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2015 Create the Future Design Contest: Electronics Category Winner

Real-Time Fiber Optic Sensing System Lance Richards NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center Edwards, CA A team at NASA Armstrong has developed fiber optic sensing system (FOSS) technology that represents a major breakthrough in high-speed operational monitoring and sensing. Driven by ultra-efficient algorithms, FOSS can be used to determine, in real time, a variety of critical parameters including strain, shape deformation, temperature, liquid level, and operational loads. This state-of-the-art sensor system delivers reliable measurements in the most demanding environments confronted by aerospace, automotive, and energy sectors. FOSS is ideal for monitoring the structural health of aircraft, buildings, and dams; improving the efficiency of turbines and industrial equipment; and detecting instabilities within tunnels and power plants.

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When Wire Feedthroughs Make Sense

Engineers who work with pressure and vacuum chambers usually reach for off-the-shelf sealed bulkhead connectors when they need to pass power and signal wires through the chamber wall. And while these connectors may seem like the best or only way to breach the chamber walls, they can actually drive cost, impose unnecessary mechanical design constraints and trigger electrical problems. So what’s the alternative? Wire feedthroughs hermetically sealed with epoxy. Learn more in our white paper.

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Traceability Best Practices for Systems Engineers

Serious situations: In the middle of a project, your best customer changes a high-level business requirement. How will this change impact the system spec your engineers are working on right now? How will it impact scope for the upcoming release?

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Nonlinear Model Predictive Control

This whitepaper presents an automatic workflow for implementing Model Predictive Control (MPC) controllers. The process uses MapleSim to generate a model of the system, whose dynamic equations are then extracted using Maple. Next, Maple is used to formulate the MPC problem, and generate the solver, which it automatically converts into the C code of the MPC controller. The advantage of using Maple is that the required procedures and their corresponding derivatives are computed and optimized whenever there is a change in the dynamic equations. The use of Maple saves time, removes human error, and produces highly optimized controller code.

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Three Phase Active Power Factor Correction in a Single Step

Isolated, Regulated DC Output in One Conversion Reduces Cost, Complexity and Risk Multi-step regulation and isolation of electronic circuits is a complex and costly process for AC to DC conversion in high power applications, demanding close attention to power factor and current distortion, as well as size, weight, efficiency and cost. To solve these challenges for the power conversion engineer, Marotta Controls has developed its new patent-pending 1-STEP AC-DC Conversion™.

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NUMIT2.0

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California Internal electrostatic discharge (IESD) can cause spacecraft failure and anomalies related to the space environment, but it is very hard to predict when IESD might happen. Therefore, assessment of the IESD at a given space environment and a given dielectric geometry is important for spacecraft reliability.

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Reusable Integrated Instrument Control and Computing Platform

This reusable hardware/software platform has applications in embedded systems and digital signal processing applications in small spacecraft, airborne avionics, and instrument electronics. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California ISAAC (Instrument Shared Artifact for Computing) offers adaptability, computation power, I/O bandwidth, digital interface standards, and data processing capability in a single, common, low-mass/power, and small-form-factor platform with significantly reduced, nonrecurring cost and risk to Earth Science instruments such as SMAP/HYDROS and other NASA/JPL planetary exploration instruments with diverse requirements. This platform has six key components:

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