver and gold tend to constrain displacement (elongation or contraction) of an electroactive polymer at the interface. The actual output strain of the metal devices is...
Plasma Deposition of Metal in Composite Panels
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Plasma Deposition of Metal in Composite Panels

NASA's plasma-deposition process provides the ability to tailor various properties while designing functional parts by selecting specific materials and processing parameters to meet the end goal. Specifically, the plasma process deposits metal particles that are heated as they travel axially at low...
Piezoelectric Fiber
Composite Actuator Portfolio
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Piezoelectric Fiber Composite Actuator Portfolio

The NASA Langley Composite Actuator portfolio utilizes a NASA-patented (US 6,629,341) and commercialized MFC piezoelectric fiber composite actuator platform. This actuator platform enables compact, lightweight electroactive actuators, which can be broadly applied to a variety of actuator...
Flexible High-Temperature Thermocouple
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Flexible High-Temperature Thermocouple

Work to date has been performed with polyimides, but the technology is expected to work with a variety of solvent castable polymers, as well as a variety of metal coatings, including silver, palladium, copper, and aluminum. The process is simple, readily scalable, does not employ vacuum processing...
Tip Vortex Noise Reduction
Technology
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Tip Vortex Noise Reduction Technology

The open-structure of the flap modifications allows the aeroacoustic environment outside the flap to communicate with the perforations or gaps within the flap. The openings embedded within the volume of the flap change the boundary condition at the surface of the flap, significantly reducing the...
Recessed Core Composite
Panel Design
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Recessed Core Composite Panel Design

NASA Langley developed the novel method of constructing recessed core composite panels to reduce unacceptable noise radiated by the existing composite panels. Composite panels are widely used in aerospace applications, and like most lightweight, stiff materials, they efficiently radiate sound...
Jet engine exhaust nozzle flow effector
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Jet engine exhaust nozzle flow effector

A jet engine exhaust nozzle flow effector is a chevron formed with a radius of curvature with surfaces of the flow effector being defined and opposing one another. At least one shape memory alloy (SMA) member is embedded in the chevron closer to one of the chevron's opposing surfaces and...
X-Ray Diffraction Method
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X-Ray Diffraction Method

This innovation is based on two new X-Ray Diffraction measurement methods for integral detection and spatial wafer mapping of twin defects in rhombohedrally aligned cubic semiconductor epitaxial layers. By using this innovation as a quality monitoring and control technique, epitaxial growth methods...
Decorated Carbon Nanotubes
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Decorated Carbon Nanotubes

NASA's technology is a process for depositing nanometer-sized metal particles onto a substrate in the absence of aqueous solvents, organic solvents, and reducing agents, and without any required pretreatment of the substrate. It involves first mixing carbon and an organometallic compound (silver,...
Flow Control Devices
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Flow Control Devices

Both oscillators are flow control devices based on novel geometric designs. They have no moving parts and produce spatially oscillating jets. Each was designed to address a particular limitation of current oscillators. Gaining control authority by decoupling frequency and amplitude: Existing...
ZONE (Zeroing Out Negative Effects)
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ZONE (Zeroing Out Negative Effects)

The system uses perturbation feedback to help the athlete get into the zone through an original method of ZONE. The method allows a trainee to learn physiological self-regulation in order to modify the difficulty of the performance task and/or environment in which training is conducted. For example...
Airborne Doppler Wind
Profiling Algorithm
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Airborne Doppler Wind Profiling Algorithm

APOLO and its supporting data processing package were developed for NASA's Doppler Aerosol Wind (DAWN) lidar to compile three-dimensional wind profiles for improved hurricane forecasting models. The data acquisition and processing software displays wind profile parameters that include Doppler shift...