Powder Handling Device for Analytical Instruments

This technology provides automated sample handling and movement of coarse-grained powder or other solid materials to enable analysis by a robotic or totally automated computer system. The powder is handled as a fluid, using mechanical vibrations in conjunction with a driving force, and requiring few or no moving parts.

www.techbriefs.com/2014NASA100/PowderHand

Advanced Magnetostrictive Regulator and Valve

An advanced magnetostrictive (MS) regulator was developed by combining MS-based sensors with a MS-based valve. This approach provides both a regulator and a valve with rapid response times. The components are lightweight, compact, highly precise, and can operate over a wide range of temperatures and pressures. Applications include aircraft engines, automotive fuel systems, and biomedical devices such as implants and drug metering systems.

www.techbriefs.com/2014NASA100/MagnetoValve

Handheld Hydrogen Flame Imager

This fire imaging system enables users to visually determine the existence, size, and location of a hydrogen fire flame. The visible light emitted by a hydrogen fire is so dim that the fire cannot be seen by the human eye. Used like binoculars, this instrument can view a hydrogen flame only 8" long from a distance of 50' in full sunlight.

www.techbriefs.com/2014NASA100/FlameImager

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This article first appeared in the December, 2014 issue of NASA Tech Briefs Magazine.

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