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Compact Vibration Damper

Do you have a need to reduce vibration in high performance structures? Then, you’ll want to attend this NASA Tech Briefs Webinar!NASA Langley Research Center has developed a compact tuned damper that reduces vibration occurring at a fixed frequency. Structural vibrations frequently need to be damped to prevent damage to a structure. Tuned dampers reduce vibration of the base structure by the dissipation of energy. The magnitude of the dissipated energy is proportional to the square of the displacement or velocity of the tuned mass, which in turn is proportional to the range of motion.

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Real-Time Radiation Monitoring Using Nanotechnology

NASA has patented a unique chemical sensor array leveraging nano-structures for monitoring the concentration of chemical species or gas molecules that is not damaged when exposed to protons and other high-energy particles over time. The nanotechnology-enabled chemical sensor array uses single walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs), metal catalyst-doped SWCNTs, and polymer-coated SWCNTs as the sensing media between a pair of interdigitated electrodes (IDE). By measuring the conductivity change of the SWCNT device, the concentration of the chemical species or gas molecules can be measured. These sensors have high sensitivity, low power requirements, and are robust and have a low manufacturing cost compared to other commercial chemical sensors for detection of trace amount of chemicals in gasses and liquids.

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Flexible Thin Metal Film Thermal Sensing System

NASA’s Langley Research Center has extensively studied self-metallized polyimide films for aerospace applications. These thin films have shown promise not only as reflective coatings, but also conductive coatings. NASA believes that its technology may offer advantages to sensor companies, especially thermocouples as the conductive films show a volume resistivity approaching the pure metal. Specifically, NASA offers a process for producing metallized polymer films with thick conductive metal coatings.

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Integrated Temperature and Capacitive Ablation Recession Rate Sensors

Innovators at NASA’s Glenn Research Center have developed new sensors that can be integrated into thermal protection systems (TPS) to protect them from environmental damage. Radiation, shock, and ablation (erosion of the protective outer surface) combine to damage the TPS material, so it becomes crucial to determine the temperature and rate at which the TPS material deteriorates. Glenn has developed an improved method to bulk-manufacture silicon carbide (SiC) devices that enables sensors to be manufactured economically. Additionally, this technique permits the simultaneous production of SiC sensors of different types (e.g., pressure sensors, flow sensors, and accelerometers) from the same SiC wafer. Glenn’s development holds great potential for any industry that requires sensors and monitoring of temperature, corrosion, or environmental damage.

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Coming Soon - Utilizing the Attributes of Aluminum Extrusion for Effective Automotive Solutions

In Conjunction with SAE Aluminum and the aluminum extrusion process offer product engineers a host of unique attributes. Whether it is the process’ capability of near-net shapes with high precision, the material’s combination of strength with light weight, or its high thermal conductivity, effectively employing extrusion-based components can yield cost-effective lightweighting solutions.

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Coming Soon - Adhesives and Sealants for Automotive Weight Reduction, Safety, and Performance

In Conjunction with SAE Fuel economy regulations are challenging vehicle manufacturers to increase fuel efficiency dramatically. At the same time, OEMs must produce vehicles that satisfy consumer demand for safety, performance, and comfort. New combinations of materials, such as high-strength steels, light metals, and composites, are emerging as OEMs seek to satisfy these conflicting needs.

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Technical Webinar Series from the Editors of SAE - Additive Manufacturing: From Prototyping to Production Parts

In Conjunction with SAE Additive manufacturing is gaining steam in the automotive industry, and not just for prototyping parts. 3D printing processes increasingly are being evaluated for production components, with their promise of shorter development times, lower tooling costs, parts consolidation, more dramatic part shapes and sizes, among other benefits.

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