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Delivery System to Modify Release of Organic Agricultural Compound

A company’s current product is applied in granular or prill form, and a coating acts to inhibit the release of the product within. The company is looking for a method to modify the release of the organic compound. The compound becomes active when it comes into contact with external reagents in the area of application. Moisture, pH, temperature, and soil types are the influencers. The solution may come in the form of encapsulation, a barrier method, or a novel mechanism that modifies the release rate of the product in granular or prill form. Respond to this TechNeed at: www.techbriefs.com/tn/200902c.html Email: nasatech@yet2.com Phone: 781-972-0600

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Technology to Convert, Concentrate, or Dry Oil-Based Emulsions, Dispersions, or Liquids Into a Dry Powder Form

A company supplies a variety of chemicals, including inverse emulsions that consist of a very-high-molecular weight, water-soluble polymer dispersed in a continuous oil phase. The typical ratio of the key components is approximately 1:1:1 (polymer:water:oil). The company seeks to convert these emulsions to a water-soluble, powdered form, without losing any of the polymer properties. The problem is particularly difficult due to the oil in the emulsion. The oil is an aliphatic hydrocarbon with a low vapor pressure (0.023 kPa at 20ºC) and a distillation temperature of 255ºC. Respond to this TechNeed at: www.techbriefs.com/tn/200902d.html Email: nasatech@yet2.com Phone: 781-972-0600

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Single-Layer Electrochromic Polymer Technology for Automotive and Architectural Glazing Light Control

DuPont’s electrochromatic (EC) technology for controllable light transmission in automotive and architectural safety glazing applications is based on an organic polymer film that can function as a controllable EC interlayer. This technology addresses the need for reducing the complexity of current EC technologies and can be used in rigid and flexible forms, large sizes, and curved shapes. It has applications in dynamic electrochromic glazing systems that undergo a reversible change in color from light to dark by application of a very low voltage. Target markets in automotive include sunroofs, mirrors, instrument clusters, windshield shadebands, sidelights, and backlights. The technology works either in transmissive or reflective mode. Transmissive EC devices are made with indium tin oxide electrodes that are fully transparent in the visible spectral range. All of the components of the electronic control systems are commercially available. Get the complete report on this technology at: Email: nasatech@yet2.com Phone: 781-972-0600

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Tool-Free Engineered Composite Thermoforming Technology

Tooless Engineered Composite (TEC) is a patent-pending process that incorporates the benefits of a thermoformed plastic composite product and the strength of fiberglass reinforcement. This tool-free process utilizes the thermoformed shell as the tool surface in a closed mold process. The result is an extremely durable product with superior finish quality. The product has low to no emissions and uses soy and corn resin. The TEC process utilizes a multi-layer thermoformed shell producing products with a class “A” finish. Utilizing a multi-layer thermoformed shell eliminates painting, which reduces cost and produces low or no emissions. This multi-layer shell has a layer of acrylic that may be sanded and buffed if needed. The thermoformed shell allows for the use of various materials, finishes, colors, textures, and decorative patterns that may be utilized in different applications. Get the complete report on this technology at: Email: nasatech@yet2.com Phone: 781-972-0600

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Technology for Improved Performance of Release Agents in Die Casting

A materials company supplying specialty technical products to the foundry industry is seeking technology to allow a stepchange in performance of release agents/die lubricants for high-pressure die casting of non-ferrous (e.g. aluminium) components. Areas of interest include products that can be applied at a higher temperature to allow faster casting cycles, products that protect the die from damage caused by repeated heating and cooling cycles, and powder-based agents, and products that adhere quickly to steel. Respond to this TechNeed at: Email: nasatech@yet2.com Phone: 781-972-0600

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In-Store Hair Analysis Tools

A company is seeking tools and devices that can be used instore to quickly classify hair types based on measured hair properties like hair thickness and/or damage level. Technologies include hair diagnostic devices/tools that can evaluate at least one of the following parameters: structure information; physical properties such as amount of curl, tensile strength, and stiffness; and cosmetic properties such as smoothness, friction, and resistance to frizz. Tools must be easy to use in-store, and results must be sensitive enough to differentiate between ranges of hair types. Respond to this TechNeed at: Email: nasatech@yet2.com Phone: 781-972-0600

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Large Aperture Inflatable/Deployable Antennas and Their Role in NASA’s Vision for Space Exploration and Earth Science

As NASA evolves its vision for space exploration and Earth science, greater demands are placed on advanced communications and sensing systems to allow for higher data-rate communications from the Moon, Mars, and beyond, as well as for more precise Earth and planetary remote sensing activities. Taking into consideration the cost of launching hardware into space (about $20K per kg), as well as the fairings’ volume limitations, there is need for novel antenna technology concepts to circumvent these limitations, without jeopardizing the desired capabilities. To address this scenario, NASA is investigating the development of large aperture, inflatable/deployable antenna (IDA) technologies as a viable option to fulfill the aforementioned requirements. Attainment of these requirements demands overcoming a series of critical challenges as discussed below.

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