NASA Tech Briefs - September 2014 - Vol. 38 No. 9

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Features

Feature Articles

Prepping Advanced Driver Assistance for Mainstream Vehicles
Products of Tomorrow: September 2014
Robots are (Almost) People, Too
Satellite Data Monitors Nation’s Forests
Unique Camera Gauge System Controls Spring Manufacturing
Emerging Trends in ENGINEERING SIMULATION

Who's Who

Dr. Ajay Koshti, Lead Nondestructive Evaluation Engineer, Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX

Products of the Month

Microscope Camera
Microscope Confocal Module
Gigabit Ethernet Camera
Thermal Imaging Surveillance System
Embedded System for Machine Vision
GigE Smart Camera
CMOS Cameras
Product of the Month: September 2014
Product of the Month: Fiber Optic Sensing System
High-Power Laser Fiber Packaging
Single Crystal Chemical Vapor Deposition Diamond
Image-Based Code Reader
Optical Fiber Cleaver
Miniaturized Sensor

Application Briefs

NASA Uses Analysis Software to Assess Orion Crew Module Heat Shield
Securing and Validating Critical Vision Data
Tech Briefs

Mechanics & Machinery

Universal Mechanical Testers for Tribology Testing in the Automotive Industry
Fail-Safe Accumulator for Internal Active Thermal Control Loops
Rocket Vent Design With Variable Flow Control and Rain Protection
Turbo-Brayton Converter for Fission Surface Power Applications
Vibration Ring
Locomotion of Amorphous Surface Robots
Fluid Disconnect Cooling Technique
Designing Reliable Robots for Moon Exploration
Composite Sports Car Body Design
Development of an Analytical Parameterized Linear Lateral Dynamic Model for an Aerobot Airship
Algorithm Enhancements to Powered Descent Guidance Software
Using Describing Functions for Aeroservoelastic Models with Free-Play
Design Environment for Multi-Fidelity and Multi-Disciplinary Components
Shipping Foam Designer Software
Evolutionary Mission Trajectory Generator
Visual International Space Station Configuration Viewing Tool
Two-Equation Turbulence Models for Application to Internal Flow Through Pneumatic Valves

Information Sciences

Non-Binary Protograph-Based LDPC Codes for Short Block Lengths
Method Resolves Algebraic Loops While Improving Accuracy and Reducing Runtime
Simulation and Visualization of Elastodynamics in Time- Evolving Generalized Curvilinear Coordinates
3D Finite Element Model of Magnetic Mirror and Nano Antenna
Toolbox for Modeling and Analysis of Thermodynamic Systems (T-MATS)
Advanced Numerical Tools for Design and Analysis of In-Space Valve and Feed Systems
Global Elevation Data Adaptive Compression Algorithms
Cassini Science Planning and Sequencing Team Final Sequence Approval Document Generator (Autodoc)
Exploration Visualization Environment
Mississippi Evacuation and Traveler’s Assistance (MSETA) Software
Cloud Computing for Science Data Processing in Support of Emergency Response
Simulating Images of a Rising or Setting Sun
Partition Level Application Test for Orion (PLATO)

Materials

Toughened Uni-piece Fibrous Reinforced Oxidation-Resistant Composite (TUFROC)
High-Efficiency Tantalum-Based Ceramic Composite Structures
Use of Solvent-Free Conditions/Dry Mixing for Functionalizing Carbon Nanotubes
Synthesis of Novel Copoly(alkyl ether imide)s With Unique Surface Properties
Inkjet-Assisted Creation of Self-Healing Layers Between Composite Plies
Multi-Species Turbulent Mixing Under Supercritical-Pressure Conditions
A Model of Reduced Oxidation Kinetics Using Constituents and Species
Determining Radiation Shielding Capability of the Earth’s Atmosphere from FAA Radiation Data

Manufacturing & Prototyping

Durable Joining Technology for Uniformly-Curved Composite Sandwich Structures
Ohmic Contact to N- and P-Type Silicon Carbide
Flap Edge Noise Reduction Fins

Physical Sciences

Photogrammetric Recession Measurement
Tissue-Equivalent Radiation Dosimeteron-a-Chip with Plastic Scintillation Material
Measurement of Cryogenic Fluid Level with Laser Propagation and Surface Floor Reflection
Video Acuity Measurement System
Heat-Flow Probe Design and Development
Designing Smaller Magnets for the Large Hadron Collider
Electrical Calibration Source for Next-Generation Oscilloscope
Integrated Space Weather Analysis System (iSWA)
Automatic Localization of MSL Rover Mosaics in HiRISE Imagery
SAM/MSL Terrestrial Background Spectral Library
Efficient Spectral Endmember Detection Onboard Spacecraft
Ray Tracing Model and Software for a Focused IR Lamp Heating System
Using the Web Sockets Full-Duplex Communication Channel to Display Real-Time Sensor Data via Standard Web Browser
Earth Now Mobile Phone App
PACIFIC: Process Algebra Capture of Intent from Information Content
Analytical Expression of Elevation-Dependent Relative Air Mass for Atmospheric Extinction Simulations
Quantification of Trace Chemicals Using the Vehicle Cabin Atmosphere Monitor
Improved Math Model for Multiphoto Measurement Systems
Multipurpose Attitude and Pointing System (MAPS) Version 6.2

Bio-Medical

HeartBeatID – Heart Electrical Actions as Biometric Indicia
Cryogenic Grinding for Mechanical Abrasion for Hardy Endospores
Making Mesh Buckypaper Capsules for Transplantation of Cells and Implantation of Medical Devices

Photonics

Solar Pumped Fiber Laser for Solar Sail Propulsion and Remote Power Transfer
ELID Grinding of Large Aspheres
Systems and Methods for Localized Surface Plasmon Resonance Sensing

Electronics & Computers

Dust Removal from Solar Cells
Minimally Obstructed Communication via Acoustic Modems in Fluid-Filled Pipes
Biofeedback System for Optimal Athletic Performance
Methods for Clock and Reset Synchronization in a CMOS Integrated Circuit
Wideband MMIC Distributed Amplifier-Based Microwave Power Module
Communication Monitoring System for Enhanced Situational Awareness
Method for Visualization of Analog Signals
Time-Multiplexed Pipelined FFT Implementation
Method for Authorizing Critical Effector Commands in a Space-Based Integrated Modular Avionics System
Fully Configurable Interrupt Controller
Using a Multicast File Transfer Protocol to Update the Firmware of Multiple Embedded Devices Simultaneously
Model of Radiation Effects on Electronics (MREE)
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