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03-061
For Release: October 2, 2003

Katherine K. Martin
Media Relations Office
216/433-2406
katherine.martin@nasa.gov


R & D Magazine Grants Awards To NASA Glenn

Six new products developed at NASA's Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio will be recognized on October 16 at a black tie Awards program at Chicago's Navy Pier for the pioneering effort of the involved individuals. These innovations were chosen by an independent judging panel and the editors of R&D Magazine as some of the top 100 most technologically significant products introduced into the marketplace over the past year.

The six products chosen are described below.

A software system called the Microgravity Analysis Software System (MASS) that operates on a continuous basis to receive the various streams of acceleration data generated by the Space Acceleration Measurement System and the Microgravity Acceleration Measurement System on-board the International Space Station. This voluminous set of time contiguous acceleration data is ingested, processed and archived by MASS. The real-time web based data plots and post-processed acceleration data archives generated by MASS are ultimately employed by microgravity researchers interested in the acceleration environment under which their microgravity experiments were conducted. Kevin McPherson, Ted Wright, Kenol Jules and Richard DeLombard, aerospace engineers in Glenn's Microgravity Environment and Telescience Branch, teamed with Ken Hrovat, Eric Kelly, Gene Liberman, Nissim Lugasy and Tim Reckart of Zin Technologies in the development of MASS.

A high temperature solid lubricant composite which provides low friction and wear to sliding contacts operating from sub-ambient to 1500 degrees Fahrenheit. Available as a plasma spray coating (PS 300) or as a free-standing powder metallurgy product (PM300), these lubricant products have been fully commercialized for high temperature steam valves and as bushings for furnace conveyors. Other applications include high temperature foil air bearing lubricants for oil-free turbomachinery, such as turbochargers and gas turbines, automotive valves and high temperature seals. The lubricants were developed and tested by Glenn's Dr. Christopher Dellacorte, Tribology and Surface Science Branch and Brian Edmonds of Glenn's Manufacturing Engineering Division.

Weather information will be provided continuously to aircraft cockpits using the WSI InFlight System, which graphically displays both radar and airport condition data on portable or panel mounted displays. The prototype hardware and software was developed by ViGYAN, Inc. of Hampton, Va. as the Pilot Weather Advisor (PWA). Development of this product from the PWA into the WSI InFlight System was facilitated under the NASA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program and advanced to production with the aid of Glenn Lindamood of Glenn's Engineering Design and Analysis Division.

A new thermosetting polyimide resin, DMBZ-15, exhibits better wear resistance than state-of-the-art PMR-15 and enables the development of fiber reinforced polymer matrix composites with capabilities for use at temperatures as high as 650 degrees Fahrenheit-an increase of more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit above PMR-15 composites. Potential applications for this new polyimide include aircraft engine components, space transportation airframe and propulsion systems, missiles as well as bushings and bearings for non-aerospace applications. The new resin was jointly developed by Glenn's Dr. Kathy Chuang and Ray Vanucci of the Polymers Branch with Maverick Corporation of Blue Ash, Ohio.

A Fault-Tolerant, High Temperature, High Load Radial Magnetic Bearing incorporates innovative features of modular C-core stator construction, optimized rotor/lamination assembly and new coil winding and core manufacturing approaches. These features have resulted in the application for two patents and the new bearing has produced a static 1000 pound force at 25,000 rpm or while operating fault-tolerant at 1000 degrees Fahrenheit. Development work for this bearing was funded by the Smart Efficient Component Project and the Turbine Base Combined Cycle Program. The award winning bearing was developed by a team from Glenn's Structures and Acoustics Division including aerospace engineer Gerald Montague.

The Hybrid Anti-Icing System is the first new form of ice protection for aircraft in forty years and the first system certified by the FAA that incorporates an electro-mechanical deicer and uniquely combines electro-thermal anti-icing with electro-mechanical deicing to protect roughness-sensitive airfoils. The new system operates at 25 percent of the power of current systems while providing the same level of safety for operations in icing conditions. The system is a hybrid using thermal anti-icing and mechanical deicing to keep wings and other lifting surfaces clear of ice and is currently in production for Raytheon Aircraft's new Premier I business jet. Glenn's Dean Miller and Andy Reehorst from the Icing Branch were collaborators on the system that was manufactured by Cox & Company, New York, NY.

Information about Glenn's Technology Transfer and Partnership Office which works to transfer Glenn's technologies to the marketplace and submitted these products for award is available at: http://technology.grc.nasa.gov/

Print quality photographs of four of the award-winning products are at:
http://www.grc.nasa.gov/WWW/PAO/pressrel/2003/03-061addm.html

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