This lightweight material brings strength and durability to complex shapes.
Glenn's research facilities have contributed to decades of technology advances.
This packaging provides protection for SiC sensors and electronics in harsh, hightemperature environments.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Free-Space Fiber Optic Laser Rod
This approach removes the limitation on peak power densities that exists for fiber lasers.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Shape Memory Alloy Art (SMArt)
This hands-on, educational tool highlights the properties of SMA wire.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
De-Orbit Device for SmallSats
This retractable de-orbit device facilitates targeted re-entry, attitude and orbital control, and collision avoidance.
NASA Spinoff: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Carbon Capture Process Makes Sustainable Oil
Life support research for astronauts enabled a solution to one aspect of climate change.
This technology provides simultaneous ohmic contacts and the process to make them.
Briefs: Medical
Human Torso Simulator
The simulator could help in the development of new back braces.
This optical switch controls the direction of light passing through optical fibers faster and more efficiently.
Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Products of Tomorrow: December 2019
Products include an aerosol scattering sensor; metal foam; and a new coated drug capsule.
A combination of additives shows promise for boosting battery performance in very cold or hot weather.
This method also reverse-engineers computer chips to detect the chip’s purpose.
This multifunctional hybrid laminate composite can be used for residential and commercial construction.
This invention is a highly stable, heat-treatable, and tunable material.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Device Creates Electricity from Snowfall
The nanogenerator also acts as a weather station.
Q&A: Electronics & Computers
Q&A: Refrigeration by Twisting Fibers
Changing directions of twist and coiling changes whether a material cools or heats.
RFID-based devices work in indoor and outdoor lighting conditions and could transmit data for years before they need to be replaced.
The method could impact optical imaging, vision correction, and disease diagnosis.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Optically Fixable Shape Memory Polymers
These polymers can combine thermal and optically fixable shape memory.
This low-profile ankle exoskeleton integrates into a shoe and fits under clothing.
This technology could lead to the creation of fully functional quantum computers.
Squid skin inspires a new material with heat-regulating properties.
Top prizes in the 2019 contest were awarded on November 8 in New York City.
When combined with saltwater, rust can be a source of electricity.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Transport Method Boosts Capacity of Heat Exchangers
A simple modification can improve the capability of turbulent heat exchangers by 500%.
This technology has applications in sonar, range measuring, directional-force sensors, flow meters, and vibration/noise sensing and control.
This innovation dynamically provides fast signal processing and precision measurement.
The device could impact composites manufacturing and health monitoring.

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