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Rocket Sled Parachute Design Verification

This test architecture helps verify parachute designs for Mars and Earth applications that are too large to fit inside existing wind tunnels. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California Historically, parachutes have been load-tested by various methods including release from an aircraft, deploying in a wind tunnel, dragging through water, and shooting out of an air cannon. Each type of testing has its own advantages and drawbacks. Due to the loading mechanics particular to parachutes deploying in a very thin atmosphere, none of the testing methods was appropriate for testing the next generation of Mars’ full-scale parachutes.

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How To Make Pressure Switches That Last

Simple design principles for harsh operating conditions Fluid control systems for many aerospace, industrial and heavy equipment applications require accurate, reliable pressure switching under harsh operating conditions. In these applications, the wrong pressure switch can cause catastrophic damage or even endanger human life.

Posted in: White Papers, Fluid Handling

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Controlling the EMI Effects of Avionic Equipment

Devices that can cause interference in aircraft include laptops, tablets, and cell phones, and all have been suspected of causing events such as autopilot disconnects, erratic flight deck indications, and airplanes turning off course. Board level shielding has never been more important in maintaining the functionality and safety of avionic equipment.

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Force Transfer Machines

There has been ongoing debate as to whether or not a hydraulic force machine that applies the force simultaneously to both the reference standard and the unit under test is more repeatable and reproducible when the force is applied and transferred with 3 bars versus 2 bars. The debate centers around alignment of the reference standard and the unit under test. There is no disagreement about the benefits of using a triangular configuration when using multiple load cells to weigh an object; however, there is a debate over any advantages that might be offered by using a 3 bar Universal Calibrating Machine (UCM) instead of a traditional 2 bar system. This paper provides test results for repeatability and reproducibility for a 2 bar UCM and a 3 bar UCM, showing the null hypothesis to be correct and proving that there is not a difference between either type of UCM.

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Driving Auto Performance Through Lubricant Selection

Underhood temperatures are gradually rising as aerodynamics dictate tighter packaging and large engines are being replaced by smaller turbocharged and supercharged engines for improved fuel efficiency. With ambient temperatures under the hood exceeding 120 °C (248 °F), finding a lubricant that can withstand the high temperatures for an extended period of time is key.

Posted in: White Papers, Coatings & Adhesives

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NEO Hunter Seeker Micro-Spacecraft and Mission Concept

Spacecraft mass and mission cost can be drastically reduced, including the ability to not only discover, but visit near Earth objects. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California The area of research known as “Planetary Defense” is largely concerned with identifying and tracking asteroids that could impact Earth. The vast majority of asteroids that pose such a risk are known as “Near Earth Asteroids/Objects” or NEAs and NEOs. Some of them are unknown, un-cataloged, and untracked, but are presumed to orbit in Earth-like orbits, and periodically cross Earth’s orbit in a possibly threatening manner.

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Multipath, Multistage, Erosion-Resistive Valve for Downhole Flow Control

This valve can sustain the extremely high pressure of deep oil wells. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California Multipath, multistage, erosion-resistant flow control valves have been developed that can sustain the extremely high pressure of deep oil wells. Fitting in the restricted available space and operating using limited power with a long lifetime are challenges for choke valves in the downhole environment of oil wells. These valves must control the flow rate from high-pressure oil reservoirs in the presence of fluids that have non-zero sand concentrations. This design consists of a digitized flow control valve with multipath and multistage pressure reduction structures. Specifically, the valve is configured as a set of parallel flow paths from the inlet to the outlet.

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