Application Briefs

Drive Retrofit Update Enables Smoke-Removal System at Atlanta Airport

When the City of Atlanta finalized plans for the capital-improvement project at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, an integral part of the 10-year, $5.4 billion project included upgrading the ventilation system of the underground Automated People Mover (APM). The APM’s previous ventilation system was adequate when the APM served the A, B, C, and D Concourses. When Concourse E was added and the APM extended — now 3.5 miles long, handling 128,000 passengers an hour — the fans required upgrading to handle additional flow and pressure to meet National Fire Protection Association standards for emergency smoke evacuation. The $3.4-million set up and installation contract for mechanical and electrical equipment was awarded to W.B. Wallis & Co. (Atlanta, GA).

Posted in: Application Briefs, Motion Control, Fire suppression, Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems (HVAC), Fire suppression, Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems (HVAC), Air transportation facilities, Suppliers, Fans
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Device Simulates Spine Motions

The spine is the most complex mechanical system in the human body. With the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Instron (Norwood, MA) is utilizing the BioPuls™ Multi-Axial Spine Testing System to characterize the multi-axial dynamism of the backbone. Such testing will help further the understanding of spine kinetics, simulating precisely the complex, coupled motions typical of the spine and impact on spinal procedures. The system can be used to help evaluate the design of new instruments and implants that allow a greater physiological range of motion.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Motion Control, Design processes, Body regions, Medical equipment and supplies, Biomechanics, Test equipment and instrumentation, Test procedures
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Human Physiological Model Helps Evaluate NASA's Liquid Cooling Garments

Advanced Automotive Manikin
(ADAM) human physiological model
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Golden, CO
303-275-3000
www.nrel.gov
Posted in: Application Briefs, Physical Sciences, Cooling, Anthropometric test devices, Spacesuits, Thermal testing
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Deformable Mirror to be Used in Space

Micromachined deformable mirror (DM)
Boston Micromachines Corp.
Watertown, MA
617-926-4178
www.bostonmicromachines.com
Posted in: Application Briefs, Imaging, Mirrors, Smart materials, Spacecraft
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Custom-Built Machining Centers Create Telescope Mirrors

Custom horizontal machining centers
Mitsui Seiki USA
Franklin Lakes, NJ
201-337-1300
www.mitsuiseiki.com
Posted in: Application Briefs, Mechanical Components, Mirrors, Machining processes, Manufacturing equipment and machinery
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PLM Software Enables NASA to Manage Collaborative Environment

ProductCenter™ product lifecycle management (PLM)
software
SofTech
Tewksbury, MA
978-640-6222
www.softech.com
Posted in: Application Briefs, Software, Computer software / hardware, Computer software and hardware, Data exchange, Computer software / hardware, Computer software and hardware, Data exchange, Collaboration and partnering, Data management
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Motion Control Research Center Develops Speed Control System for SRM Drives

The Center for Rapid Transit Systems at Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, VA) is an internationally recognized drive systems and motion control research group with expertise in the design, simulation, and control of switched reluctance motor (SRM) drives and power converter topologies.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Motion Control, Computer simulation, Vehicle drive systems
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“Pinball Wizards” Bank on Motion/Stress Analysis Software to Redesign Game

Stern Pinball of Melrose Park, IL, is the only manufacturer of coin-operated pinball machines in the world. Today, Stern’s pinball games are designed using sophisticated computer simulation software.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Motion Control, Computer simulation, Design processes, Computer software / hardware, Computer software and hardware, Computer software / hardware, Computer software and hardware
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Converter Helps NASA Transmit HDTV to Earth

DVB Master FD™ PCI video board
DVEO
San Diego, CA
858-613-1818
www.dveo.com
Posted in: Application Briefs, Electronics & Computers, Data exchange, Electronic equipment, Satellite communications, Data exchange, Electronic equipment, Satellite communications
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Software Automates Flight Work Order System

ProductCenter™ product lifecycle management (PLM)
software
SofTech
Tewksbury, MA
978-640-6222
www.softech.com
Posted in: Application Briefs, Software, Maintenance, Repair and Service Operations, Maintenance, repair, and service operations, Documentation, Automation
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