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Tool for Turbine Engine Closed-loop Transient Analysis (TTECTrA)

John H. Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio The current steady-state performance-based system studies are not adequate to evaluate certain advanced technologies for the challenges associated with meeting the transient performance requirements without better definition and control of component operating margins. Additional dynamic analyses would require more detailed, physics-based, component-level models and controllers in order to better identify dynamic issues that may arise during operation of the engine. The additional complexity in these models increases the effort necessary throughout the design processes, including the system-analysis step. The solution would be a physics-based engine model with full envelope controller. C-MAPSS and C-MAPSS40k are examples of engine models with full envelope controllers, but because they are designed to model a specific engine, they are not good candidates for systems analysis.

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Next Generation of 3DGRAPE: Flexible Framework for Hypersonic Navier-Stokes Shuttle Orbiter Meshes

High-fidelity grids were generated rapidly using an assembly line approach with teamwork among NASA centers. Langley Research Center, Hampton, Virginia The class of 3DGRAPE codes is designed to generate volume grids using iterative methods to solve the non-linear, nonhomogeneous, elliptic partial differential heat equation with heat sources. The solution to the heat equation develops three-dimensional discrete points within a domain outside or inside a vehicle where fluid flow is simulated with Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD). The latest version in this class of software is the 3DGRAPE/AL:V3, version 3 of the Three-Dimensional Grids about Anything by Poisson’s Equation with Upgrades from NASA Ames and Langley computer programs. The previous version, 3DGRAPE/AL:V2 [“Further Improvement in 3DGRAPE,” (LAR-16415-1) NASA Tech Briefs, Vol. 28, No. 9 (September 2004), p. 50], was advanced through the development of a new block-to-block boundary condition that guarantees C-I continuity between adjacent blocks sharing a common block face. Until this condition was developed, matching block faces were only created by projecting a straight line from one cell into each block from the matching face, thereby changing the initial grid that defines a structured multiple block system.

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Acoustic Emission Analysis Applet (AEAA) Software

This program has application for any pressure vessel acoustic emission data where advanced analysis is needed. John H. Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio Vendor software supplied with commercial acoustic emission equipment is incapable of performing the analysis required to characterize damage and make decisions on remaining life for NASA composite overwrapped pressure vessels (COPVs). The Acoustic Emission Analysis Applet (AEAA) software, currently a post-processing capability, will, in the second phase of the program, be modified to work in-situ in order to allow near-real-time decision-making on COPV damage and remaining life. Ultimately, this software will be utilized in-situ in pseudo-real time to monitor COPVs on space vehicles.

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Software-Defined Beacon Receiver Implementation Using Frequency Estimation Algorithms

This algorithm yields a more accurate measurement of frequency and signal power than conventional approaches. John H. Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio The objective of this work was to develop a robust, cost-effective receiver with maximum dynamic range to track the frequency and power variation of a beacon signal. The result was the development of a frequency estimation algorithm that yields a more accurate measurement of frequency and signal power than conventional approaches like a simple FFT (fast Fourier transform) peak search with bin summing, or a phase locked loop (PLL).

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CT-CURS: Computed Tomography Cylinder Data Unwrapping-Reslicing & Analysis, v2

John H. Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio The software for NASA’s Northstar Systems computed tomography (CT) and Picometrix Terahertz CT systems do not have the ability to unwrap and reslice cylindrical CT data to allow top-to-bottom, 2D sheet views of the data. Therefore, it is difficult to size flaws laterally (although viewing slices in the slice view plane allows sizing flaws in the depth [exterior-to-interior] direction). The unwrapped and resliced view would greatly facilitate inspection assessments.

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Space Weather Database of Notifications, Knowledge, Information — DONKI

Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland SW DONKI is a comprehensive Web application for space weather forecasters, scientists, and the general space weather community. It serves as an archive for space weather activities including solar flares, coronal mass ejections (CMEs), solar energetic particles, and geomagnetic storms. An innovative feature of the system is the ability to generate, modify, and store complex linkages between space weather events — creating a comprehensive network of relationships between activities, and identifying potential cause-and-effect paradigms for each space weather event. SW DONKI also provides public access to all human-generated event analysis and notifications produced by the Space Weather Research Center (SWRC) forecasting team at CCMC (Community Coordinated Modeling Center).

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Core Flight System (cFS) Software Bus Network Application Version 1.0

Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland The Software Bus Network (SBN) is a plug-in component developed for the Core Flight System (cFS) framework that extends the core Flight Executive (cFE) Software Bus (SB) publish/subscribe messaging service across partitions, processes, processors, and networks. This extension is done transparently for cFS software components, such that cFS software components remain unchanged and are unaware of source or destination(s) location.

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