Briefs : Materials
Flat Membrane Device for Dehumidification of Air

A device based on the transport of water through a membrane to a vacuum has been developed for dehumidifying a stream of air in the life-support system of a spacecraft or space suit. The device could also be adapted to terrestrial use in dehumidification of air in an air-conditioning stream or...

Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Inverted Hindle Mount Reduces Sag of a Large, Precise Mirror

A mount has been devised to satisfy a requirement to suspend a highly precise, flat, circular, low-thermal-expansion glass mirror in a horizontal plane with its reflective side down while keeping the reflective mirror surface flat to within a peak-to-valley depth of less 50 nm. The...

Briefs : Medical
Externally Triggered Microcapsules Release Drugs In Situ

In an advanced method of administering drugs to target sites in human bodies, the drugs in liquid form are contained in microcapsules that are injected, and then, by exposing the target sites to externally generated electromagnetic fields, the microcapsules are lysed to release the drugs....

Briefs : Medical
Combinatorial Drug Design Augmented by Information Theory

A proposed method of designing antiviral drugs provides for the utilization of combinatorial-chemistry techniques that have been used previously for this purpose, in conjunction with applicable principles of information theory. In its information-theoretic aspect, the method can be...

Briefs : Physical Sciences
Multiple-Path-Length Optical Absorbance Cell

An optical absorbance cell that offers a selection of multiple optical path lengths has been developed as part of a portable spectrometric instrument that measures absorption spectra of small samples of water and that costs less than does a conventional, non-portable laboratory spectrometer. The...

Briefs : Physical Sciences
Model of a Fluidized Bed Containing a Mixture of Particles

A mathematical model has been developed for use in analyzing the dynamics of an isothermal, non-chemically-reacting mixture of particles in a bubbling fluidized bed. Although the model has generic validity, it is intended, more specifically, to be applied to a fluidized bed that contains...

Briefs : Physical Sciences
Refractive Secondary Concentrators for Solar Thermal Systems

High-throughput, non-imaging, secondary concentrating optics that utilize refraction and total internal reflection are undergoing development for use in conjunction with advanced primary solar concentrators to provide solar thermal energy for space applications. This development is...

Briefs : Physical Sciences
Cold Flow Calorimeter

The cold flow calorimeter is an apparatus for measuring a possibly rapidly varying heat-transfer coefficient on a surface. The cold flow calorimeter includes (1) a small strain gauge bonded to a small, thin steel shim that is placed on the surface of interest and (2) a circuit that controls the electric power supplied to...

Briefs : Information Technology
Methodology for Tracking Hazards and Predicting Failures

The Continuous Hazard Tracking and Failure Prediction Methodology (CHTFPM) is a proactive methodology for gathering and analyzing information about a system in order to prevent accidents and system failures. The proactivity of the CHTFPM places it in contrast to conventional formal...

Briefs : Information Technology
Estimating Heterodyne-Interferometer Polarization Leakage

A method of estimating and correcting for the effect of polarization leakage on the response of a heterodyne optical interferometer has been devised. In a typical application in which a heterodyne interferometer is used as a displacement or length gauge, the effect of the polarization...

Briefs : Information Technology
An Efficient Algorithm for Propagation of Temporal-Constraint Networks

An efficient artificial-intelligence-type algorithm for the propagation of temporal constraints has been devised for incorporation into software that performs scheduling and planning of tasks in real time. This algorithm checks for temporal consistency and computes time...

Briefs : Information Technology
Software for Continuous Replanning During Execution

Continuous Activity Scheduling Planning Execution and Replanning (CASPER) is a computer program for automated planning of interdependent activities within a system subject to requirements, constraints, and limitations on resources. Now at the prototype stage of development, CASPER was conceived...

Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Heart-Pump-Outlet/Cannula Coupling

A fluid coupling has been developed for use in securing a vascular outflow graft (cannula) to the outlet of a surgically implanted NASA/DeBakey heart assist pump. The design of the coupling can also be adapted to other applications in which it is necessary to join flexible tubes with rigid ones. A joint formed...

Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Surface-Launched Explorers for Reconnaissance/Scouting

Small, instrumented, expendable robotic aircraft and projectiles have been proposed for use in scouting for targeted new sites by providing closeup images with ~10-cm resolution, covering large distances ~1 to 10 km quickly and allowing reconnaissance to enable sample return. Denoted...

Briefs : Software
Firmware for a Small Motion- Control Processor

A C-language computer program implemented as firmware controls the operations of a microprocessor on a 3-by- 1-inch (approximately 76-by-25-mm) motion-control circuit board denoted a widget board. The firmware implements a serial communication interface according to the inter integrated circuit bus...

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