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Last Updated: 20 May 2022

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High Flow Differential Cleaning

Powder-based AM methods generally require post-fabrication component washing to remove residue powder from the surface and crevices of the part, a challenge that has become increasingly difficult and time-consuming with part complexity. Methods that are currently available to clean AM parts have significant drawbacks. Powder clumping may occur during immersion cleaning using solvents or creams.

Source link: https://technology.nasa.gov/patent/MFS-TOPS-99


Continuous Fiber Composite for Use in Gears

NASA's Glenn Research Center's Innovators have invented a breakthrough way of adapting a strong but lightweight carbon fiber composite material to produce complex shapes, such as custom components for drive systems. Defects that include a tendency toward weakness and exhaustion at the fiber ends can be produced by conventional methods of creating intricate shapes by discontinuous fiber composites. Glenn's ingenuity brings the benefits of carbon fiber composites to a multitude of new uses.

Source link: https://technology.nasa.gov/patent/LEW-TOPS-138


Soil Remediation With Plant-Fungal Combinations

Although a general beneficial effect of microbial populations can be achieved by microbial communities, individual plant-fungus blends can differ in their efficacy in removing pollutants from the environment. For achieving the desired outcomes, selecting the most optimum blend of plants and fungi is very important. Some fungi die off in polluted soils, so not all fungi are created equal. The use of distinctly modified Soil and enzyme equipment, as well as the ability of ectomycorrhizal fungi to oxidize these compounds, has assisted in the reduction of phenolic-based contamination by phenolic application to soils and the ability of ectomycorrhizal fungi to oxidize these compounds.

Source link: https://technology.nasa.gov/patent/TOP2-135


Low-Cost, Low-Power, Portable Mounting Platform for Auto-Tracking Antenna

NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center has produced an innovative antenna-mounting system that fills unmet demand in the unmanned aerial vehicle industry and may also be used to certain satellite and marine applications. The platform can be moved simultaneously in azimuth and vertical °, effectively tracking a line-of-site object up to 20 miles away, and can be powered by 120 VAC.

Source link: https://technology.nasa.gov/patent/DRC-TOPS-13


Tool for Rapid Identification of TCE in Plants

The National Space Flight Center and the State University of New York are collaborating on a hyperspectral analyzer to detect trichloroethylene in plants. TCE is one of the most common groundwater contaminants in the United States, despite that its use and disposal have been limited in recent years. It works by using spectral signatures to determine the presence or absence of TCE in the leaves of plants that may have absorbed the contaminant from nearby groundwater.

Source link: https://technology.nasa.gov/patent/MFS-TOPS-53

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