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Defense Tech Briefs (DTB) provides engineers with a one-stop source for the latest advances and tech transfer opportunities from Defense Department R&D programs. Commercially promising inventions resulting from this work are reported in DTB magazine, published bi-monthly and mailed with NASA Tech Briefs. Here are some of the technologies featured in the April issue: Application of CFD to a Slender-Bodied, Finned Projectile In an application of computational fluid dynamics (CFD), flow fields about a slender-bodied finned projectile and the resulting aerodynamic forces and moments on the projectile were computed. The computations are exemplary of those needed for predicting aerodynamic performances in order to optimize designs of advanced projectiles, missiles, and rockets. (Page 14)

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A fabric (non reflective) is available that can emit its own light. It is created with threads of every type and nature and can emit light in different colors. View this technology here.

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The ScanWorks(R) hand-held 3D laser scanner from Perceptron (Plymouth, MI) was named Photonics Tech Briefs Product of the Month for April. The instrument features a scanning rate of up to 458,000 points per second and can maintain a dense point resolution of approximately 14 microns. The device projects the sensor's field of view onto the target scanning area to visualize the best scanning strategy, and may be used on dark or highly reflective surfaces. The scanning software includes a MS Windows XP-style interface, intelligent sensor calibration, real-time point shading, and automatic exposure control.

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NASA Tech Briefs Free Webinars

Virtual Testing at the CAD Stage with Simulation Software June 6, 2007, 2:00 PM In order to successfully compete in the global marketplace, your product design process needs to be the best in its class, delivering innovative products of the highest quality, at the lowest cost, with the shortest possible design cycle time. Sponsored by Noran Engineering, Inc., NASA Tech Briefs presents a FREE Webinar that examines how progressive engineering departments are accomplishing this by using analysis software at the CAD design stage to virtually test parts and validate structural, thermal, and dynamic performance before they make the first article.

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Technology Business Brief

New CNT Array Adhesion Tape and the Opportunity to Collaborate Company is seeking industry support for further testing and development of its carbon nanotube (CNT) adhesive. Developed in conjunction with the National Science Foundation, NASA, and the University of California-Berkeley, this company is looking for industry investment to support tests on the adhesion strength and mechanical stability of its nano adhesive.

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