Application Briefs

Submersible Pressure Transducer for Tank Fluid Level Monitoring

Monitoring the level of liquid can be accomplished through the use of a pressure transducer. The density of the liquid and its height create pressure on the diaphragm of the pressure transducer to generate an accurate and cost-effective level measurement. Generally, pressure transducers can be used for level measurement from 10 inches of water column up to 10,000 PSI (700 bar).

Posted in: Application Briefs, Motion Control, Sensors and actuators
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Lithium-Ion Batteries Critical to Mars Spacecraft

Lithium-ion batteries Yardney Technical Products East Greenwich, RI 401-471-6599 www.yardney.com

On November 18, 2013, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft was launched into space to begin its ten-month journey to Mars. The spacecraft is being powered by a combination of solar arrays and two advanced, space-qualified, 28-Volt, 55-Ah Yardney lithium-ion batteries.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Energy, Energy Storage, Lithium-ion batteries, Spacecraft
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EZVI Technology Cleans Up Contaminants at Kennedy Space Center

Jacobs Engineering Group Pasadena, CA www.jacobs.com CORE Engineering and Construction Winter Park, FL www.core-encon.com

A groundwater technology developed at Kennedy Space Center was used to treat subsurface contaminants near one of the center’s buildings: the Reutilization, Recycling and Marketing Facility (RRMF).

Posted in: Application Briefs, Green Design & Manufacturing, Ground support, Chemicals, Hazardous materials
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Indoor/Outdoor Cameras Improve School District’s Security

Located in Texarkana, Texas, Liberty-Eylau Independent School District (LEISD) has been serving communities since 1886. Today, the district has more than 2,700 K-12 students across six schools, including a high school, a middle-intermediate school, an elementary school, a primary school, a pre-K center, and a School of Success.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Imaging, Imaging and visualization
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Flexible Wing Flap Reduces Noise and Drag

Shape-changing flexible wing flaps FlexSys Ann Arbor, MI 734-975-9233 www.flxsys.com

FlexSys designed and built two experimental flaps for Armstrong Flight Research Center’s Gulfstream G-III Aerodynamics Research Test Bed aircraft. Researchers will replace the airplane’s conventional 19-foot-long aluminum flaps with the advanced, shape-changing assemblies that form continuous, bendable surfaces. The new flexible flaps are being prepared for ground vibration testing in NASA Armstrong’s Flight Loads Laboratory, followed by fit checks and eventual installation.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Aeronautics, Wings, Exterior noise, Aerodynamics
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Control Software Navigates Lunar CubeSats

GNAT Programming Studio and GNAT Pro Compiler Software AdaCore New York, NY 866-787-4232 www.adacore.com

Vermont Technical College’s Lunar CubeSat, measuring only 10 × 10 × 10 cm and weighing 1.1 kg, was launched into a 500-km earth orbit. The small satellite will remain in orbit for about three years to test the systems that will be used for an eventual lunar mission. The CubeSat project is part of NASA’s ELaNa (Educational Launch of Nano-satellites) IV program. The CubeSat’s navigation and control software was developed in SPARK/Ada using AdaCore’s GNAT Programming Studio (GPS) IDE and GNAT Pro compiler; the SPARK toolset from Altran, headquartered in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, proved the absence of runtime errors.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Software, Computer software and hardware, Spacecraft guidance, Satellites
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Lunar Simulants Provide Critical Tests for Moon Missions

NU-LHT lunar simulant Zybek Advanced Products (ZAP) Boulder, CO 888-469-0110 www.zybekap.com

Lunar simulants are a critical aspect of the return to the Moon and a planned lunar outpost. All mechanical equipment, chemical processes, and human health studies will be tested extensively with simulants prior to deployment. Zybek Advanced Products’ NU-LHT (NASA-USGS — Lunar Highlands Type) simulant is used by NASA to represent the lunar highlands area, and contains a complex mixture of glass, agglutinate, jagged particulates, synthetic minerals, and natural minerals from select terrestrial sources. While glass and crystal structures exist terrestrially, the agglutinate structure is not available on Earth.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Test & Measurement, Computer simulation, Scale models, Test procedures, Spacecraft
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Beyond Smart Vision

Many Higher-End Vision Projects Require Capabilities Not Built Into Smart Vision Systems

With the proliferation of smart vision (SV) cameras and platforms it is understandable that automation engineers begin to define vision technology capabilities based on the performance and features of these popular and easy to implement products. Although they are effective for addressing a broad range of common vision applications and requirements, there are compromises made to make SV products easy to use and less costly, the obvious being reduced vision processing and performance capabilities.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Applications, Photonics, Optics, Automation
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LED Street Lights Reduce Energy Consumption by 72% at Power Station

When the NRG power plant in El Segundo, Calif., was redesigned, two towers were demolished which caused extensive light from the plant to bother local neighbors. In an effort to get rid of this light pollution and update old lighting fixtures at the same time, NRG turned to LEDtronics, Inc. for assistance.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Lighting
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Production Company Uses LED Street Lights To Illuminate Dark Parking Lot

Solar Energy Technologies, Inc., Hialeah, FL MaxLite, West Caldwell, NJ

Imagina US is a pioneer production company in the U.S. Hispanic TV industry that has a newly built headquarters in Miami, Florida. Owners were seeking low-wattage outdoor lighting for the facility’s parking lots. At first, the owners were looking at 400-watt metal halide fixtures, however, they wanted to consider lower wattage and better quality LED lighting fixtures.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Lighting
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