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Coming Soon - The High Frontier: In-Space Manufacturing at NASA MSFC

A presentation on additive manufacturing (AM) capabilities and applications at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) will highlight the Center’s history in 3D printing. Find out about the latest AM technologies in use at NASA MSFC, how they work, and how they are being utilized to further NASA’s efforts to create a sustainable, lower-cost launch capability.

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Coming Soon - Emerging Trends in Bioabsorbable Vascular Scaffolds

Extensive development efforts towards a Bioabsorbable Vascular Scaffold (BVS) as a clinically superior therapy for the treatment of coronary and peripheral artery disease continues around the world. As advancement continues, engineers are tasked to create a BVS with thinner struts. Additionally, as the utility for BVS based therapies outside the coronary vasculature is explored, an additional host of challenges is likely to be uncovered.

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Coming Soon - Technical Webinar Series from the Editors of SAE: Intelligent Machine Control

In conjunction with SAE As it continues to get harder and harder to find skilled off-highway equipment operators, and equipment is tasked to do more and more, engineers have stepped up to the challenge by designing system solutions that not only think for themselves but also enable streamlined operation that contributes to 24/7 productivity.

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Coming Soon - TGDI Technology and Higher Performing Lubricants

Industry experts offer insight into one of the passenger car industry’s most impactful powertrain strategies: turbocharged gasoline direct injection (TGDI) technology. The global demand for TGDI engines is increasing as emission regulations become more stringent, consumer expectations for vehicle performance shift, and industry demand for fuel economy grows. In this 60-minute Webinar, experts from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, Honeywell Transportation Systems – Turbo Technologies, Southwest Research Institute, and Lubrizol Additives discuss TGDI technology and advanced lubricants that enable fuel efficiency, performance, and durability. An audience Q&A follows the technical presentations.

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Coming Soon - Predict Internal-Combustion Engine Performance and Emissions with Confidence

In conjunction with SAE Designing new high-efficiency, low-emissions IC engines presents technical challenges that are often dominated by the chemical kinetics that occur during combustion. Consequently, simulations of combustion for enhanced engine designs need accurate fuel-combustion chemistry and combustion models.

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Using a Ubiquitous Conductor to Power and Interrogate Wireless Passive Sensors and Construct a Sensor Network

Sensor nodes are used in health monitoring of aircraft and vehicles, building monitoring, human activity monitoring, and information collection for fire and disaster rescue. Langley Research Center, Hampton, Virginia Many methods have been developed for interrogation of wireless passive sensors. Surface acoustic wave (SAW) sensors and RF reflection sensors can receive and reflect electronic magnetic waves that are broadcast and received by the antennas. The interrogation distance can range from several meters to tens of meters. These previously developed technologies have limitations. The signal frequency is very high (usually at GHz level), which increases the difficulties in signal processing and interrogation system development, and the interrogation distance is limited by the power attenuation in the space. Longer interrogation distance requires higher-power-density electromagnetic (EM) waves in signal broadcasting, which increases the EMI hazard to environments.

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Architecture for an Intermediate-Frequency Digital Downconversion and Data Distribution Network

Developed originally for Deep Space Network downlink receivers, applications include high-speed digital receivers for cellular networks. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California NASA’s Deep Space Network (DSN) is looking to modernize aging downlink receivers for telemetry, tracking, and radio science. It is looking to replace multiple types of custom-built, special-purpose receivers with a unified receiver architecture that can support the various downlink data types. As part of this modernization, it is desired to only digitize the data once and then distribute the data using commercial switching network technology to multiple back-end receiver processing hardware and software. The main problem to be solved is how to distribute efficiently and flexibly high-bandwidth intermediate-frequency (100 to 600 MHz) digitized signals across a signal processing center for use in the DSN.

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