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Sea Floor Energy Harvesting

Nagi Elabbasi, Brentan Alexander, and Stuart Brown

Veryst Engineering, Needham, MA, USA

Veryst Engineering has provided design solutions for a variety of industries in the field of energy harvesting. One of their current projects is working on ocean floor sensors, used in naval applications, environmental monitoring, earthquake monitoring, and oil exploration, which presently run on battery-power requiring expensive battery replacement or recharging. Veryst is developing a ...

Silent Air Cooling: A New Approach to Thermal Management

Nels Jewell-Larsen,
Tessera Technologies, CA, USA

Removing heat from electronic devices is a necessity that up until now was achieved by rotary fans. Tessera, a company that delivers innovative miniaturization technologies and products for next-generation electronic devices, developed a replacement for rotary fans that can satisfy demanding space and noise constraints. They designed a silent air cooling system that uses an electric field to ...

Conjugate Heat Transfer

Luke T. Gritter, Jeffrey S. Crompton, Sergei Yushanov, and Kyle C. Koppenhoefer
AltaSim Technologies
Columbus, OH

This is an application brief describing the concept of Conjugate Heat Transfer, which is important in many industrial processes, such as quenching. In this brief, they simulate the heat transfer with and without phase transformation to analyze the rate of heat dissipation with respect to the flow conditions of the coolant media. The fluid flow conditions could then be modified to produce a ...

Surface Plasmon Resonance

Sergei Yushanov, Jeffrey S. Crompton, Luke T. Gritter, and Kyle C. Koppenhoefer
AltaSim Technologies
Columbus, OH

Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR) is created by surface plasmons, coherent electron oscillations existing between any two materials where the real part of the dielectric function changes sign across the interface. SPR technology is based on the electromagnetic field component of incident light penetrating into a surface and it can be used to detect molecular adsorption on surfaces. Plasmon ...

Metamaterials Make Physics Seem Like Magic

David Smith & Yaroslav Urzhumov
Duke University
Pratt School of Engineering
Durham, NC

Jeff Wilson
NASA Glen Research Center, Cleveland, OH

Fabio Alves and Gamani
Naval Postgraduate School
Monterey, CA

Metamaterials are manufactured, structured materials that they can interact and manipulate wave phenomena such that objects surrounded by metamaterials are shielded from these waves. In the case of light, metamaterials make these objects ‘invisible’. Researchers throughout the world are applying these materials to many different applications. At NASA Glen Research Center, physicists are ...

Lightning-Proof Wind Turbines

Soren Find Madsen
Global Lightning Protection Services A/S, Lejre, Denmark

Søren Find Madsen, Global Lightning Protection Services A/S, Lejre, Denmark Global Lightning Protection Services A/S (GLPS) is an engineering consultant firm specializing in lightning protection. Their current research involves protecting wind turbines from lightning strikes, which can interfere with the electronic equipment in the housing of the turbines. To analyze optimum design, GLPS ...

Multiphysics Analysis of CO2 Foil Thrust Bearing Characteristics

Treevor Munroe
Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory, Niskayuna, NY

Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory (KAPL) is a research and development facility supporting the United States Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program. KAPL recently collaborated with Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory to test a supercritical carbon dioxide (S-CO2) Brayton power cycle system. The system was designed to operate at high speed and high gas pressure, which means the turbine shaft bearings must ...

A Smooth Optical Surface in Minutes

Anthony Beaucamp
Zeeko Ltd
Leicestershire, UK

Zeeko Ltd is a technology company that manufactures corrective polishing machines for optics and other surfaces. They are presently researching fluid jet polishing (FJP), which pumps a mixture of water and abrasive particles through a nozzle onto a work piece. Unfortunately, FJP tends to introduce waveforms on to the polished surfaces, which in turn causes serious problems with optics. It is ...

Submarines: Corrosion Protection or Enemy Detection?

David Schaefer
University of Duisburg-Essen, Duisburg, Germany

Germany's Technical Center for Ships and Naval Weapons, Bundeswehr, Germany

Submarines create underwater electric potential (UEP) signatures when using corrosion protection systems. These signatures are detectable by enemy vessels, an undesirable effect of the corrosion protection. Germany’s Technical Center for Ships and Naval Weapons (WTD 71) has worked with the Laboratory for General and Theoretical Electrical Engineering (ATE) at the University of Duisburg-Essen ...

Switching Made Easy

Matthias Richwin,
Leopold Kostal GmbH,
Dortmund, Germany

Modern cars offer a wide range of complex functionality that comes with several design challenges. This story discusses some of the necessary updates to a roof module in a premium car and the charging system of an electric car. The roof module of a particular model houses several components. 90% of the generated heat goes into its printed circuit board (PCB), so temperature control is vital for ...

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