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Explicit Filtering Leading to Grid-Independent and Discretization-Order-Independent Large Eddy Simulation

The re-formulation involves explicit filtering of the conservation equations. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California To validate simulations, one must trust that they are independent of the numerical aspects. A very promising, relatively new methodology for simulating turbulent flows, called Large Eddy Simulation (LES), has some issues in this respect. The issues stem from the aspect that modeling and numerics are totally intertwined, resulting in the fact that the results are grid-dependent and discretization-order-dependent. These issues were described in the preceding article. These issues prevent LES validation with experiments since one can always make adjustments to agree with data, which is not validation.

Posted in: Briefs, Electronics & Computers, Simulation Software


Mars Science Laboratory Second-Chance Flight Software

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California Mars lander spacecraft, beginning with Mars Pathfinder (MPF), have been designed to tolerate flight computer resets during the entry, descent, and landing (EDL) phase despite having only a single flight computer. This capability was enabled by a predictable, non-dynamic EDL architecture. The Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) spacecraft has a highly dynamic EDL architecture as well as dual flight computers, adding more complexity to EDL flight software fault tolerance.

Posted in: Briefs, Aviation, Electronics & Computers


Multi-User Investigation Organizer

Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California InvestigationOrganizer (IO) is a Web-based information system that integrates the generic functionality of a database, a document repository, a semantic hyper-media browser, and a rule-based inference system with specialized modeling and visualization functionality to support mishap investigations. The semantic hypermedia component includes a customizable ontology that specifies various types of items (people, places, events, causes, systems, and associated information products) relevant to mishap investigations. The ontology also describes important properties of each item type, and details the potential relationships among items.

Posted in: Briefs, Electronics & Computers


Unit Conversion Macro for TecPlot Solutions for CFD

Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas The invention is a TecPlot macro, which is a computer program in the TecPlot programming language that processes CFD (computational fluid dynamics) solutions in TecPlot format. The TecPlot data is in SI units (International System of Units) [same as CFD solutions]. This invention converts the SI units into U.S. customary units.

Posted in: Briefs, Electronics & Computers, Mathematical/Scientific Software


JWST IV&V Simulation and Test (JIST) RT Logic T501 Emulator

Emulator using only software implements the behavior of a processor. Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland In order to develop a software-only test environment for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) mission, a solution was needed to send commands and receive telemetry between the TCTS (Telemetry and Command Test Set) and CMM-S card. The as-is solution requires the utilization of commercial off-the-shelf hardware (RT Logic Telemetrix T501 processor) and custom CMM-S hardware.

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Improving Efficiency in Factory Wiring

Save time and money with a centralized modular wiring system using TE Connectivity’s Dynamic Series power circuit connectivity specifically designed for a rugged, industrialized applications.

Posted in: Tech Talks, Electronics & Computers


Enhanced Project Management Tool

The system monitors the progress of multiple activities and generates management reports at different detail levels. Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California A complex project having many tasks and sub-tasks, many phases, and many workers will often require an evaluation of completion of the tasks and sub-tasks at several times during the project’s duration. Initially and throughout the duration, suitability of the technical and inter-personal characteristics of the workers, managers, and teams should also be evaluated. What is needed is a system that allows a user to specify a type of report, to specify one or more classes of information within this type of report, to specify a time interval, to specify one or more projects, and to receive the status and/or comparisons of performance for the specified projects.

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