Six new technologies received TGIR Awards for innovation, sponsored by NASA's Office of Aerospace Technology, at the Turning Goals into Reality conference. All of the technologies lead to cleaner, quieter, safer, efficient, and affordable air travel.
Pioneering Technology Award The Secure, Mobile, Wireless Network Technology Team, for development of miniaturized Mobile Router to benefit ground-based transportation.
Mission Safety Award The Miniaturized Smart Leak Detection Sensor Team, for their microsystem-based hydrogen sensor and supporting electronics system.
Emissions Reduction Award The Turbine Airfoil System Development Team, for their airfoil material system made up of a new blade alloy and thermal barrier coating.
Noise Reduction Award The Fan Noise Reduction Team, for their discovery that injecting air through the blade trailing edge slots reduced or removed non-uniformities in the fan stream.
Mobility Award The Small Aircraft Transportation System Airborne Internet Team, for delivering aviation information services to aircraft as interconnected nodes on a digital communications network.
Mission Affordability Award The GRCop-84 Alloy Development Team, for their use of the GRCop-84 alloy in combustion chamber liners to reduce manufacturing costs and delivery times by 50%.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.