Briefs : Materials
High-Power-Density Solid Oxide Fuel Cell
High-Power-Density Solid Oxide Fuel Cell

NASA's Glenn Research Center has developed a novel solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) with five times the specific power density of currently available SOFCs. This highly efficient SOFC can operate on a...

High-Power-Density Solid Oxide Fuel Cell
Articles : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Vote for Product of the Year 2018
Vote for Product of the Year 2018

The 2018 Nominees Are:

Each December, we ask our readers to cast their votes in the annual Tech Briefs’ Readers’ Choice Product of the Year Awards. Each month, our editors choose a Product of...

Vote for Product of the Year 2018
Briefs : Test & Measurement
Wide-Area Chemical Sensor
Wide-Area Chemical Sensor

The detection and localization of gas releases, such as methane from leaking natural gas pipelines or nitrogen oxides from failing electrical equipment, require high sensitivity to the target gas and insensitivity...

Wide-Area Chemical Sensor
Briefs : Nanotechnology
Device Detects Subatomic-Scale Motion
Device Detects Subatomic-Scale Motion

It is relatively easy to measure small movements of large objects, but is much more difficult when the moving parts are on the scale of nanometers, or billionths of a meter. The ability to accurately...

Device Detects Subatomic-Scale Motion
Briefs : Photonics/Optics
Portable Acousto-Optic Spectrometers
Portable Acousto-Optic Spectrometers

Spectrometers are widely used for applications such as chemical analysis, remote sensing, quality control, environmental monitoring, spaceborne measurements, and optical measurements. Most spectrometers...

Portable Acousto-Optic Spectrometers
Briefs : Photonics/Optics
Dynamic Optical Grating Device for Modulating Light
Dynamic Optical Grating Device for Modulating Light

NASA Langley Research Center has developed a novel optical grating device that dynamically modulates light and is capable of controlling the spectral properties and propagation of light...

Dynamic Optical Grating Device for Modulating Light
Briefs : Medical
Inductive Non-Contact Position Sensor
Inductive Non-Contact Position Sensor

The Inductive Non-Contact Position Sensor is a highly accurate sensor for motion control applications. The sensor was designed to monitor the precise movements of an optical inspection system that...

Inductive Non-Contact Position Sensor
5 Ws : Manufacturing & Prototyping
5 Ws of Spray-On Antennas
5 Ws of Spray-On Antennas

Who

Manufacturers and users of wearables, functional fabrics, mobile devices, wireless routers, and Internet of Things devices.

5 Ws of Spray-On Antennas
Briefs : Photonics/Optics
Alternating Current Photovoltaic Building Block
Alternating Current Photovoltaic Building Block

Today's photovoltaic power systems are generally comprised of a single photovoltaic module or multiple modules connected by combinations of series and parallel circuits as a photovoltaic array....

Alternating Current Photovoltaic Building Block
NASA Spinoff : Transportation
Sterilizing Fogger Cleans Ambulances with a Breeze
Sterilizing Fogger Cleans Ambulances with a Breeze

Spinoff is NASA's annual publication featuring successfully commercialized NASA technology. This commercialization has contributed to the development of products and services in the fields...

Sterilizing Fogger Cleans Ambulances with a Breeze
Articles : RF & Microwave Electronics
Innovators Recognized for "Creating the Future" 2018
Innovators Recognized for

The Create the Future Design Contest was launched in 2002 to help stimulate and reward engineering innovation. In the past 16 years, the annual contest has drawn more than 13,000 product...

Innovators Recognized for
Briefs : Data Acquisition
Using Sound Waves to Produce Optical Isolators
Using Sound Waves to Produce Optical Isolators

There are challenges involved when using magnetically responsive materials to achieve the one-way flow of light in a photonic chip, including the ability to place compact magnets on a chip. In...

Using Sound Waves to Produce Optical Isolators
Briefs : Imaging
Blue-Light Imaging Sees Through Fire
Blue-Light Imaging Sees Through Fire

A blue-light imaging method was developed that can be used to obtain visual data from large test fires where high temperatures could disable or destroy conventional electrical and mechanical sensors. The...

Blue-Light Imaging Sees Through Fire
Products : Electronics & Computers
New on the Market: December 2018
New on the Market: December 2018

Data Acquisition Devices

The USB-1808 Series simultaneous-sampling data acquisition devices from Measurement Computing Corp., Norton, MA, provides synchronous and concurrent voltage I/O, waveform...

New on the Market: December 2018
Facility Focus : Medical
Facility Focus: Ames Laboratory
Facility Focus: Ames Laboratory

Ames Laboratory is a government-owned, contractor-operated national laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), operated by and located on the campus of Iowa State University in Ames, IA. For more than...

Facility Focus: Ames Laboratory
Briefs : Aerospace
Variable-Pitch Turbine Blades
Variable-Pitch Turbine Blades

Gas turbine blades of conventional rotorcraft turboshaft engines are optimized to operate at nearly a fixed speed and a fixed incidence angle. If the operating condition of the engine changes, then the flow...

Variable-Pitch Turbine Blades
Briefs : RF & Microwave Electronics
System Makes Opaque Materials Totally Transparent
System Makes Opaque Materials Totally Transparent

Most naturally occurring materials have a disordered atomic structure that interferes with the propagation of both sound and electromagnetic waves. When the waves come into contact with these...

System Makes Opaque Materials Totally Transparent
Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Submarine Swims Without an Engine
Submarine Swims Without an Engine

Researchers have developed a new propulsion concept for swimming robots that exploits temperature fluctuations in the water for propulsion without the need for an engine, propellant, or power supply.

Submarine Swims Without an Engine
Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Reusable Breakaway Mounting Device

Breakaway devices are used to mount objects to systems or structures (for example, cars, drones, helmets, buildings) and prevent damage when the objects fall away from the system. Unfortunately, even in ideal scenarios, many of these devices have limitations. Breakaway bolts and shear pins have the complication...

Briefs : Energy
Battery Provides Electric Vehicles with Immunity from Climate Conditions
Battery Provides Electric Vehicles with Immunity from Climate Conditions

Conventional lithium-ion batteries cannot be rapidly charged at temperatures below 50 °F. Electric vehicles are popular on the West Coast because the weather is...

Battery Provides Electric Vehicles with Immunity from Climate Conditions
Briefs : Energy
Thermochromic Windows Convert Sunlight into Electricity
Thermochromic Windows Convert Sunlight into Electricity

Relying on advanced materials such as perovskites and single-walled carbon nano-tubes, a window technology was developed that responds to heat by transforming from transparent to...

Thermochromic Windows Convert Sunlight into Electricity
Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
A New Twist Makes Rotating Machinery More Efficient and Quieter

Derived from a design approach for a new wing known as PRANDTL-D, this technology achieves similar improvements for propellers and other rotating machinery.

Technology Leaders : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Five Industry Trends Disrupting the Design and Manufacturing World
Five Industry Trends Disrupting the Design and Manufacturing World

The engineering and manufacturing world is rapidly changing — are you changing with it? The claim of “reinventing” the fundamental tools of an industry is a bold one,...

Five Industry Trends Disrupting the Design and Manufacturing World
Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Active Pointing Monitor for a 2-Axis Optical Control System

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center has developed a pointing measurement detection and control system that monitors the real-time optical axis motions (such as tip and tilt) that affect image quality in aerial platforms. To date, there is no known real-time optical image alignment and...

Articles : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Simulation for Everyone
Simulation for Everyone

With the computational power and software available today, numerical simulation is a real option to quickly get answers to complicated technical, scientific, and engineering questions. Not only has the hardware...

Simulation for Everyone
Products : Electronics & Computers
Product of the Month: December 2018
Product of the Month: December 2018

Yokogawa Corporation of America, Newnan, GA, released the WT5000 power analyzer that achieves accuracy of ±0.03% at 50/60 Hz, allowing precision evaluation of power consumption, loss, and efficiency of...

Product of the Month: December 2018
Blog : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Answering Your Questions: How Long Should a Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) Take?
Answering Your Questions: How Long Should a Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) Take?
An FMEA provides a step-by-step way of identifying product failures. Carl Carlson explains just how long the process takes.
Answering Your Questions: How Long Should a Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) Take?
White Papers : Electronics & Computers
Bringing Intelligence to Vibration Monitoring Solutions

In today’s competitive manufacturing environment, efficiency is more important than ever. Leading manufacturers are driving improvements based on real-time data. This white paper discusses several common obstacles for machine monitoring in the factory and introduces the all-in-one data...

White Papers : Automotive
Evolving Manufacturing Connectivity Part II: Single Solution Turns PC-based Machine Brownfields Green

As manufacturers seek to employ IoT technologies to generate Cyber Physical Production Systems connecting all production elements, Machine-to-Machine and Machine-to-People communications can fully support data analysis and application required...

On-Demand Webinars : Electronics & Computers
Reduce the Risk of Equipment Failure with Efficient Wire Termination Solutions

When designing an electrical system, reducing the risk of failure is a top priority. By making the best selections and ensuring proper installations of the termination, you can be sure your end product will meet industry standards that will work in your current...