Special Coverage

Technique Provides Security for Multi-Robot Systems
Bringing New Vision to Laser Material Processing Systems
NASA Tests Lasers’ Ability to Transmit Data from Space
Converting from Hydraulic Cylinders to Electric Actuators
Automating Optimization and Design Tasks Across Disciplines
Vibration Tables Shake Up Aerospace and Car Testing
Supercomputer Cooling System Uses Refrigerant to Replace Water
Computer Chips Calculate and Store in an Integrated Unit
Electron-to-Photon Communication for Quantum Computing

Method and Software Tool for Evaluation and Automated Generation of Space Habitat Interior Layouts

The software can help design space habitats, submarines, ships, aircraft, recreational vehicles, and small residences.

NASA has developed a new software tool for optimizing interior layout designs of highly constrained, highly integrated, and/or confined spaces, such as space habitats. This tool will automatically generate or evaluate interior layout options while taking into account multiple end-user objectives. Development and evaluation of interior layouts are often ignored during conceptual design because of the subjectivity and long times required using current evaluation methods (e.g., human-in-the-loop mockup tests and in-depth CAD evaluations). The NASA tool will allow for early, more objective assessment that will prevent expensive design changes, which can increase vehicle mass and compromise functionality.

Posted in: Briefs, Software, CAD, CAM, and CAE, Storage, Spacecraft
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Airborne Wind Profiling Algorithm for Doppler Wind Lidar

This novel method enables accurate, real-time parameter estimation in noisy environments.

NASA’s Langley Research Center has developed an algorithm, Airborne Wind Profiling Algorithm for Doppler Wind Lidar (APOLO), that offers highly accurate, real-time measurement of wind parameters (i.e., direction and speed) by airborne wind lidar sensors. APOLO enables the extraction of accurate wind speed and direction from noisy flight environments, and provides correction for instrument installation biases. The algorithm has been incorporated into a supporting software package that displays accurate airborne Doppler wind lidar data, and offers several data post-processing and display functionalities. The offset compensation and parameter extraction technology could be used in a variety of applications where the motion and orientation of a lidar sensor may result in data inaccuracy. NASA is seeking licensees that may benefit from integration of the compensation algorithm and data post-processing software into existing or developing systems.

Posted in: Briefs, Software, Mathematical models, Lidar, Data management, Test equipment and instrumentation, Aerodynamics
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NETMARK Fast Search

Applications include enterprise knowledge management, and document and content management systems.

The problem that motivated this work was one of analyzing hundreds of thousands of records of historical problem failure reports (aka, problem reports and corrective actions — PRACA) for improved mission safety. Whenever there is an anomaly in mission design or operations, the anomaly gets entered into a problem failure reporting database for tracking purposes. The objective of the research was to make this data queryable and analyzable using the NETMARK XML database.

Posted in: Briefs, Software, Failure analysis, Computer software and hardware, Data management, Research and development, Technical review
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Machining Software

Mastercam 2017 machining software from CNC Software, Tolland, CT, features a new ribbon interface that groups similar functions and displays them in order, from simple to more complex. Dynamic Motion technology features micro lifts that use a line-of-sight approach to move the tool through unobstructed areas.

Posted in: Products, Aerospace, Software
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Breakthrough Energy Innovation: Ambition and Urgency

Climate change goals, customer sustainability expectations and pressure to reduce waste demand ambition and urgency from industry to deliver breakthrough energy innovation. Engineering simulation is a key enabler to achieve these breakthroughs. From startups to multinationals, businesses are using engineering simulation to explore the much broader design spaces in the areas of advanced electrification, machine and fuel efficiency, aerodynamic design, effective lightweighting and thermal optimization.

Posted in: White Papers, Electronics & Computers, Energy, Simulation Software
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Multiphysics Simulation

OMSOL, Burlington, MA, announced the latest release of COMSOL Multiphysics® version 5.2, Application Builder, and COMSOL Server™ simulation software that expands electrical, mechanical, fluid, and chemical design and optimization capabilities. Application Builder allows users to create apps deployed by connecting to a COMSOL Server™ installation.

Posted in: Products, Aerospace, Software
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Embedded System GUIs

Abaco Systems, Huntsville, AL, announced AXIS DataView that enables users to develop graphical user interfaces (GUIs) for embedded applications. The software is designed for displaying data and adding controls to signal and image processing applications, as well as any system control or communications application, No specialist programming knowledge is required.

Posted in: Products, Aerospace, Software
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Design-to-3D Print

Stratasys, Eden Prairie, MN, offers GrabCAD Print, an open architecture design-to-3D print workflow application residing on the GrabCAD SaaS platform. The software eliminates requirements to translate and repair CAD files prior to 3D printing.

Posted in: Products, Aerospace, Software
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Analysis and Simulation

MSC Software Corp., Newport Beach, CA, released MSC Nastran 2016 and Patran 2016 simulation and analysis software. Nastran 2016 delivers new multidisciplinary analysis solutions, and Patran improves support for nonlinear and fatigue analysis capabilities. Enhancements include improvements to 3D rotor dynamics modeling.

Posted in: Products, Aerospace, Software
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Tailor-made Computing Solutions Require Diverse I/O Functions

More than ever, users from industry and transportation expect the full system solution, but no longer want to have to worry about the cumbersome configuration and integration of individual hardware components and adapting the software. There is a very simple reason for this: the system supplier of their choice reduces the time to market and is also responsible for the entire system at the same time.

Posted in: White Papers, Communications, Electronics, Electronics & Computers, Electronics & Computers, Software
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