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Monostatic Reflectivity Measurement of Radar Absorbing Materials at 310 GHz  

Microsoft Academic Search

This paper presents monostatic reflectivity measurements of radar absorbing materials at 310 GHz in a phase-hologram-based compact range. The radar cross-section method was used and the backscattered reflection was measured with horizontal and vertical polarizations in plane-wave conditions. Transmission was also studied. The reflectivity was measured over an incidence angle of 0deg-45deg. The reflectivity of Thomas Keating Terahertz RAM at

Anne Lönnqvist; Aleksi Tamminen; Juha Mallat; Antti V. Räisänen

2006-01-01

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Conducting-polymer-based radar-absorbing materials  

Microsoft Academic Search

The controllability of conductivity and the ease of manufacturing\\/coating of conducting polymers enable tailor- made dielectric loss components for radar absorbing materials (RAM). Different polypyrrole (PPy) based RAM, e.g. paint\\/rubber containing PPy powder and PPy coated structural phenolic foams with a gradient of impedance, have been examined. Reflection loss strongly depends on thickness and complex permittivity of the material. For

Van-Tan Truong; Ben D. Turner; Richard F. Muscat; M. S. Russo

1997-01-01

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Conducting-polymer-based radar-absorbing materials  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The controllability of conductivity and the ease of manufacturing/coating of conducting polymers enable tailor- made dielectric loss components for radar absorbing materials (RAM). Different polypyrrole (PPy) based RAM, e.g. paint/rubber containing PPy powder and PPy coated structural phenolic foams with a gradient of impedance, have been examined. Reflection loss strongly depends on thickness and complex permittivity of the material. For a single layer material, the optimum values of the real part, (epsilon) ', and imaginary part, (epsilon) ", of the complex permittivity required to achieve a minimum reflectivity at a given sample thickness are found by theoretical calculations. The conductivity of the PPy powder is controlled to obtain RAM with lowest reflectivity according to the calculated optimum values of (epsilon) ' and (epsilon) ". A paint panel containing 2 wt% of the PPy powder with a thickness of 2.5 mm exhibits a reflectivity less than $minus 10 dB over 12 to 18 GHz. Blending and milling in the manufacturing process can destroy the original fibrous shape of PPy aggregates leading to low absorbing performances. PPy can be coated on rigid or flexible open cell foams to provide a lightweight broadband RAM. In particular, a coating technique on phenolic foams (12 - 15 mm thick) with a pore size of micrometer order has been developed to generate a gradient of conductivity across the foam thickness. The PPy coated foams are broadband RAM.

Truong, Vo-Van; Turner, Ben D.; Muscat, Richard F.; Russo, M. S.

1997-11-01

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Radar Absorbing Applications of Metamaterials  

Microsoft Academic Search

Radar absorbing materials (RAM) is used to camouflage or shield highly reflective surfaces such metallic surfaces from incident electromagnetic (EM) waves. In this paper, we explore the applications of metamaterials as conformal RAM coatings for controlling the reflection of EM waves from metal surfaces. Metamaterials are engineered materials with specially designed metallic resonant structures that are much smaller than the

Vasundara V. Varadan

2007-01-01

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A Novel, Real-Valued Genetic Algorithm for Optimizing Radar Absorbing Materials  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

A novel, real-valued Genetic Algorithm (GA) was designed and implemented to minimize the reflectivity and/or transmissivity of an arbitrary number of homogeneous, lossy dielectric or magnetic layers of arbitrary thickness positioned at either the center of an infinitely long rectangular waveguide, or adjacent to the perfectly conducting backplate of a semi-infinite, shorted-out rectangular waveguide. Evolutionary processes extract the optimal physioelectric constants falling within specified constraints which minimize reflection and/or transmission over the frequency band of interest. This GA extracted the unphysical dielectric and magnetic constants of three layers of fictitious material placed adjacent to the conducting backplate of a shorted-out waveguide such that the reflectivity of the configuration was 55 dB or less over the entire X-band. Examples of the optimization of realistic multi-layer absorbers are also presented. Although typical Genetic Algorithms require populations of many thousands in order to function properly and obtain correct results, verified correct results were obtained for all test cases using this GA with a population of only four.

Hall, John Michael

2004-01-01

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Advanced neutron absorber materials  

DOEpatents

A neutron absorbing material and method utilizing rare earth elements such as gadolinium, europium and samarium to form metallic glasses and/or noble base nano/microcrystalline materials, the neutron absorbing material having a combination of superior neutron capture cross sections coupled with enhanced resistance to corrosion, oxidation and leaching.

Branagan, Daniel J. (Idaho Falls, ID); Smolik, Galen R. (Idaho Falls, ID)

2000-01-01

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Graphene-enabled electrically switchable radar-absorbing surfaces.  

PubMed

Radar-absorbing materials are used in stealth technologies for concealment of an object from radar detection. Resistive and/or magnetic composite materials are used to reduce the backscattered microwave signals. Inability to control electrical properties of these materials, however, hinders the realization of active camouflage systems. Here, using large-area graphene electrodes, we demonstrate active surfaces that enable electrical control of reflection, transmission and absorption of microwaves. Instead of tuning bulk material property, our strategy relies on electrostatic tuning of the charge density on an atomically thin electrode, which operates as a tunable metal in microwave frequencies. Notably, we report large-area adaptive radar-absorbing surfaces with tunable reflection suppression ratio up to 50?dB with operation voltages <5?V. Using the developed surfaces, we demonstrate various device architectures including pixelated and curved surfaces. Our results provide a significant step in realization of active camouflage systems in microwave frequencies. PMID:25791719

Balci, Osman; Polat, Emre O; Kakenov, Nurbek; Kocabas, Coskun

2015-01-01

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Recent developments in radar absorbing paints and the Zinc oxide tetrapod whisker  

Microsoft Academic Search

Recent advancements in the field of material science have created several novel materials whose electromagnetic (EM) properties make them ideal candidates for use as radar absorbing materials (RAM). The new types of RAM materials can be applied as very thin layers of paints and still maintain their absorption effectiveness making them ideal for radar cross section (RCS) reduction on aircraft,

Byron T. Caudle; George T. Flowers; Michael E. Baginski; Stuart M. Wentworth; Sadasiva M. Rao

2009-01-01

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Review in Sound Absorbing Materials  

Microsoft Academic Search

This article is a bibliographical revision concerning acoustic absorbing materials, also known as poroelastics. These absorbing\\u000a materials are a passive medium use extensively in the industry to reduce noise. This review presents the fundamental parameters\\u000a that define each of the parts comprising these materials, as well as current experimental methods used to measure said parameters.\\u000a Further along, we will analyze

X. Sagartzazu; L. Hervella-Nieto; J. M. Pagalday

2007-01-01

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Porcelain enamel neutron absorbing material  

DOEpatents

A porcelain enamel composition as a neutron absorbing material can be prepared of a major proportion by weight of a cadmium compound and a minor proportion of compound of boron, lithium and silicon. These compounds in the form of a porcelain enamel coating or layer on several alloys has been found to be particularly effective in enhancing the nuclear safety of equipment for use in the processing and storage of fissile material. The composition of the porcelain enamel coating can be tailored to match the coefficient of thermal expansion of the equipment to be coated and excellent coating adhesion can be achieved. 2 figs.

Iverson, D.C.

1987-11-20

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Graphene based tunable fractal Hilbert curve array broadband radar absorbing screen for radar cross section reduction  

SciTech Connect

This paper proposes a new type of graphene based tunable radar absorbing screen. The absorbing screen consists of Hilbert curve metal strip array and chemical vapour deposition (CVD) graphene sheet. The graphene based screen is not only tunable when the chemical potential of the graphene changes, but also has broadband effective absorption. The absorption bandwidth is from 8.9GHz to 18.1GHz, ie., relative bandwidth of more than 68%, at chemical potential of 0eV, which is significantly wider than that if the graphene sheet had not been employed. As the chemical potential varies from 0 to 0.4eV, the central frequency of the screen can be tuned from 13.5GHz to 19.0GHz. In the proposed structure, Hilbert curve metal strip array was designed to provide multiple narrow band resonances, whereas the graphene sheet directly underneath the metal strip array provides tunability and averagely required surface resistance so to significantly extend the screen operation bandwidth by providing broadband impedance matching and absorption. In addition, the thickness of the screen has been optimized to achieve nearly the minimum thickness limitation for a nonmagnetic absorber. The working principle of this absorbing screen is studied in details, and performance under various incident angles is presented. This work extends applications of graphene into tunable microwave radar cross section (RCS) reduction applications.

Huang, Xianjun, E-mail: xianjun.huang@manchester.ac.uk [School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Manchester, Manchester M13 9PL (United Kingdom); College of Electronic Science and Engineering, National University of Defense Technology, Changsha 410073 (China); Hu, Zhirun [School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Manchester, Manchester M13 9PL (United Kingdom); Liu, Peiguo [College of Electronic Science and Engineering, National University of Defense Technology, Changsha 410073 (China)

2014-11-15

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Graphene based tunable fractal Hilbert curve array broadband radar absorbing screen for radar cross section reduction  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

This paper proposes a new type of graphene based tunable radar absorbing screen. The absorbing screen consists of Hilbert curve metal strip array and chemical vapour deposition (CVD) graphene sheet. The graphene based screen is not only tunable when the chemical potential of the graphene changes, but also has broadband effective absorption. The absorption bandwidth is from 8.9GHz to 18.1GHz, ie., relative bandwidth of more than 68%, at chemical potential of 0eV, which is significantly wider than that if the graphene sheet had not been employed. As the chemical potential varies from 0 to 0.4eV, the central frequency of the screen can be tuned from 13.5GHz to 19.0GHz. In the proposed structure, Hilbert curve metal strip array was designed to provide multiple narrow band resonances, whereas the graphene sheet directly underneath the metal strip array provides tunability and averagely required surface resistance so to significantly extend the screen operation bandwidth by providing broadband impedance matching and absorption. In addition, the thickness of the screen has been optimized to achieve nearly the minimum thickness limitation for a nonmagnetic absorber. The working principle of this absorbing screen is studied in details, and performance under various incident angles is presented. This work extends applications of graphene into tunable microwave radar cross section (RCS) reduction applications.

Huang, Xianjun; Hu, Zhirun; Liu, Peiguo

2014-11-01

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Damage tolerant light absorbing material  

DOEpatents

A light absorbing article comprised of a composite of carbon-bonded carbon fibers, is prepared by: blending carbon fibers with a carbonizable organic powder to form a mixture; dispersing the mixture into an aqueous slurry; vacuum molding the aqueous slurry to form a green article; drying and curing the green article to form a cured article; and, carbonizing the cured article at a temperature of at least about 1000 C to form a carbon-bonded carbon fiber light absorbing composite article having a bulk density less than 1 g/cm[sup 3]. 9 figures.

Lauf, R.J.; Hamby, C. Jr.; Akerman, M.A.; Seals, R.D.

1993-09-07

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Damage tolerant light absorbing material  

DOEpatents

A light absorbing article comprised of a composite of carbon-bonded carbon fibers, prepared by: blending carbon fibers with a carbonizable organic powder to form a mixture; dispersing the mixture into an aqueous slurry; vacuum molding the aqueous slurry to form a green article; drying and curing the green article to form a cured article; and, carbonizing the cured article at a temperature of at least about 1000.degree. C. to form a carbon-bonded carbon fiber light absorbing composite article having a bulk density less than 1 g/cm.sup.3.

Lauf, Robert J. (Oak Ridge, TN); Hamby, Jr., Clyde (Harriman, TN); Akerman, M. Alfred (Knoxville, TN); Seals, Roland D. (Oak Ridge, TN)

1993-01-01

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Magnetic field effects on microwave absorbing materials  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The objective of this program was to gather information to formulate a microwave absorber that can work in the presence of strong constant direct current (DC) magnetic fields. The program was conducted in four steps. The first step was to investigate the electrical and magnetic properties of magnetic and ferrite microwave absorbers in the presence of strong magnetic fields. This included both experimental measurements and a literature survey of properties that may be applicable to finding an appropriate absorbing material. The second step was to identify those material properties that will produce desirable absorptive properties in the presence of intense magnetic fields and determine the range of magnetic field in which the absorbers remain effective. The third step was to establish ferrite absorber designs that will produce low reflection and adequate absorption in the presence of intense inhomogeneous static magnetic fields. The fourth and final step was to prepare and test samples of such magnetic microwave absorbers if such designs seem practical.

Goldberg, Ira; Hollingsworth, Charles S.; Mckinney, Ted M.

1991-01-01

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Characterization of porous absorbent materials P. Leclaire  

E-print Network

Characterization of porous absorbent materials P. Leclaire LRMA-DRIVE, ISAT, 49 rue Mademoiselle and experimental research on the acoustical properties of air-saturated porous materials for engineering-saturated porous materials is of great importance for sound insulation and vibration damping applications. Over

Paris-Sud XI, Université de

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Durability of Polymeric Glazing and Absorber Materials  

SciTech Connect

The Solar Heating and Lighting Program has set the goal of reducing the cost of solar water heating systems by at least 50%. An attractive approach to such large cost reduction is to replace glass and metal parts with less-expensive, lighter-weight, more-integrated polymeric components. The key challenge with polymers is to maintain performance and assure requisite durability for extended lifetimes. The objective of this task is to quantify lifetimes through measurement of the optical and mechanical stability of candidate polymeric glazing and absorber materials. Polycarbonate sheet glazings, as proposed by two industry partners, have been tested for resistance to UV radiation with three complementary methods. Incorporation of a specific 2-mil thick UV-absorbing screening layer results in glazing lifetimes of at least 15 years; improved screens promise even longer lifetimes. Proposed absorber materials were tested for creep and embrittlement under high temperature, and appear adequate for planned ICS absorbers.

Jorgensen, G.; Terwilliger, K.; Bingham, C.; Milbourne, M.

2005-01-01

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Design and Manufacture of Energy Absorbing Materials  

ScienceCinema

Learn about an ordered cellular material that has been designed and manufactured using direct ink writing (DIW), a 3-D printing technology being developed at LLNL. The new material is a patterned cellular material that can absorb mechanical energy-a cushion-while also providing protection against sheering. This material is expected to find utility in application spaces that currently use unordered foams, such as sporting and consumer goods as well as defense and aerospace.

Duoss, Eric

2014-05-30

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Design and Manufacture of Energy Absorbing Materials  

SciTech Connect

Learn about an ordered cellular material that has been designed and manufactured using direct ink writing (DIW), a 3-D printing technology being developed at LLNL. The new material is a patterned cellular material that can absorb mechanical energy-a cushion-while also providing protection against sheering. This material is expected to find utility in application spaces that currently use unordered foams, such as sporting and consumer goods as well as defense and aerospace.

Duoss, Eric

2014-05-28

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Absorber Materials at Room and Cryogenic Temperatures  

SciTech Connect

We recently reported on investigations of RF absorber materials at cryogenic temperatures conducted at Jefferson Laboratory (JLab). The work was initiated to find a replacement material for the 2 Kelvin low power waveguide Higher Order Mode (HOM) absorbers employed within the original cavity cryomodules of the Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility (CEBAF). This effort eventually led to suitable candidates as reported in this paper. Furthermore, though constrained by small funds for labor and resources, we have analyzed a variety of lossy ceramic materials, several of which could be usable as HOM absorbers for both normal conducting and superconducting RF structures, e.g. as loads in cavity waveguides and beam tubes either at room or cryogenic temperatures and, depending on cooling measures, low to high operational power levels.

F. Marhauser, T.S. Elliott, A.T. Wu, E.P. Chojnacki, E. Savrun

2011-09-01

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Tech Transfer Webinar: Energy Absorbing Materials  

SciTech Connect

A new material has been designed and manufactured at LLNL that can absorb mechanical energy--a cushion--while also providing protection against sheering. This ordered cellular material is 3D printed using direct ink writing techniques under development at LLNL. It is expected to find utility in application spaces that currently use unordered foams, such as sporting and consumer goods as well as defense and aerospace.

Duoss, Eric

2014-06-17

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Tech Transfer Webinar: Energy Absorbing Materials  

ScienceCinema

A new material has been designed and manufactured at LLNL that can absorb mechanical energy--a cushion--while also providing protection against sheering. This ordered cellular material is 3D printed using direct ink writing techniques under development at LLNL. It is expected to find utility in application spaces that currently use unordered foams, such as sporting and consumer goods as well as defense and aerospace.

Duoss, Eric

2014-07-15

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Durability of Polymeric Glazing and Absorber Materials  

SciTech Connect

The Solar Heating and Lighting Program has set the goal of reducing the cost of solar water heating systems by at least 50%. An attractive approach to such large cost reduction is to replace glass and metal parts with less-expensive, lighter-weight, more-integrated polymeric components. The key challenge with polymers is to maintain performance and assure requisite durability for extended lifetimes. We have begun evaluation of several new UV-screened polycarbonate sheet glazing constructions. This has involved interactions with several major polymer industry companies to obtain improved candidate samples. Proposed absorber materials were tested for UV resistance, and appear adequate for unglazed ICS absorbers.

Jorgensen, G.; Terwilliger, K.; Bingham, C.; Lindquist, C.; Milbourne, M.

2005-11-01

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Investigations on Absorber Materials at Cryogenic Temperatures  

SciTech Connect

In the framework of the 12 GeV upgrade project for the Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility (CEBAF) improvements are being made to refurbish cryomodules housing Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility?s (JLab) original 5-cell cavities. Recently we have started to look into a possible simplification of the existing Higher Order Mode (HOM) absorber design combined with the aim to find alternative material candidates. The absorbers are implemented in two HOM-waveguides immersed in the helium bath and operate at 2 K temperature. We have built a cryogenic setup to perform measurements on sample load materials to investigate their lossy characteristics and variations from room temperature down to 2 K. Initial results are presented in this paper.

Frank Marhauser, Thomas Elliott, Robert Rimmer

2009-05-01

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Novel absorber materials for EUV lithography mask  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

One of main issues of EUV lithography is to reduce so-called shadowing effect attributed to oblique incidence of EUV light on a mask. In order to mitigate shadowing, a thinner absorber layer thickness for EUV mask is preferred. In order to realize EUV masks with thinner absorber stack, we introduced SnO film as a high absorptive material for EUV light. Thorough actual measurement of EUV reflectance and subsequent data fitting to theoretical curve, we confirmed that SnO has large k (extinction coefficient) value. As a result, SnO absorber can do with about a half thickness compared to Ta-based absorber having the same OD value. Using SnO film, we designed a binary mask consisting of SnO/CrN-buffer pattern and an att.PSM consisting of SnO/Ru-shifter pattern. SnO has also considerable transparency in the range of DUV wavelength for use of defect inspection. We confirmed both binary mask and att.PSM have low reflectance in the range of DUV wavelength even without top AR coating. The att.PSM can realize appropriate reflectance (nearby 6%) at a phase shift of 180 deg with the total patterned (SnO/Ru) thickness of below 41 nm even with 6 nm thick SiN top coating. Furthermore, we evaluated dry etched cross sectional profile of the binary mask and the att.PSM. The initial etch profiles look encouraging.

Matsuo, Tadashi; Kanayama, Koichiro; Okumoto, Yasuhiro

2009-04-01

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Evaluation of the growth of microorganisms on diaper absorbent materials  

Microsoft Academic Search

Summary Methods were developed to study the effects of absorbent materials from diapers on microbial survival, growth and toxic shock syndrome toxin-1 (TSST-1) production under specified in vitro conditions. Growth of representative skin and fecal flora organisms was equivalent in cultures in which materials from cotton cloth diapers, disposable diapers or disposable diapers containing absorbent gelling material were added as

B. H. Keswick

1988-01-01

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Urolithiasis on absorbable and non-absorbable suture materials in the rabbit bladder.  

PubMed

Absorbable and non-absorbable suture materials were evaluated for calculi formation and tissue reactivity in the rabbit bladder. Five-O chromic, polydioxinone and polypropylene sutures were used to close cystostomies made in New Zealand white rabbits. Bladders were evaluated at 15, 30, 60 and 90 days. Calculi formed on all sutures tested and the persistence of calculi appeared to be dependent on the longevity of the suture material used. This data suggests that the use of non-absorbable suture material in urologic surgery may contribute to calculus formation. PMID:3080609

Morris, M C; Baquero, A; Redovan, E; Mahoney, E; Bannett, A D

1986-03-01

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Contribution of recoil atoms to irradiation damage in absorber materials  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Absorbing materials are used to control the reactivity of nuclear reactors by taking advantage of nuclear reactions (e.g., 10B(n,?) 7Li) where neutrons are absorbed. During such reactions, energetic recoils are produced. As a result, radiation damage in absorbing materials originates both from these nuclear reactions and from elastic collisions between neutrons and atoms. This damage eventually leads to a partial destruction of the materials, and this is the main limitation on their lifetime in nuclear reactors. Using a formalism developed to calculate displacements per atoms (dpa) in a multi atomic target, we have calculated damages in terms of displacements per atom in a (n,?) absorbing material taking into account geometrical effects of 10 boron self shielding and transmutation reactions induced by neutrons inside the absorber. Radiation damage is calculated for boron carbide and hafnium diboride ceramics in a Pressurized Water Reactor environment. It is shown that recoils produced by nuclear reactions account for the main part of the radiation damage created in these ceramics. Damages are calculated as a function of the distance from the center of an absorber pellet. Due to the self-shielding effect, these damage curves exhibit sharp maxima, the position of which changes in time.

Simeone, D.; Hablot, O.; Micalet, V.; Bellon, P.; Serruys, Y.

1997-08-01

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Characterization of porous construction materials using electromagnetic radar wave  

Microsoft Academic Search

This thesis reports the effort of characterizing three porous construction materials (i.e. concrete, asphalt and soils) and the establishment and formulation of novel unified constitutive models by utilizing electromagnetic (EM) radar wave. An important outcome of this research is that the studied materials were assigned successfully into their rightful positions corresponding to the different regimes governed by three EM wave

Wallace Wai Lok Lai

2006-01-01

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A high absorbance material for solar collectors' applications  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

In this work, we proposed a low cost material to be used as an excellent absorber for solar collectors, to increase its thermal efficiency by the high capacity to absorb solar radiation. The material, known as "smoke black" (soot) can be obtained by the incomplete combustion of organic materials, such as the oxygen-acetylene, paraffin, or candles. A comparative analysis between the optical properties (reflectance, absorbance, and emissivity) measured on three covered copper surfaces (without paint, with a commercial matte black paint, and with smoke black) shows amazing optical results for the smoke black. Reflectance values of the smoke black applied over copper surfaces improves 56 times the values obtained from commercial black paints. High values of emissivity (E=0.9988) were measured on the surface covered with smoke black by spectrophotometry in the UV-VIS range, which represents about 7% of increment as compared with the value obtained for commercial black paints (E=0.938). The proposed high absorbance material can be easily applied on any kind of surfaces at low cost.

Oliva, A. I.; Maldonado, R. D.; Díaz, E. A.; Montalvo, A. I.

2013-06-01

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Integrating non-planar metamaterials with magnetic absorbing materials to yield ultra-broadband microwave hybrid absorbers  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Broadening the bandwidth of electromagnetic wave absorbers has greatly challenged material scientists. Here, we propose a two-layer hybrid absorber consisting of a non-planar metamaterial (MM) and a magnetic microwave absorbing material (MAM). The non-planar MM using magnetic MAMs instead of dielectric substrates shows good low frequency absorption and low reflection across a broad spectrum. Benefiting from this and the high frequency strong absorption of the MAM layer, the lightweight hybrid absorber exhibits 90% absorptivity over the whole 2-18 GHz range. Our result reveals a promising and flexible method to greatly extend or control the absorption bandwidth of absorbers.

Li, Wei; Wu, Tianlong; Wang, Wei; Guan, Jianguo; Zhai, Pengcheng

2014-01-01

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Absorbing Boundary Conditions For Optical Pulses In Dispersive, Nonlinear Materials  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

This paper will present results in computational nonlinear optics. An algorithm will be described that provides absorbing boundary conditions for optical pulses in dispersive, nonlinear materials. A new numerical absorber at the boundaries has been developed that is responsive to the spectral content of the pulse. Also, results will be shown of calculations of 2-D electromagnetic nonlinear waves computed by directly integrating in time the nonlinear vector Maxwell's equations. The results will include simulations of "light bullet" like pulses. Here diffraction and dispersion will be counteracted by nonlinear effects. Comparisons will be shown of calculations that use the standard boundary conditions and the new ones.

Goorjian, Peter M.; Kwak, Dochan (Technical Monitor)

1995-01-01

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Sound-absorbing slabs and structures based on granular materials (bound and unbound). [energy absorbing efficiency of porous material  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Sound absorbing slabs and structures made up of bound or unbound granular materials are considered and how to manufacture these elements at the building site. The raw material is a single grain powder (sand, expanded blast furnace slag, etc.) that imparts to the end products an apparent porosity of 25-45% and an energy dissipation within the structure leading to absorption coefficients that can be compared with those of mineral wool and urethane.

Petre-Lazar, S.; Popeea, G.

1974-01-01

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An `H'-shape three-dimensional meta-material used in honeycomb structure absorbing material  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

An `H'-shape three-dimensional meta-material structure which loaded on the sidewall of honeycomb structure absorbing material was designed and fabricated in this project. The simulation results demonstrated a super-wide absorption band below -10 dB between 2.3 and 18 GHz, which expanded 7 GHz compared with the absorber without meta-material. The relative impedance curve was analyzed, which showed that the meta-material has little impact on the impedance-matching characteristics of the honeycomb structure absorbing material. We further studied the distribution of both electronic field energy and magnetic field energy. The former one indicated that the low-frequency absorption peaks could easily be moved by adjusting the parameters of the parallel-plate capacitors which generate electric resonance, and the latter one illustrated that the three-dimensional meta-material could generate magnetic resonance between units which would not exist in two-dimensional meta-material. Then we verified the simulation results through experiment which display a similar absorbing curve. The differences between simulation results and experiment results were caused by the addition substrate of the meta-material, which could not be eliminated in this experiment. However, it still implied that we can obtain a meta-material absorber that has a super-wide absorbing band if we can put the meta-material on the sidewall of the honeycomb without attachments.

Huang, Daqing; Kang, Feiyu; Zhou, Zhuohui; Cheng, Hongfei; Ding, Heyan

2015-03-01

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Impact Mechanics and High-Energy Absorbing Materials: Review  

Microsoft Academic Search

In this paper a review of impact mechanics and high-energy absorbing materials is presented. We review different theoretical models (rigid-body dynamics, elastic, shock, and plastic wave propagation, and nonclassical or nonlocal models. and computational methods (finite-element, finite-difference, and mesh-free methods. used in impact mechanics. Some recent developments in numerical simulation of impact (e.g., peridynamics) and new design concepts proposed as

Pizhong Qiao; Mijia Yang; Florin Bobaru

2008-01-01

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A new neutron absorber material for criticality control  

SciTech Connect

A new neutron absorber material based on a nickel metal matrix composite has been developed for applications such as the Transport, Aging, and Disposal (TAD) canister for the Yucca Mountain Project. This new material offers superior corrosion resistance to withstand the more demanding geochemical environments found in a 300,000 year to a million year repository. The lifetime of the TAD canister is currently limited to 10,000 years, reflecting the focus of current regulations embodied in 10 CFR 63. The use of DOE-owned nickel stocks from decommissioned enrichment facilities could reduce the cost compared to stainless steel/boron alloy. The metal matrix composite allows the inclusion of more than one neutron absorber compound, so that the exact composition may be adjusted as needed. The new neutron absorber material may also be used for supplementary criticality control of stored or transported PWR spent fuel by forming it into cylindrical pellets that can be inserted into a surrogate control rod. (authors)

Wells, Alan H. [PhD Consultant, 2846 Peachtree Walk, Duluth, GA 30096 (United States)

2007-07-01

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Resolution function of nonsinusoidal radar signals. I - Range-velocity resolution with rectangular pulses  

Microsoft Academic Search

A generalization of a previously published ambiguity function that applies to radar known as large-relative-bandwidth radar, carrier-free radar, impulse radar, or nonsinusoidal radar is discussed. This radar has recently attracted attention because of its ability to penetrate absorbing materials used in the stealth technology. Another good application is the detection of moving targets with a small radar cross section by

Nasser J. Mohamed

1990-01-01

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Resolution function of nonsinusoidal radar signals. I. Range-velocity resolution with rectangular pulses  

Microsoft Academic Search

A generalization of a previously published ambiguity function that applies to radar known as large-relative-bandwidth radar, carrier-free radar, impulse radar, or nonsinusoidal radar is discussed. This radar has attracted attention because of its ability to penetrate absorbing materials used in the stealth technology. Another good application is the detection of moving targets with a small radar cross section by a

N. J. Mohamed

1990-01-01

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Comparison of Methods for Characterizing Sound Absorbing Materials  

E-print Network

Sound absorbing materials are usually defined by five parameters: open porosity, static airflow resistivity, tortuosity, and two characteristic lengths. In recent decades, different methods have been developed in order to characterize these parameters. These methods may be divided following three approaches: i) inverse, ii) indirect and iii) direct. The inverse approach is based on an optimisation problem where the material parameters are adjusted in the acoustic model to reproduce acoustical measurements. The indirect approach is based on the acoustical model from which analytical expressions linking the material parameters to acoustical measurements are derived. Contrary to the previous two approaches, the direct approach is not based on acoustical measurements. It is based on the physical and mathematical definition of the parameters and requires dedicated equipments. In this study, the five parameters have been measured for different porous materials using some direct, indirect and inverse methods. A comp...

Salissou, Y; Salissou, Yacoubou; Panneton, Raymond

2006-01-01

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Porphyrin Based Near Infrared-Absorbing Materials for Organic Photovoltaics  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The conservation and transformation of energy is essential to the survival of mankind, and thus concerns every modern society. Solar energy, as an everlasting source of energy, holds one of the key solutions to some of the most urgent problems the world now faces, such as global warming and the oil crisis. Advances in technologies utilizing clean, abundant solar energy, could be the steering wheel of our societies. Solar cells, one of the major advances in converting solar energy into electricity, are now capturing people's interest all over the globe. While solar cells have been commercially available for many years, the manufacturing of solar cells is quite expensive, limiting their broad based implementation. The cost of solar cell based electricity is 15-50 cents per kilowatt hour (¢/kwh), depending on the type of solar cell, compared to 0.7 ¢/kwh for fossil fuel based electricity. Clearly, decreasing the cost of electricity from solar cells is critical for their wide spread deployment. This will require a decrease in the cost of light absorbing materials and material processing used in fabricating the cells. Organic photovoltaics (OPVs) utilize organic materials such as polymers and small molecules. These devices have the advantage of being flexible and lower cost than conventional solar cells built from inorganic semiconductors (e.g. silicon). The low cost of OPVs is tied to lower materials and fabrication costs of organic cells. However, the current power conversion efficiencies of OPVs are still below 15%, while convention crystalline Si cells have efficiencies of 20-25%. A key limitation in OPVs today is their inability to utilize the near infrared (NIR) portion of the solar spectrum. This part of the spectrum comprises nearly half of the energy in sunlight that could be used to make electricity. The first and foremost step in conversion solar energy conversion is the absorption of light, which nature has provided us optimal model of, which is photosynthesis. Photosynthesis uses light from the sun to drive a series of chemical reactions. Most natural photosynthetic systems utilize chlorophylls to absorb light energy and carry out photochemical charge separation that stores energy in the form of chemical bonds. The sun produces a broad spectrum of light output that ranges from gamma rays to radio waves. The entire visible range of light (400-700 nm) and some wavelengths in the NIR (700-1000 nm), are highly active in driving photosynthesis. Although the most familiar chlorophyll-containing organisms, such as plants, algae and cyanobacteria, cannot use light longer than 700 nm, anoxygenic bacterium containing bacteriochlorophylls can use the NIR part of the solar spectrum. No organism is known to utilize light of wavelength longer than about 1000 nm for photosynthesis. NIR light has a very low-energy content in each photon, so that large numbers of these low-energy photons would have to be used to drive the chemical reactions of photosynthesis. This is thermodynamically possible but would require a fundamentally different molecular mechanism that is more akin to a heat engine than to photochemistry. Early work on developing light absorbing materials for OPVs was inspired by photosynthesis in which light is absorbed by chlorophyll. Structurally related to chlorophyll is the porphyrin family, which has accordingly drawn much interest as the potential light absorbing component in OPV applications. In this dissertation, the design and detail studies of several porphyrin-based NIR absorbing materials, including pi--extended perylenyl porphryins and pyrazole-containing carbaporphyrins, as well as porphyrin modified single-walled carbon nanotube hybrids, will be presented, dedicating efforts to develop novel and application-oriented materials for efficient utilization of sustainable solar energy.

Zhong, Qiwen

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Adaptive radar absorbing structure with PIN diode controlled active frequency selective surface  

Microsoft Academic Search

A brief description of the theory of passive and active absorbers is presented followed by details of an experimental study of a new design of adaptive absorber. The absorber is a single-layer planar structure based upon the topology of a Salisbury screen, but in which the conventional resistive layer is replaced by an active frequency selective surface (FSS) controlled by

A. Tennant; B. Chambers

2004-01-01

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Device for Measuring Heat Capacities of Microcalorimeter Absorber Materials  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

We are developing a device for measuring the heat capacity of candidate absorber materials for gamma-ray microcalorimeters with the goal of finding materials with low heat capacity and high stopping power to improve detector efficiency. To date, only Sn has been effective as an absorber, and speculation is that other materials suffer from anomalously high heat capacities at low temperatures. The key component of the measurement device is a 17 mm×17 mm low heat capacity silicon platform suspended by Kevlar fibers designed for accepting 1 g to 2 g samples, and whose heat capacity can be characterized prior to attaching a sample. The platform has a thin film Pd/Au heater deposited directly on the silicon, and a semiconducting thermometer bonded to the surface. The heat capacity is determined from C = G?, where G is the in-situ measured conductance and x is the measured temperature decay time from a step change in applied heat. For a platform without samples, decay periods on the order of 0.3 to 0.05 seconds were measured. With samples, decay periods of several seconds are projected, allowing good resolution of the heat capacities. Several thermometers were tested in an effort to find one with the optimum characteristics for measuring platform temperatures. These included a commercial thick-film Ruthenium-oxide surface-mount resistor, a germanium NTD, and a zirconium oxy-nitride thin-film thermometer.

Kotsubo, Vincent; Beall, James; Ullom, Joel

2009-12-01

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A novel technique for measuring the reflection coefficient of sound absorbing materials  

E-print Network

A novel technique for measuring the reflection coefficient of sound absorbing materials H-E. de.j.m.vandereerden@wb.utwente.nl Abstract A new method to measure the acoustic behaviour of sound absorbing material in an impedance tube to quantify the sound absorbing behaviour of porous materials. In general one is interested in one

Allen, Jont

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Boron-copper neutron absorbing material and method of preparation  

DOEpatents

A composite, copper clad neutron absorbing material is comprised of copper powder and boron powder enriched with boron 10. The boron 10 content can reach over 30 percent by volume, permitting a very high level of neutron absorption. The copper clad product is also capable of being reduced to a thickness of 0.05 to 0.06 inches and curved to a radius of 2 to 3 inches, and can resist temperatures of 900.degree. C. A method of preparing the material includes the steps of compacting a boron-copper powder mixture and placing it in a copper cladding, restraining the clad assembly in a steel frame while it is hot rolled at 900.degree. C. with cross rolling, and removing the steel frame and further rolling the clad assembly at 650.degree. C. An additional sheet of copper can be soldered onto the clad assembly so that the finished sheet can be cold formed into curved shapes.

Wiencek, Thomas C. (Bolingbrook, IL); Domagala, Robert F. (Indian Head Park, IL); Thresh, Henry (Palos Hts., IL)

1991-01-01

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Broadband transmission noise reduction of smart panels featuring piezoelectric shunt circuits and sound-absorbing material  

Microsoft Academic Search

The possibility of a broadband noise reduction of piezoelectric smart panels is experimentally studied. A piezoelectric smart panel is basically a plate structure on which piezoelectric patches with electrical shunt circuits are mounted and sound-absorbing material is bonded on the surface of the structure. Sound-absorbing material can absorb the sound transmitted at the midfrequency region effectively while the use of

Jaehwan Kim; Joong-Kuen Lee

2002-01-01

46

Dysprosium hafnate as absorbing material for control rods  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Dysprosium hafnate is proposed as a promising absorbing material for control rods of thermal nuclear reactors. The properties of dysprosium hafnate pellets with different Dy and Hf contents are presented in this article. The fluorite phase is characterized by the density range 6.8-7.8 g/cm 3 and; the thermal diffusivity achieves 0.58-0.83 mm 2/s at 20 °C, thermal conductivity of 1.5-2.0 W/(K m) and TLEC of (8.4-8.6) × 10 -6 K -1 at 20 °C. The temperature dependence of the thermophysical properties of dysprosium hafnate are presented. The neutron absorption efficiency of dysprosium hafnate was estimated in comparison with boron carbide. The radiation resistance of pellets after irradiation in the BOR-60 reactor is presented as well.

Risovany, V. D.; Zakharov, A. V.; Muraleva, E. M.; Kosenkov, V. M.; Latypov, R. N.

2006-09-01

47

Alternative materials to cadmium for neutron absorbers in safeguards applications  

SciTech Connect

Cadmium is increasingly difficult to use in safeguards applications because of rising cost and increased safety regulations. This work examines the properties of two materials produced by Ceradyne, inc. that present alternatives to cadmium for neutron shielding. The first is an aluminum metal doped with boron and the second is a boron carbide powder, compressed into a ceramic. Both are enriched in the {sup 10}B isotope. Two sheets of boron doped aluminum (1.1 mm and 5.2mm thick) and one sheet of boron carbide (8.5mm thick) were provided by Ceradyne for testing. An experiment was designed to test the neutron absorption capabilities of these three sheets against two different thicknesses of cadmium (0.6mm and 1.6mm thick). The thinner piece of aluminum boron alloy (1.1mm) performed as well as the cadmium pieces at absorbing neutrons. The thicker aluminum-boron plate provided more shielding than the cadmium sheets and the boron carbide performed best by a relatively large margin. Monte Carlo N-Particle eXtended (MCNPX) transport code modeling of the experiment was performed to provide validaLed computational tools for predicting the behavior of systems in which these materials may be incorporated as alternatives to cadmium. MCNPX calculations predict that approximately 0.17mm of the boron carbide is equivalent to 0.6mm of cadmium. There are drawbacks to these materials that need to be noted when considering using them as replacements for cadmium. Notably, they may need to be thicker than cadmium, and are not malleable, requiring machining to fit any curved forms.

Freeman, Corey R [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Geist, William H [Los Alamos National Laboratory; West, James D [Los Alamos National Laboratory

2009-01-01

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Dysprosium titanate as an absorber material for control rods  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Disprosium titanate is an attractive control rod material for the thermal neutron reactors. Its main advantages are: insignificant swelling, no out-gassing under neutron irradiation, rather high neutron efficiency, a high melting point (˜1870°C), non-interaction with the cladding at temperatures above 1000°C, simple fabrication and easily reprocessed non-radioactive waste. It can be used in control rods as pellets and powder. The disprosium titanate control rods have worked off in the MIR reactor for 17 years, in VVER-1000 - for 4 years without any operating problems. After post-irradiation examinations this type of control rod having high lifetime was recommended for the VVER and RBMK. The paper presents the examination results of absorber element dummies containing dysprosium titanate, irradiated in the SM reactor to the neutron fluence of 3.4×10 22 cm -2 ( E>0.1 MeV) and, also, the data on structure, thermal-physical properties of dysprosium titanate, efficiency of dysprosium titanate control rods.

Risovany, V. D.; Varlashova, E. E.; Suslov, D. N.

2000-09-01

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COMPARISON OF METHODS FOR CHARACTERIZING SOUND ABSORBING MATERIALS Yacoubou SALISSOU and Raymond PANNETON  

E-print Network

COMPARISON OF METHODS FOR CHARACTERIZING SOUND ABSORBING MATERIALS Yacoubou SALISSOU and Raymond materials are widely used as acoustic absorbent media in the transport industry. In order to have a prior on an optimization problem where unknown parameters are adjusted to fit measured acoustic data (ex.: sound absorption

Paris-Sud XI, Université de

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Development of high-performance all-polyester sound-absorbing materials  

Microsoft Academic Search

This paper describes two kinds of newly developed polyester sound-absorbing materials. One mainly consists of modified cross-section polyester fabric, and the other consists of recycled polyester fabric. They provide noticeably higher sound-absorbing performance than traditional materials like shoddy or urethane foam. This is because the new materials have greater surface area than that of traditional materials at an identical weight.

Kyoichi Watanabe; Yoshiaki Minemura; Kouichi Nemoto; Hiroshi Sugawara

1999-01-01

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Boron cage compound materials and composites for shielding and absorbing neutrons  

DOEpatents

Boron cage compound-containing materials for shielding and absorbing neutrons. The materials include BCC-containing composites and compounds. BCC-containing compounds comprise a host polymer and a BCC attached thereto. BCC-containing composites comprise a mixture of a polymer matrix and a BCC filler. The BCC-containing materials can be used to form numerous articles of manufacture for shielding and absorbing neutrons.

Bowen, III, Daniel E; Eastwood, Eric A

2014-03-04

52

A broadband acoustic omnidirectional absorber comprising positive-index materials  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

We propose a broadband acoustic omnidirectional absorber (AOA) made of acoustic metamaterials having a positive index, which guides an incident acoustic wave into a central cavity spirally without backscattering. Numerical simulations show that the AOA has an absorption cross section remarkably larger than its cavity within a broad band, which is of potential practical significance to various applications such as sound absorption and noise control. A possible scheme for the practical realization of the AOA is also briefly discussed.

Li, Rui-Qi; Zhu, Xue-Feng; Liang, Bin; Li, Yong; Zou, Xin-Ye; Cheng, Jian-Chun

2011-11-01

53

Investigation of the effectiveness of absorbent materials in oil spills clean up  

Microsoft Academic Search

The present study examines the absorption capacity of five different types of materials for oil spills clean up. The absorbents were a commercial cellulosic material from processed wood, a commercial synthetic organic fiber from polypropylene and three commercial types of local expanded perlite from the island of Milos. The absorption capacities of the above materials were evaluated in a wet

Ch. Teas; S. Kalligeros; F. Zanikos; S. Stournas; E. Lois; G. Anastopoulos

2001-01-01

54

Noise absorbing composite materials applied in domestic trucks  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

One of the basic indicators of the modern automobile is the low noise level. Noise level decrease is reached due to: 1) sources of noise elimination due to change of a design of elements and automobile systems; 2) application of modern noise insulation and noise absorption materials. The following noise absorption materials in domestic trucks are applied: fiberglass plastic, basaltic fireproof roll material (BFRM), AA SMT, AL-aralamino, isomat.

Gumerov, I. F.; Shafigullin, L. N.; Vakhitova, S. M.; Shaekhova, I. F.

2014-12-01

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Detection of Buried Defects in Dielectric Materials Using Radar  

Microsoft Academic Search

Detection of defects in dielectric products using an FMCW radar system is studied. Defect edge detection technique is used. Detectability requires a dielectric constant contrast between the host and the defect, and is impared by window functions, the sweep rate of the signal and the size of the FlT. Results are given in both 1D and 2D.

J. L. Agbinya; J. C. Devlin; C. F. Osbornettt

1992-01-01

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Levelized cost of coating (LCOC) for selective absorber materials.  

SciTech Connect

A new metric has been developed to evaluate and compare selective absorber coatings for concentrating solar power applications. Previous metrics have typically considered the performance of the selective coating (i.e., solar absorptance and thermal emittance), but cost and durability were not considered. This report describes the development of the levelized cost of coating (LCOC), which is similar to the levelized cost of energy (LCOE) commonly used to evaluate alternative energy technologies. The LCOC is defined as the ratio of the annualized cost of the coating (and associated costs such as labor and number of heliostats required) to the average annual thermal energy produced by the receiver. The baseline LCOC using Pyromark 2500 paint was found to be %240.055/MWht, and the distribution of LCOC values relative to this baseline were determined in a probabilistic analysis to range from -%241.6/MWht to %247.3/MWht, accounting for the cost of additional (or fewer) heliostats required to yield the same baseline average annual thermal energy produced by the receiver. A stepwise multiple rank regression analysis showed that the initial solar absorptance was the most significant parameter impacting the LCOC, followed by thermal emittance, degradation rate, reapplication interval, and downtime during reapplication.

Ho, Clifford Kuofei; Pacheco, James Edward

2013-09-01

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Effect of weight fraction of carbon black and number of plies of E-glass fiber to reflection loss of E-glass/ripoxy composite for radar absorbing structure (RAS)  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Nowadays, studies on investigating radar absorbing structure (RAS) using fiber reinforced polymeric (FRP) composite materials are becoming popular research field because the electromagnetic properties of FRP composites can be tailored effectively by just adding some electromagnetic powders, such as carbon black, ferrite, carbonyl iron, and etc., to the matrix of composites. The RAS works not only as a load bearing structure to hold the antenna system, but also has the important function of absorbing the in-band electromagnetic wave coming from the electromagnetic energy of tracking systems. In this study, E-glass fiber reinforced ripoxy resin composite was fabricated by blending the conductive carbon black (Ketjenblack EC300J) with the binder matrix of the composite material and maximizing the coefficient of absorption more than 90% (more than -10 dB) within the X-band frequency (8 - 12 GHz). It was measured by electrical conductivity (LCR meter) and vector network analyzer (VNA). Finally, the composite RAS with 0.02 weight fraction of carbon black and 4 plies of E-glass fiber showed thickness of 2.1 mm, electrical conductivity of 8.33 × 10-6 S/m, and maximum reflection loss of -27.123 dB, which can absorb more than 90% of incident EM wave throughout the entire X-band frequency range, has been developed.

Widyastuti, Ramadhan, Rizal; Ardhyananta, Hosta; Zainuri, Mochamad

2013-09-01

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Method of Synthesizing a Novel Absorbent Titanosilicate Material (UPRM-5)  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

A titanium silicate variant named UPRM-5 was prepared using tetraethylammonium hydroxide as a structure-directing agent (SDA). Successful detemplation was achieved via ion exchange with NH4Cl. Effective functionalization was obtained after ion exchanging the detemplated material using SrCl2 and BaCl2. Adsorption of CO2 at 25 deg C in Sr(-) and Ba-UPRM-5 materials activated at different temperatures. For low partial pressures, the observed CO2 adsorption capacities increased as follows: NH4-UPRM-5 less than Sr-UPRM-5 less than Ba-UPRM-5. Both the Sr(-) and Ba-UPRM-5 materials exhibited outstanding selectivity for CO2 over CH4, N2 and O2.

Hernandez-Maldonado, Arturo (Inventor); Primera-Pedrozo, Jose N (Inventor)

2013-01-01

59

Humic acid-inspired hybrid materials as heavy metal absorbents.  

PubMed

Three SiO(2)-based materials were prepared via covalent immobilization of carboxyl groups (COOH), phenolic groups (GA), or humic acid on an SiO(2) surface. Their sorbing properties were evaluated for removal of heavy metals (Pb(2+), Cd(2+), Cu(2+), Zn(2+), and Mg(2+)) from aqueous solution. The data show a significant improvement for metal uptake, compared to unmodified silica that can be attributed to the adsorption of metals to the deprotonated form of functional groups (COOH, GA, HA). The metal-uptake capacity of the SiO(2)-HA material was 10 times higher that those of the other two materials. The present data provide direct experimental proof that HA can be viewed and modeled as a combination of -COO and R-OH functional groups. PMID:20705298

Stathi, Panagiota; Deligiannakis, Yiannis

2010-11-01

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Engineering, Modeling and Testing of Composite Absorbing Materials for  

E-print Network

be either wideband, or frequency selective. The materials of interest should provide the required., 2008; Wang & Jing, 2005). Moreover, if a conducting surface has sharp edges, slots, and apertures, currents on this surface may drive unintentional antennas and enhance noise coupling paths as culprits

Koledintseva, Marina Y.

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Determining the Absorbance Spectra of Photochromic Materials From Measured Spectrophotometer Data  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

If a two-state photochromic material is optically bleached, the absorbance spectrum data measured by a spectrophotometer is in general comprised of components from both the ground state and the upper state. Under general conditions, it may be difficult to extract the actual upper state spectrum from the spectrum of the bleached material. A simple algorithm is presented here for the recovery of the pure absorbance spectra of the upper state of a material such as bacteriorhodopsin, given single wavelength bleaching illumination, steady-state conditions, and accurate knowledge of phototransition rates and thermal decay rates.

Downie, John D.

1998-01-01

62

Least squares estimation of main properties of sound absorbing materials through acoustical measurements  

Microsoft Academic Search

Acoustical treatments with porous materials are widely used to reduce reverberation properties of closed spaces and to increase the transmission loss properties of multilayered panels. The optimization in a broad frequency range of sound absorbing layers encapsulated in multilayered panels requires exact knowledge of the acoustical behavior of porous materials and cannot be made with usual global acoustical parameters valid

Claudio Braccesi; Andrea Bracciali

1998-01-01

63

Superhydrophobic silanized melamine sponges as high efficiency oil absorbent materials.  

PubMed

Superhydrophobic sponges and sponge-like materials have attracted great attention recently as potential sorbent materials for oil spill cleanup due to their excellent sorption capacity and high selectivity. A major challenge to their broad use is the fabrication of superhydrophobic sponges with superior recyclability, good mechanical strength, low cost, and manufacture scalability. In this study, we demonstrate a facile, cost-effective, and scalable method to fabricate robust, superhydrophobic sponges through the silanization of commercial melamine sponges via a solution-immersion process. The silanization was achieved through secondary amine groups on the surface of the sponge skeletons with alkylsilane compounds, forming self-assembled monolayers on the surface of sponge skeletons. This resulted in our ability to tune the surface properties of the sponges from being hydrophilic to superhydrophobic with a water contact angle of 151.0°. The superhydrophobic silanized melamine sponge exhibited excellent sorption capacity for a wide range of organic solvents and oils, from 82 to 163 times its own weight, depending on the polarity and density of the employed organic solvents and oils, and high selectivity and outstanding recyclability with an absorption capacity retention greater than 90% after 1000 cycles. These findings offer an effective approach for oil spill containment and environmental remediation. PMID:25039789

Pham, Viet Hung; Dickerson, James H

2014-08-27

64

Hot carrier solar cell absorbers: materials, mechanisms and nanostructures  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The hot carrier cell aims to extract the electrical energy from photo-generated carriers before they thermalize to the band edges. Hence it can potentially achieve a high current and a high voltage and hence very high efficiencies up to 65% under 1 sun and 86% under maximum concentration. To slow the rate of carrier thermalisation is very challenging, but modification of the phonon energies and the use of nanostructures are both promising ways to achieve some of the required slowing of carrier cooling. A number of materials and structures are being investigated with these properties and test structures are being fabricated. Initial measurements indicate slowed carrier cooling in III-Vs with large phonon band gaps and in multiple quantum wells. It is expected that soon proof of concept of hot carrier devices will pave the way for their development to fully functioning high efficiency solar cells.

Conibeer, Gavin; Shrestha, Santosh; Huang, Shujuan; Patterson, Robert; Xia, Hongze; Feng, Yu; Zhang, Pengfei; Gupta, Neeti; Tayebjee, Murad; Smyth, Suntrana; Liao, Yuanxun; Zhang, Zhilong; Chung, Simon; Lin, Shu; Wang, Pei; Dai, Xi

2014-10-01

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Absorber Materials for Transition-Edge Sensor X-ray Microcalorimeters  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Arrays of superconducting transition-edge sensors (TES) can provide high spatial and energy resolution necessary for x-ray astronomy. High quantum efficiency and uniformity of response can be achieved with a suitable absorber material, in which absorber x-ray stopping power, heat capacity, and thermal conductivity are relevant parameters. Here we compare these parameters for bismuth and gold. We have fabricated electroplated gold, electroplated gold/electroplated bismuth, and evaporated gold/evaporated bismuth 8x8 absorber arrays and find that a correlation exists between the residual resistance ratio (RRR) and thin film microstructure. This finding indicates that we can tailor absorber material conductivity via microstructure alteration, so as to permit absorber thermalization on timescales suitable for high energy resolution x-ray microcalorimetry. We show that by incorporating absorbers possessing large grain size, including electroplated gold and electroplated gold/electroplated bismuth, into our current Mo/Au TES, devices with tunable heat capacity and energy resolution of 2.3 eV (gold) and 2.1 eV (gold/bismuth) FWHM at 6 keV have been fabricated.

Brown, Ari-David; Bandler, Simon; Brekosky, Regis; Chervenak, James; Figueroa-Feliciano, Enectali; Finkbeiner, Fred; Sadleir, Jack; Iyomoto, Naoko; Kelley, Richard; Kilbourne, Caroline; Porter, F. Scott; Smith, Stephen; Saab, Tarek; Sadleir, Jac,

2007-01-01

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Efficient and broadband Terahertz plasmonic absorbers using highly doped Si as the plasmonic material  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The property of highly doped Si as the plasmonic material in the THz regime is analyzed, based on which the design of efficient and broadband Terahertz plasmonic absorbers is proposed and the performance of these absorbers is numerically investigated. Numerical results from the reflection spectra demonstrate that these structures exhibit high absorption in the terahertz frequencies with large bandwidth and high tunability. It is also shown that the same level of absorptivity and bandwidth can be achieved when the top layer of highly dopes Si stripes are replaced with regular metal materials e.g. copper, highly facilitating the fabrication and practical use of the proposed structure in real Terahertz applications.

Zhang, Yusheng; Han, Zhanghua

2015-01-01

67

Improving impact resistance of ceramic materials by energy absorbing surface layers  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Energy absorbing surface layers were used to improve the impact resistance of silicon nitride and silicon carbide ceramics. Low elastic modulus materials were used. In some cases, the low elastic modulus was achieved using materials that form localized microcracks as a result of thermal expansion anisotropy, thermal expansion differences between phases, or phase transformations. In other cases, semi-vitreous or vitreous materials were used. Substantial improvements in impact resistance were observed at room and elevated temperatures.

Kirchner, H. P.; Seretsky, J.

1974-01-01

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Development of a Weldable Neutron Absorbing Structural Material  

SciTech Connect

The National Spent Nuclear Fuel Program, located at the Idaho National Laboratory, coordinates and integrates national efforts in management and disposal of U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)-owned spent nuclear fuel. These management functions include development of standardized systems for packaging, storage, treatment, transport, and long-term disposal in the proposed Yucca Mountain Repository. Nuclear criticality control measures are needed in these systems to avoid restrictive fissile loading limits because of the enrichment and total quantity of fissile material in some types of the DOE spent nuclear fuel. This paper will outline the results to date of a metallurgical development program that is investigating the alloying of gadolinium into a nickel-chromium-molybdenum alloy matrix. Gadolinium has been chosen as the neutron absorption alloying element due to its high thermal neutron absorption cross section and low solubility in the expected repository environment. The nickel-chromium-molybdenum alloy family was chosen for its known corrosion performance, mechanical properties, and weldability. The workflow of this program includes chemical composition definition, primary melting and secondary refining studies, ingot conversion process evaluations, mechanical/physical properties and corrosion testing, welding studies, and national consensus codes, and standards work.

R. E. Mizia; W. L. Hurt; C. V. Robino; J. N. DuPont

2006-04-01

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Acoustic behavior of a fibrous bulk material. [Kevlar 29 sound absorber  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

A semiempirical model is presented describing the acoustic behavior of Kevlar 29, a bulk absorbing material. The model is based on an approximate solution to the one-dimensional equations representing conservation of fluctuating mass, momentum and energy. By treating the material as a momentum sink, theoretical expressions of the material complex propagation constants and characteristic impedance were derived in terms of a single constant. Evaluating the constant at a single frequency for a particular specimen, excellent agreement between prediction and measurement was achieved for a large range of sound frequencies and material porosities and thicknesses. Results show that Kevlar 29 absorbs sound efficiently even at low frequencies. This is explained in terms of a frequency dependent material phase speed.

Hersh, A. S.; Walker, B.

1979-01-01

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A novel technique for measuring the reflection coefficient of sound absorbing materials  

Microsoft Academic Search

A new method to measure the acoustic behaviour of sound absorbing material in an impedance tube is presented. The method makes use of a novel particle velocity sensor, the microflown, and a microphone. The so-called p·u method is compared to three other methods of which the two microphone technique is well known. It is shown that the combination of a

F. J. M. van der Eerden; J. W. van Honschoten

71

Measuring Bulk Properties of Sound-Absorbing Materials using the Two-Source Method  

E-print Network

noise. Normally, the sound absorption coefficient and surface impedance are used to characterize sound suitable in computational models of absorptive components like seats or thick sections of sound03NVC-200 Measuring Bulk Properties of Sound-Absorbing Materials using the Two-Source Method Z. Tao

Seybert, Andrew F.

72

Multisensor foot mechanism with shock absorbing material for dynamic biped walking adapting to unknown uneven surfaces  

Microsoft Academic Search

The authors introduce a multisensor foot mechanism with shock absorbing material and an adaptive biped walking control method to adapt to path surfaces with unknown shapes by utilizing the information of the landing surface, obtained by the foot mechanism. The new foot has three main functions: (1) a function to obtain the position relative to a landing surface and the

J. Yamaguchi; A. Takanishi

1996-01-01

73

Active noise suppression of smart panels including piezoelectric devices and absorbing materials  

Microsoft Academic Search

In this paper, noise reduction performance of piezoelectric smart panels is experimentally studied. Piezoelectric smart panel is comprised of plate structure on which piezoelectric sensor\\/actuators are bonded and sound absorbing materials. The concept of piezoelectric smart panels is to combine passive and active strategies such that the noise reduction can be effectively achieved over a broad frequency range. The noise

Jaehwan Kim; Byoung-Soo Im; Joongkuen Lee

2000-01-01

74

Porous Materials for Oil Spill Cleanup: A Review of Synthesis and Absorbing Properties  

Microsoft Academic Search

This paper reviews the synthesis and the absorbing properties of the wide variety of porous sorbent materials that have been studied for application in the removal of organics, particularly in the area of oil spill cleanup. The discussion is especially focused on hydrophobic silica aerogels, zeolites, organoclays and natural sorbents many of which have been demonstrated to exhibit (or show

M. O. Adebajo; R. L. Frost; J. T. Kloprogge; O. Carmody; S. Kokot

2003-01-01

75

Active noise suppression of smart panels including piezoelectric devices and absorbing materials  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

In this paper, noise reduction performance of piezoelectric smart panels is experimentally studied. Piezoelectric smart panel is comprised of plate structure on which piezoelectric sensor/actuators are bonded and sound absorbing materials. The concept of piezoelectric smart panels is to combine passive and active strategies such that the noise reduction can be effectively achieved over a broad frequency range. The noise reduction performance is tested on an acoustic tunnel. The tunnel is made of a guided tube having a square cross section and loud speaker is installed at one end as a sound source while nonreflection terminator is attached at the other end. The panels can be mounted in the middle of the tunnel and the transmission as well as reflection of panels can be measured. Noise reduction performance of a single plate with absorbing material shows a good result at mid frequency region but little effect in the resonance frequencies. When the active control scheme is activated, a remarkable noise reduction is observed at the resonance. The combined use of absorbing materials and piezoelectric active devices brings the simultaneous noise reduction in mid and low frequency regions. It can be concluded that piezoelectric smart panels incorporating passive absorbing material and active piezoelectric devices, is a promising technology for noise reduction in a wide band frequency.

Kim, Jaehwan; Im, Byoung-Soo; Lee, Joongkuen

2000-06-01

76

High-volume use of self-cementing spray dry absorber material for structural applications  

Microsoft Academic Search

Spray dry absorber (SDA) material, or spray dryer ash, is a byproduct of energy generation by coal combustion and sulfur emissions controls. Like any resource, it ought to be used to its fullest potential offsetting as many of the negative environmental impacts of coal combustion as possible throughout its lifecycle. Its cementitious and pozzolanic properties suggest it be used to

Charles E. Riley

2009-01-01

77

Comparison of silicon oxide and silicon carbide absorber materials in silicon thin-film solar cells  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Since solar energy conversion by photovoltaics is most efficient for photon energies at the bandgap of the absorbing material the idea of combining absorber layers with different bandgaps in a multijunction cell has become popular. In silicon thin-film photovoltaics a multijunction stack with more than two subcells requires a high bandgap amorphous silicon alloy top cell absorber to achieve an optimal bandgap combination. We address the question whether amorphous silicon carbide (a-SiC:H) or amorphous silicon oxide (a-SiO:H) is more suited for this type of top cell absorber. Our single cell results show a better performance of amorphous silicon carbide with respect to fill factor and especially open circuit voltage at equivalent Tauc bandgaps. The microstructure factor of single layers indicates less void structure in amorphous silicon carbide than in amorphous silicon oxide. Yet photoconductivity of silicon oxide films seems to be higher which could be explained by the material being not truly intrinsic. On the other hand better cell performance of amorphous silicon carbide absorber layers might be connected to better hole transport in the cell.

Walder, Cordula; Kellermann, Martin; Wendler, Elke; Rensberg, Jura; von Maydell, Karsten; Agert, Carsten

2015-02-01

78

Absorbent Material  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

A superabsorbent fabric developed by Johnson Space Center and described in Tech Briefs was adapted by Honeywell and fabricated into special containment devices used on Navy "smart" torpedos. The superabsorbent fabric can sequester up to 400 times its own weight in water and protects the torpedo electronic controls from possible short circuiting by deepwater hull seepage.

1985-01-01

79

An apparatus for accurate measurement of the acoustic impedance of sound-absorbing materials  

Microsoft Academic Search

This paper describes the principles and the construction of an apparatus for the precise measurement of the acoustic impedance, at normal incidence, of sound-absorbing materials by a stationary-wave method for frequencies in the range 100 to 5000 c\\/s. From measurements made on a sample of material 1fraction three-quarters inches in diameter, backed by a substantially rigid wall, the magnitudes of

R A Scott

1946-01-01

80

Realizing thin electromagnetic absorbers for wide incidence angles from commercially available planar circuit materials  

SciTech Connect

In this study, recent work on engineering R-card surface resistivity with printed metallic patterns is extended to the design of thin electromagnetic absorbers. Thin electromagnetic absorbers for wide incidence angles and both polarizations have recently been computationally verified by Luukkonen et al.. These absorbers are analytically modeled high-impedance surfaces with capacitive arrays of square patches implemented with relatively high dielectric constant and high loss substrate. However, the advantages provided by the accurate analytical model are largely negated by the need to obtain high dielectric constant material with accurately engineered loss. Fig. I(c) illustrates full-wave computational results for an absorber without vias engineered as proposed by Luukkonen et al.. Unique values for the dielectric loss are required for different center frequencies. Parameters for the capacitive grid are D=5.0 mm and w=O.l mm for a center frequency of 3.36 GHz. The relative permittivity and thickness is 9.20(1-j0.234) and 1=3.048 mm. Consider a center frequency of5.81 GHz and again 1=3.048 mm, the required parameters for the capacitive grid are D=2.0 mm and w=0.2 mm where the required relative permittivity is now 9.20(1-j0.371) Admittedly, engineered dielectrics are themselves a historically interesting and fruitful research area which benefits today from advances in monolithic fabrication using direct-write of dielectrics with nanometer scale inclusions. However, our objective in the present study is to realize the advantages of the absorber proposed by Luukkonen et al. without resort to engineered lossy dielectrics. Specifically we are restricted to commercially available planer circuit materials without use of in-house direct-write technology or materials engineering capability. The materials considered here are TMM 10 laminate with (35 {mu}lm copper cladding with a complex permittivity 9.20-j0.0022) and Ohmegaply resistor conductor material (maximum 250 {Omega}/sq.). A thin electromagnetic absorber for incidence angles greater than 30deg. but less than 60deg. and both polarizations is computationally demonstrated. This absorber utilizes high-permittivity, low-loss microwave substrate in conjunction with an engineered lossy sheet impedance. The lossy sheet impedance is easily engineered with simple analytical approximations and can be manufactured from commercially available laminate materials on microwave substrate.

Glover, Brian B [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Whites, Kieth W [SDSMT; Radway, Matthew J [CU-BOULDER

2009-01-01

81

Design and measurement of a thin and light absorbing material for space applications  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

This paper presents the design, realization and measurement of a thin lightweight absorbing material for space applications. Absorber design is based on high impedance surfaces loaded with resistors and known as a resistive high impedance surface (RHIS). The behavior of RHIS is analyzed at normal and oblique incidences for TE and TM polarizations. Prototypes have been realized and measured. Final design has a reflection coefficient less than 15 dB in S-Band (2-2.3 GHz) at normal incidence and till an angular dispersion of 40 for waves in TE polarization, and 35 for waves in TM polarization. Simulation results are validated by measurement.

Pinto, Yenny; Sarrazin, Julien; Lepage, Anne Claire; Begaud, Xavier; Capet, Nicolas

2014-05-01

82

Broadband transmission noise reduction of smart panels featuring piezoelectric shunt circuits and sound-absorbing material  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The possibility of a broadband noise reduction of piezoelectric smart panels is experimentally studied. A piezoelectric smart panel is basically a plate structure on which piezoelectric patches with electrical shunt circuits are mounted and sound-absorbing material is bonded on the surface of the structure. Sound-absorbing material can absorb the sound transmitted at the midfrequency region effectively while the use of piezoelectric shunt damping can reduce the transmission at resonance frequencies of the panel structure. To be able to reduce the sound transmission at low panel resonance frequencies, piezoelectric damping using the measured electrical impedance model is adopted. A resonant shunt circuit for piezoelectric shunt damping is composed of resistor and inductor in series, and they are determined by maximizing the dissipated energy through the circuit. The transmitted noise-reduction performance of smart panels is tested in an acoustic tunnel. The tunnel is a square cross-sectional tube and a loudspeaker is mounted at one side of the tube as a sound source. Panels are mounted in the middle of the tunnel and the transmitted sound pressure across panels is measured. When an absorbing material is bonded on a single plate, a remarkable transmitted noise reduction in the midfrequency region is observed except for the fundamental resonance frequency of the plate. By enabling the piezoelectric shunt damping, noise reduction is achieved at the resonance frequency as well. Piezoelectric smart panels incorporating passive absorbing material and piezoelectric shunt damping is a promising technology for noise reduction over a broadband of frequencies. copyright 2002 Acoustical Society of America.

Kim, Jaehwan; Lee, Joong-Kuen

2002-09-01

83

Layout of Sound Absorbing Materials in 3D Rooms Using Damping Contributions with Eigenvectors as Weight Coefficients  

Microsoft Academic Search

In this study, we estimate an efficient layout of sound absorbing materials in three-dimensional spaces. For this purpose, we use damping contributions with eigenvectors as weight coefficients. Three-dimensional finite Elements of absorbing materials are modeled using a complex effective density and a complex bulk modulus of elasticity. By expanding the solution of complex eigenvalue problem with a small parameter related

Takao Yamaguchi; Junichi Tsugawa; Hideki Enomoto; Yoshio Kurosawa

2010-01-01

84

Mars: electric properties of clay materials in martian-like conditions to refine radar investigation.  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The orbital radar instruments are giving new opportunities for planetary geological investigation regarding subsurface layering and geometry. Sedimentary deposits of paleolacustrine environments on Mars have shown the presence of various clay minerals . These clay deposits are very important in planetary exploration because they are strictly linked to the presence of water and to the capability of the analyzed environment to develop life and, as a consequence, to preserve fossilized life marker. The subsurface stratigraphy and geometry of sedimentary deposits on Mars are investigated by two orbiting radar instruments (SHARAD and MARSIS) and in the next future another radar instrument, a landing one, will be send on Mars (WISDOM). For small grain size sediments, like clay minerals, the dielectric properties have a strong impact on the penetration depth of the radar signal. We studied the correct evaluation of these properties and their correlation with chemical and mineralogical phases. The focus of this research is on the dielectric properties of natural clayey materials at different frequencies and temperature, evaluating the correlation among water content , temperature and electric properties. Several natural clayey material samples, considered as analogues to the Martian ones, have been collected from different geological settings in Italy and we analyzed their water content, mineralogical assemblage and chemical content and the correlation with the permittivity at different frequencies and temperatures using the Network Analyzer technique. We also changed the water content of the samples, and using the SHARAD, MARSIS and WISDOM operating frequencies, we measured the variation of permittivity and electric properties in the thermal range of 180 K to 298 K. The goal of the study is to refine the sounding depths of the radar investigation on Mars, exploring the possibility to identify clayey sedimentary layers analyzing the differences between the electric properties of these loose materials and the surrounding rock ones.

Colantuono, Luca; Baliva, Antonio; Lauro, Sebastian; Mattei, Elisabetta; Marinangeli, Lucia; Pettinelli, Elena; Seu, Roberto

2014-05-01

85

Surface wave sensors based on nanometric layers of strongly absorbing materials.  

PubMed

We demonstrate the excitation of guided modes in thin layers of strongly absorbing chalcogenide glasses. These modes are similar to surface plasmon polaritons in terms of resonance width and shift with changes in the permittivity of the surrounding medium. We exploit these characteristics to demonstrate a high sensitivity chalcogenide glass refractive index sensor that outperforms gold surface plasmon resonance sensors at short wavelengths in the visible. This demonstration opens a new range of possibilities for sensing using different materials. PMID:22535033

Zhang, Yichen; Arnold, Christophe; Offermans, Peter; Gómez Rivas, Jaime

2012-04-23

86

Decontamination of skin exposed to nanocarriers using an absorbent textile material and PEG-12 dimethicone  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The removal of noxious particulate contaminants such as pollutants derived from particle-to-gas conversions from exposed skin is essential to avoid the permeation of potentially harmful substances into deeper skin layers via the stratum corneum or the skin appendages and their dispersion throughout the circulatory system. This study is aimed at evaluating the efficacy of using the silicone glycol polymer PEG-12 dimethicone and an absorbent textile material to remove fluorescing hydroxyethyl starch nanocapsules implemented as model contaminants from exposed porcine ear skin. Using laser scanning microscopy, it could be shown that while the application and subsequent removal of the absorbent textile material alone did not result in sufficient decontamination, the combined application with PEG-12 dimethicone almost completely eliminated the nanocapsules from the surface of the skin. By acting as a wetting agent, PEG-12 dimethicone enabled the transfer of the nanocapsules into a liquid phase which was taken up by the absorbent textile material. Only traces of fluorescence remained detectable in several skin furrows and follicular orifices, suggesting that the repeated implementation of the procedure may be necessary to achieve total skin surface decontamination.

Lademann, J.; Richter, H.; Baier, G.; Landfester, K.; Frazier, L.; Gefeller, H.; Wunderlich, U.; Gross, I.; Rühl, E.; Knorr, F.

2014-11-01

87

Optical response of strongly absorbing inhomogeneous materials: Application to paper degradation  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

In this paper, we present a new noninvasive and nondestructive approach to recover scattering and absorption coefficients from reflectance measurements of highly absorbing and optically inhomogeneous media. Our approach is based on the Yang and Miklavcic theoretical model of light propagation through turbid media, which is a generalization of the Kubelka-Munk theory, extended to accommodate optically thick samples. We show its applications to paper, a material primarily composed of a web of fibers of cellulose, whose optical properties are strongly governed by light scattering effects. Samples studied were ancient and industrial paper sheets, aged in different conditions and highly absorbing in the ultraviolet region. The recovered experimental absorptions of cellulose fibers have been compared to theoretical ab initio quantum-mechanical computational simulations carried out within time-dependent density functional theory. In this way, for each sample, we evaluate the absolute concentration of different kinds of oxidized groups formed upon aging and acting as chromophores causing paper discoloration. We found that the relative concentration of different chromophores in cellulose fibers depends on the aging temperature endured by samples. This clearly indicates that the oxidation of cellulose follows temperature-dependent reaction pathways. Our approach has a wide range of applications for cellulose-based materials, like paper, textiles, and other manufactured products of great industrial and cultural interest, and can potentially be extended to other strongly absorbing inhomogeneous materials.

Missori, M.; Pulci, O.; Teodonio, L.; Violante, C.; Kupchak, I.; Bagniuk, J.; ?ojewska, J.; Conte, A. Mosca

2014-02-01

88

Absorbing properties and structural design of microwave absorbers based on carbonyl iron and barium ferrite  

Microsoft Academic Search

Carbonyl iron and barium ferrite powder (BaZn1.5Co0.5Fe16O27) were prepared in this work. The complex permittivity and permeability spectra for rubber radar absorbing materials employing carbonyl iron and barium ferrite powders were measured. A database describing the frequency dependence of the permittivities and permeabilities of the carbonyl iron and barium ferrite microwave absorbers with various powder percentage compositions in 2–18GHz was

Y. B. Feng; T. Qiu; C. Y. Shen

2007-01-01

89

Absorbing properties and structural design of microwave absorbers based on carbonyl iron and barium ferrite  

Microsoft Academic Search

Carbonyl iron and barium ferrite powder (BaZn1.5Co0.5Fe16O27) were prepared in this work. The complex permittivity and permeability spectra for rubber radar absorbing materials employing carbonyl iron and barium ferrite powders were measured. A database describing the frequency dependence of the permittivities and permeabilities of the carbonyl iron and barium ferrite microwave absorbers with various powder percentage compositions in 2 18

Y. B. Feng; T. Qiu; C. Y. Shen

2007-01-01

90

Measurement of the absorption coefficient of sound absorbing materials under a synthesized diffuse acoustic field.  

PubMed

This letter proposes an experimental method to estimate the absorption coefficient of sound absorbing materials under a synthesized diffuse acoustic field in free-field conditions. Comparisons are made between experiments conducted with this approach, the standard reverberant room method, and numerical simulations using the transfer matrix method. With a simple experimental setup and smaller samples than those required by standards, the results obtained with the proposed approach do not exhibit non-physical trends of the reverberant room method and provide absorption coefficients in good agreement with those obtained by simulations for a laterally infinite material. PMID:24993232

Robin, Olivier; Berry, Alain; Doutres, Olivier; Atalla, Noureddine

2014-07-01

91

Dependence of acoustic properties of sound absorbing fibrous materials on their structure  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The performance of sound absorbing structures is characterized by two acoustic parameters: the dimensionless wave impedance (referred to the wave impedance of air) and the propagation constant. Both parameters can be defined as complex quantities whose real and imaginary parts were evaluated for various materials. On the basis of experimental data, semiempirical relations were established describing these parameters as functions of the density and of the fiber thickness, in the case of fibrous materials, as well as their frequency characteristics. The results given in pertain to fiberglass, mineral cotton wool, and nylon fiber.

Voronina, N. N.

1984-07-01

92

Efficiency of neutron-absorbing materials on the basis of cadmium  

SciTech Connect

Measurements for the absorption efficiency of the following cadmium-containing neutron absorber compositions are reported: CdO-ZrO/sub 2/, CdO-CaO, CdS-SiC, and CdS-B/sub 4/C. The efficiency of the materials in tablet form was measured with the uranium-graphite F-1 reactor and in the critical water-water Mayak assembly in the I.V. Kurchatov Institute of Atomic Energy. The efficiency of the cadmium-containing compositions in the F-1 reactor was measured by reactivity compensation. Neutron absorption probability in dependence on the optical thickness of the absorber was calculated using a Wigner approximation.

Kokaya, M.V.; Kervalishvili, P.D.; Kalandadze, G.I.

1988-04-01

93

Method and apparatus for determining the content and distribution of a thermal neutron absorbing material in an object  

DOEpatents

The disclosure is directed to an apparatus and method for determining the content and distribution of a thermal neutron absorbing material within an object. Neutrons having an energy higher than thermal neutrons are generated and thermalized. The thermal neutrons are detected and counted. The object is placed between the neutron generator and the neutron detector. The reduction in the neutron flux corresponds to the amount of thermal neutron absorbing material in the object. The object is advanced past the neutron generator and neutron detector to obtain neutron flux data for each segment of the object. The object may comprise a space reactor heat pipe and the thermal neutron absorbing material may comprise lithium.

Crane, Thomas W. (Los Alamos, NM)

1986-01-01

94

Method and apparatus for determining the content and distribution of a thermal neutron absorbing material in an object  

DOEpatents

The disclosure is directed to an apparatus and method for determining the content and distribution of a thermal neutron absorbing material within an object. Neutrons having an energy higher than thermal neutrons are generated and thermalized. The thermal neutrons are detected and counted. The object is placed between the neutron generator and the neutron detector. The reduction in the neutron flux corresponds to the amount of thermal neutron absorbing material in the object. The object is advanced past the neutron generator and neutron detector to obtain neutron flux data for each segment of the object. The object may comprise a space reactor heat pipe and the thermal neutron absorbing material may comprise lithium.

Crane, T.W.

1983-12-21

95

Aging behavior of polymeric solar absorber materials: Aging on the component level  

SciTech Connect

Within this study, the aging behavior of a PPE + PS absorber material was investigated on the absorber component level. To indicate aging, characteristic mechanical values were determined by indentation tests of specimens taken from components and exposed to laboratory aging (140 C in air, 80 C in water) and service near outdoor aging conditions (stagnation in northern climate). In addition to the mechanical tests, the unaged and aged specimens were also characterized thermo-analytically via differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The results indicate that reductions in both characteristic mechanical values of the indentation tests, i.e., load of the first transition and ultimate indentation, reflect at least some physical aging although chemical aging may also be of importance based on previous analytical investigations of laboratory aged polymer films. While laboratory aging in air at 140 C and service exposure at a test facility in Oslo (N) under stagnation conditions led to a significant reduction in the mechanical indentation resistance, no influence of laboratory aging in water at 80 C on the mechanical behavior of the absorber sheet was found. Depending on the ultimate failure criterion applied (reduction of characteristic mechanical values to 80% and 50%, respectively), the technical service life found for hot air laboratory and stagnation service conditions was found to be less than 51 and 159 h, respectively. As these durations are significantly below the estimated stagnation conditions accumulated in the desired operation lifetime for such a collector, the PPE + PS type investigated does not seem to be a proper material candidate for solar thermal absorbers. Finally, based on the results obtained, a relation between laboratory aging time in air at 140 C and cumulated irradiation energy during exposure on the test facility in Oslo was established. (author)

Kahlen, S. [Polymer Competence Center Leoben GmbH, Roseggerstrasse 12, A-8700 Leoben (Austria); Wallner, G.M.; Lang, R.W. [Institute for Polymeric Materials and Testing, University of Linz, Altenbergerstrasse 69, A-4040 Linz (Austria); Meir, M.; Rekstad, J. [Department of Physics, University of Oslo, P.O. Box 1048, Blindern, N-0316 Oslo (Norway)

2010-03-15

96

Absorb & Repel  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

In this activity, learners investigate how different materials repel or absorb water. Learners use spray bottles to explore how everyday items like sponges, cardboard, feathers, etc. respond to water differently. This activity also introduces learners to the scientific method as learners make predictions about which materials will absorb or repel water.

Kohl Children's Museum

2012-01-01

97

Nanostructured thin film-based near-infrared tunable perfect absorber using phase-change material  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Nanostructured thin film absorbers embedded with phase-change thermochromic material can provide a large level of absorption tunability in the near-infrared region. Vanadium dioxide was employed as the phase-change material in the designed structures. The optical absorption properties of the designed structures with respect to the geometric and material parameters were systematically investigated using finite-difference time-domain computations. Absorption level of the resonance wavelength in the near-IR region was tuned from the perfect absorption level to a low level (17%) with a high positive dynamic range of near-infrared absorption intensity tunability (83%). Due to the phase transition of vanadium dioxide, the resonance at the near-infrared region is being turned on and turned off actively and reversibly under the thermal bias, thereby rendering these nanostructures suitable for infrared camouflage, emitters, and sensors.

Kocer, Hasan

2015-01-01

98

Aging behavior of polymeric solar absorber materials - Part 2: Commodity plastics  

SciTech Connect

In this series of two papers, various polymeric materials are investigated as to their potential applicability as absorber materials for solar thermal collectors. While Part 1 of this paper series deals with the aging behavior of engineering plastics, including two amorphous polymers (PPE + PS) and (PC) and two semi-crystalline polymers (two types of PA12), the present Part 2 treats the aging behavior of semi-crystalline so-called ''commodity'' plastics (two types of crosslinked polyethylene (PE-X) and two types of polypropylene (PP)). As in Part 1, the focus of the investigation is to study the aging behavior of these materials under maximum operating conditions (80 C in water up to 16,000 h) and stagnation conditions (140 C in air up to 500 h) typical for northern climate. The materials supplied or produced as polymer films were first characterized in the unaged state and then for different states of aging by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), by size exclusion chromatography (SEC) and by mechanical tensile tests. DSC was applied primarily to obtain information on physical aging phenomena, whereas SEC analysis was used to characterize chemical degradation of the materials. In addition, physical and chemical aging were both analyzed via the small and large strain mechanical behavior. Comparing the two aging conditions in hot air and hot water, a rather stable mechanical performance profile was found for both PP types over the investigated aging time, which was interpreted in terms of competing physical and chemical aging mechanisms. Analogously such competing mechanisms were also inferred for one of the PE-X materials, while the other exhibited substantial degradation in terms of strain-to-break values for both aging conditions. In principle, both PP and PE-X are promising candidates for black absorber applications in northern climates if proper measures against overheating are taken and when adequately modified. (author)

Kahlen, S. [Polymer Competence Center Leoben GmbH, Roseggerstrasse 12, Leoben 8700 (Austria); Wallner, G.M.; Lang, R.W. [Institute for Polymeric Materials and Testing, University of Linz, Altenbergerstrasse 69, Linz 4040 (Austria)

2010-09-15

99

Development of thermal insulating and sound absorbing agro-sourced materials from auto linked flax-tows  

Microsoft Academic Search

The aim of this paper is to develop a green composite using only flax fiber material for thermal insulations and sound absorbing using flax-tows and thus enhance the less noble part of the flax plant. The Lin-K process is a simple patented manufacturing process used to develop these self-linked materials. Thermal conductivity, absorbing acoustic coefficient, hydric properties and the effect

Nemr El Hajj; Brice Mboumba-Mamboundou; Rose-Marie Dheilly; Zoheir Aboura; Malek Benzeggagh; Michèle Queneudec

2011-01-01

100

Aging behavior of polymeric solar absorber materials - Part 1: Engineering plastics  

SciTech Connect

In this series of two papers, various polymeric materials are investigated as to their potential applicability as absorber materials for solar thermal collectors. The focus of the investigation is to study the aging behavior of these materials under maximum operating conditions (80 C in water up to 16,000 h) and stagnation conditions (140 C in air up to 500 h) typical for northern climate. The materials supplied or produced as polymer films were first characterized in the unaged state and then for different states of aging by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), by size exclusion chromatography (SEC) and by mechanical tensile tests. Physical aging phenomena were studied by DSC, SEC analysis provided information on chemical degradation of the materials. In addition, physical and chemical aging were both analyzed via the small and large strain mechanical behavior. While the present Part 1 of this paper series deals with the aging behavior of engineering plastics, including two amorphous polymers (a polyphenylene ether polystyrene blend (PPE + PS) and polycarbonate (PC)) and two semi-crystalline polymers (two types of polyamide 12 (PA12)), the aging behavior of so-called ''commodity'' plastics (PE and PP) is the subject of Part 2. Comparing the two aging conditions, the amorphous materials (PPE + PS and PC) turned out to be more prone to physical and chemical aging at 140 C in air. In contrast, the semi-crystalline PA12 materials were more strongly affected by exposure to water at 80 C, although to different degrees, depending on the modification. (author)

Kahlen, S. [Polymer Competence Center Leoben GmbH, Roseggerstrasse 12, Leoben 8700 (Austria); Wallner, G.M.; Lang, R.W. [Institute for Polymeric Materials and Testing, University of Linz, Altenbergerstrasse 69, Linz 4040 (Austria)

2010-09-15

101

Scientists Identify New Quaternary Materials for Solar Cell Absorbers (Fact Sheet), NREL Highlights, Science  

SciTech Connect

Research provides insight for exploring use of earth-abundant quaternary semiconductors for large-scale solar cell applications. For large-scale solar electricity generation, it is critical to find new material that is Earth abundant and easily manufactured. Previous experimental studies suggest that Cu{sub 2}ZnSnS{sub 4} could be a strong candidate absorber materials for large-scale thin-film solar cells due to its optimal bandgap, high adsorption coefficient, and ease of synthesis. However, due to the complicated nature of the quaternary compound, it is unclear whether other quaternary compounds have physical properties suitable for solar cell application. Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Fudan University, and University College London have performed systematic searches of quaternary semiconductors using a sequential cation mutation method in which the material properties of the quaternary compounds can be derived and understood through the evolution from the binary, to ternary, and to quaternary compounds. The searches revealed that in addition to Cu{sub 2}ZnSnS{sub 4}, Cu{sub 2}ZnGeSe{sub 4} and Cu{sub 2}ZnSnSe{sub 4} are also suitable quaternary materials for solar cell absorbers. Through the extensive study of defect and alloy properties of these materials, the researchers propose that to maximize solar cell performance, growth of Cu{sub 2}ZnSnS{sub 4} under Cu-poor/Zn-rich conditions will be optimal and the formation of Cu{sub 2}ZnSn(S,Se){sub 4} alloy will be beneficial in improving solar cell performance.

Not Available

2011-10-01

102

High-volume use of self-cementing spray dry absorber material for structural applications  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Spray dry absorber (SDA) material, or spray dryer ash, is a byproduct of energy generation by coal combustion and sulfur emissions controls. Like any resource, it ought to be used to its fullest potential offsetting as many of the negative environmental impacts of coal combustion as possible throughout its lifecycle. Its cementitious and pozzolanic properties suggest it be used to augment or replace another energy and emissions intensive product: Portland cement. There is excellent potential for spray dryer ash to be used beneficially in structural applications, which will offset CO2 emissions due to Portland cement production, divert landfill waste by further utilizing a plentiful coal combustion by-product, and create more durable and sustainable structures. The research into beneficial use applications for SDA material is relatively undeveloped and the material is highly underutilized. This dissertation explored a specific self-cementing spray dryer ash for use as a binder in structural materials. Strength and stiffness properties of hydrated spray dryer ash mortars were improved by chemical activation with Portland cement and reinforcement with polymer fibers from automobile tire recycling. Portland cement at additions of five percent of the cementitious material was found to function effectively as an activating agent for spray dryer ash and had a significant impact on the hardened properties. The recycled polymer fibers improved the ductility and toughness of the material in all cases and increased the compressive strength of weak matrix materials like the pure hydrated ash. The resulting hardened materials exhibited useful properties that were sufficient to suggest that they be used in structural applications such as concrete, masonry block, or as a hydraulic cement binder. While the long-term performance characteristics remain to be investigated, from an embodied-energy and carbon emissions standpoint the material investigated here is far superior to Portland cement.

Riley, Charles E.

103

Measurements of the light-absorbing material inside cloud droplets and its effect on cloud albedo  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Most of the measurements of light-absorbing aerosol particles made previously have been in non-cloudy air and therefore provide no insight into aerosol effects on cloud properties. Here, researchers describe an experiment designed to measure light absorption exclusively due to substances inside cloud droplets, compare the results to related light absorption measurements, and evaluate possible effects on the albedo of clouds. The results of this study validate those of Twomey and Cocks and show that the measured levels of light-absorbing material are negligible for the radiative properties of realistic clouds. For the measured clouds, which appear to have been moderately polluted, the amount of elemental carbon (EC) present was insufficient to affect albedo. Much higher contaminant levels or much larger droplets than those measured would be necessary to significantly alter the radiative properties. The effect of the concentrations of EC actually measured on the albedo of snow, however, would be much more pronounced since, in contrast to clouds, snowpacks are usually optically semi-infinite and have large particle sizes.

Twohy, C. H.; Clarke, A. D.; Warren, Stephen G.; Radke, L. F.; Charleson, R. J.

1990-01-01

104

Perovskite oxides for visible-light-absorbing ferroelectric and photovoltaic materials  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Ferroelectrics have recently attracted attention as a candidate class of materials for use in photovoltaic devices, and for the coupling of light absorption with other functional properties. In these materials, the strong inversion symmetry breaking that is due to spontaneous electric polarization promotes the desirable separation of photo-excited carriers and allows voltages higher than the bandgap, which may enable efficiencies beyond the maximum possible in a conventional p-n junction solar cell. Ferroelectric oxides are also stable in a wide range of mechanical, chemical and thermal conditions and can be fabricated using low-cost methods such as sol-gel thin-film deposition and sputtering. Recent work has shown how a decrease in ferroelectric layer thickness and judicious engineering of domain structures and ferroelectric-electrode interfaces can greatly increase the current harvested from ferroelectric absorber materials, increasing the power conversion efficiency from about 10-4 to about 0.5 per cent. Further improvements in photovoltaic efficiency have been inhibited by the wide bandgaps (2.7-4electronvolts) of ferroelectric oxides, which allow the use of only 8-20 per cent of the solar spectrum. Here we describe a family of single-phase solid oxide solutions made from low-cost and non-toxic elements using conventional solid-state methods: [KNbO3]1-x[BaNi1/2Nb1/2O3-?]x (KBNNO). These oxides exhibit both ferroelectricity and a wide variation of direct bandgaps in the range 1.1-3.8electronvolts. In particular, the x = 0.1 composition is polar at room temperature, has a direct bandgap of 1.39electronvolts and has a photocurrent density approximately 50 times larger than that of the classic ferroelectric (Pb,La)(Zr,Ti)O3 material. The ability of KBNNO to absorb three to six times more solar energy than the current ferroelectric materials suggests a route to viable ferroelectric semiconductor-based cells for solar energy conversion and other applications.

Grinberg, Ilya; West, D. Vincent; Torres, Maria; Gou, Gaoyang; Stein, David M.; Wu, Liyan; Chen, Guannan; Gallo, Eric M.; Akbashev, Andrew R.; Davies, Peter K.; Spanier, Jonathan E.; Rappe, Andrew M.

2013-11-01

105

Realizing thin electromagnetic absorbers for wide incidence angles from commercially available planar circuit materials  

Microsoft Academic Search

In this study, recent work on engineering R-card surface resistivity with printed metallic patterns is extended to the design of thin electromagnetic absorbers. Thin electromagnetic absorbers for wide incidence angles and both polarizations have recently been computationally verified by Luukkonen et al.. These absorbers are analytically modeled high-impedance surfaces with capacitive arrays of square patches implemented with relatively high dielectric

Brian B Glover; Kieth W Whites; Matthew J Radway

2009-01-01

106

[A new embolic material: super absorbent polymer (SAP) microsphere and its embolic effects].  

PubMed

SAP-Microsphere (sodium acrylic acid-vinyl alcohol copolymer) has the ability to absorb fluids within a few minutes and increase its diameter. Its diameter can also be calibrated. The diameters in ionic contrast material and human serum are 2.1 and 3.5 times larger, respectively, than the original size. It can pass through a microcatheter with an ionic contrast material, and swells at the occluding point into the desired size. It can be recognized under fluoroscopy due to its absorption of contrast material. A total of 10 rabbit kidney embolizations were done followed by resection in 1-14 weeks. Recanalization was absent in all cases. No adhesion to the perirenal tissue was found. Limited reactive change in endothelial cells was found at one week. No changes in the smooth muscle layer were found at any time during the study. Limited infiltration of neutrophil cells was found in perivascular tissue within a period of one week. SAP-Microspheres maintained their spherical shape during a 14-week period. Extensive fibrosis and calcification were found after 4 weeks. SAP-Microspheres are promising as an embolic agent to obtain satisfactory results of embolization therapy. PMID:8857094

Jiaqi, Y; Hori, S; Minamitani, K; Hashimoto, T; Yoshimura, H; Nomura, N; Ishida, T; Fukuda, H; Tomoda, K; Nakamura, H

1996-01-01

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A comparison of the shock-absorbing properties of cervical disc prosthesis bearing materials  

PubMed Central

Background Data Cervical arthroplasty offers theoretical advantages over traditional spinal fusion, including elimination of adjacent segment disease and elimination of the risk of pseudoarthrosis formation. Initial studies of cervical arthroplasty have shown promising results, however, the ideal design characteristics for disc replacement constructs have not been determined. The current study seeks to quantify the differences in the shock absorption characteristics of three commonly used materials in cervical disc arthroplasty. Methods Three different nucleus materials, polyurethane (PU), polyethylene (PE) and a titanium-alloy (Ti) were tested in a humidity- and temperature-controlled chamber. Ten of each nucleus type underwent three separate mechanical testing protocols to measure 1) dynamic stiffness, 2) quasi-static stiffness, 3) energy absorption, and 4) energy dissipation. The results were compared using analysis of variance. Results PU had the lowest mean dynamic stiffness (435 ± 13 N/mm, P < .0001) and highest energy absorption (19.4 ± 0.1 N/mm, P < .0001) of all three nucleus materials tested. PU was found to have significantly higher energy dissipation (viscous damping ratio 0.017 ± 0,001, P < .0001) than the PE or TI nuclei. PU had the lowest quasi-static stiffness (598 ± 23 N/mm, P < .0001) of the nucleus materials tested. A biphasic response curve was observed for all of the PU nuclei tests. Conclusions Polyurethane absorbs and dissipates more energy and is less stiff than either polyethylene or titanium. Level of Evidence Basic Science/Biomechanical Study. Clinical Relevance This study characterizes important differences in biomechanical properties of materials that are currently being used for different cervical disc prostheses.

Dahl, Michael C.; Jacobsen, Stephen; Metcalf, Newton; Sasso, Rick; Ching, Randal P.

2011-01-01

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PROGRESS REPORT. MATERIAL PROPERTY ESTIMATION FOR DIRECT DETECTION OF DNAPL USING INTEGRATED GROUND-PENETRATING RADAR VELOCITY, IMAGING AND ATTRIBUTE ANALYSIS  

EPA Science Inventory

The focus of our work is direct detection of DNAPLs, specifically chlorinated solvents, via material property estimation from surface ground-penetrating radar (GPR) data. We combine sophisticated GPR processing methodology with quantitative attribute analysis and material propert...

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ANNUAL REPORT. MATERIAL PROPERTY ESTIMATION FOR DIRECT DETECTION OF DNAPL USING INTEGRATED GROUND-PENETRATING RADAR VELOCITY, IMAGING, AND ATTRIBUTE ANALYSIS  

EPA Science Inventory

The focus of our work is direct detection of DNAPLs, specifically chlorinated solvents, via material property estimation from surface ground-penetrating radar (GPR) data. We combine sophisticated GPR processing methodology with quantitative attribute analysis and material propert...

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Evaluation of the acoustic and non-acoustic properties of sound absorbing materials using a three-microphone impedance tube  

E-print Network

This paper presents a straightforward application of an indirect method based on a three-microphone impedance tube setup to determine the non-acoustic properties of a sound absorbing porous material. First, a three-microphone impedance tube technique is used to measure some acoustic properties of the material (i.e., sound absorption coefficient, sound transmission loss, effective density and effective bulk modulus) regarded here as an equivalent fluid. Second, an indirect characterization allows one to extract its non-acoustic properties (i.e., static airflow resistivity, tortuosity, viscous and thermal characteristic lengths) from the measured effective properties and the material open porosity. The procedure is applied to four different sound absorbing materials and results of the characterization are compared with existing direct and inverse methods. Predictions of the acoustic behavior using an equivalent fluid model and the found non-acoustic properties are in good agreement with impedance tube measureme...

Doutres, Olivier; Atalla, Noureddine; Panneton, Raymond; 10.1016/j.apacoust.2010.01.007

2010-01-01

111

Evaluation of the acoustic and non-acoustic properties of sound absorbing materials using a three-microphone impedance tube  

Microsoft Academic Search

This paper presents a straightforward application of an indirect method based on a three-microphone impedance tube setup to determine the non-acoustic properties of a sound absorbing porous material. First, a three-microphone impedance tube technique is used to measure some acoustic properties of the material (i.e., sound absorption coefficient, sound transmission loss, effective density and effective bulk modulus) regarded here as

Olivier Doutres; Yacoubou Salissou; Noureddine Atalla; Raymond Panneton

2010-01-01

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[Simultaneous determination of migration amounts of antioxidants and ultraviolet absorbents by high performance liquid chromatography in food contact materials].  

PubMed

An efficient analytical method for the quantitative determination of migration levels of antioxidants and ultraviolet absorbents in food contact materials by high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) has been developed. The analytical method showed good linearity with the correlation coefficients (r2) > or = 0.999 8 for all the compounds. The limits of detection were between 0.01 mg/L and 0.22 mg/L and the limits of quantification were in the range of 0.03 to 0.85 mg/L for the 23 analytes. According to the European Union Directive No 10/2011, five food simulants were investigated: 30 g/L acetic acid, 10% (v/v) ethanol, 20% (v/v) ethanol, 50% (v/v) ethanol, and fatty food simulant (isooctane). The recoveries were in the range of 92.8%-117.7%, with the relative standard deviations of 0.95%-9.72%. The effects of different experimental conditions on the recoveries of antioxidants and UV absorbents were studied. The results showed that the method is accurate and stable, and can meet the requirements of European Commission Regulation (EU) No 10/2011 and GB 9685-2008 for the specific migration limits (SML) of the antioxidants and ultraviolet absorbents in real food contact plastic materials and article samples. The method has been applied to determine the migration levels of antioxidants and ultraviolet absorbents in different simulants from the migration tests of 30 batches of food contact material samples. PMID:25269260

Li, Chengfa; Li, Ying; Chen, Zhinan; Liang, Feng; Chen, Xuhui; Wu, Shaojing; Li, Yongtao; Sun, Xiaoying

2014-06-01

113

Standard specification for boron-Based neutron absorbing material systems for use in nuclear spent fuel storage racks  

E-print Network

1.1 This specification defines criteria for boron-based neutron absorbing material systems used in racks in a pool environment for storage of nuclear light water reactor (LWR) spent-fuel assemblies or disassembled components to maintain sub-criticality in the storage rack system. 1.2 Boron-based neutron absorbing material systems normally consist of metallic boron or a chemical compound containing boron (for example, boron carbide, B4C) supported by a matrix of aluminum, steel, or other materials. 1.3 In a boron-based absorber, neutron absorption occurs primarily by the boron-10 isotope that is present in natural boron to the extent of 18.3 ± 0.2 % by weight (depending upon the geological origin of the boron). Boron, enriched in boron-10 could also be used. 1.4 The materials systems described herein shall be functional – that is always be capable to maintain a B10 areal density such that subcriticality Keff <0.95 or Keff <0.98 or Keff < 1.0 depending on the design specification for the service...

American Society for Testing and Materials. Philadelphia

2011-01-01

114

Radar electronic warfare  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

An overview of radar and electronic warfare is given. Definitions, common terms, and principles of radar and electronic warfare, and simple analyses of interactions between radar systems and electronic countermeasures (ECM) are presented. Electronic counter-countermeasure and electronic support measures are discussed. Background material in mathematics, electromagnetics, and probability necessary for an understanding of radar and electronic warfare is given and radar tracking models are examined. The effects of various ECM emissions on radar systems are analyzed, including discussion of active ECM and angle scanning systems, angle measurement in monopulse, and automatic gain control.

Golden, August, Jr.

115

Ground penetrating radar antenna system analysis for prediction of earth material properties  

USGS Publications Warehouse

The electrical properties of the ground directly beneath a ground penetrating radar (GPR) antenna very close to the earth's surface (ground-coupled) must be known in order to predict the antenna response. In order to investigate changing antenna response with varying ground properties, a series of finite difference time domain (FDTD) simulations were made for a bi-static (fixed horizontal offset between transmitting and receiving antennas) antenna array over a homogeneous ground. We examine the viability of using an inversion algorithm based on the simulated received waveforms to estimate the material properties of the earth near the antennas. Our analysis shows that, for a constant antenna height above the earth, the amplitude of certain frequencies in the received signal can be used to invert for the permittivity and conductivity of the ground. Once the antenna response is known, then the wave field near the antenna can be determined and sharper images of the subsurface near the antenna can be made. ?? 2005 IEEE.

Oden, C.P.; Wright, D.L.; Powers, M.H.; Olhoeft, G.

2005-01-01

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The use of slow waves to design simple sound absorbing materials  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

We demonstrate that the phenomenon of slow sound propagation associated with its inherent dissipation (dispersion + attenuation) can be efficiently used to design sound absorbing metamaterials. The dispersion relation of the wave propagating in narrow waveguides on one side of which quarter-wavelength resonators are plugged with a square lattice, whose periodicity is smaller than the wavelength, is analyzed. The thermal and viscous losses are accounted for in the modeling. We show that this structure slows down the sound below the bandgap associated with the resonance of quarter-wavelength resonators and dissipates energy. After deriving the effective parameters of both such a narrow waveguide and a periodic arrangement of them, we show that the combination of slow sound together with the dissipation can be efficiently used to design a sound absorbing metamaterial which totally absorbs sound for wavelength much larger than four times the thickness structure. This last claim is supported by experimental results.

Groby, J.-P.; Huang, W.; Lardeau, A.; Aurégan, Y.

2015-03-01

117

Reaction behavior of B sub 4 C absorber material with stainless steel and Zircaloy in severe light water reactor accidents  

Microsoft Academic Search

The chemical reaction behavior of BâC absorber material with stainless steel 1.4919 (type 316) and Zircaloy-4 is studied in the 800 to 1600°C temeprature range. The reaction kinetics for both systems can be described by parabolic rate laws. Above 100°C, the reaction zone growth rates in the BâC\\/stainless steel system are about two orders of magnitude higher than those in

P. Hofmann; M. E. Markiewicz; J. L. Spino

1990-01-01

118

Lunar radar backscatter studies  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The lunar surface material in the Plato area is characterized using Earth based visual, infrared, and radar signatures. Radar scattering in the lunar regolith with an existing optical scattering computer program is modeled. Mapping with 1 to 2 km resolution of the Moon using a 70 cm Arecibo radar is presented.

Thompson, T. W.

1979-01-01

119

Microstructural Characterization of Burnable Absorber Materials Being Evaluated for Application in LEU U-Mo Fuel Plates  

SciTech Connect

The starting microstructure of a fuel plate will impact how it performs during irradiation. As a result, microstructural characterization has been performed on as-fabricated monolithic fuel plates to determine the changes in fuel plate microstructure that may result from changes in fabrication parameters. Particular focus has been given to the fuel plate U-10Mo/Zr and Zr/AA6061 cladding interfaces, since the integrity of these interfaces will play a big role in determining the overall performance of the fuel plate during irradiation. In addition, burnable absorber materials for potential incorporation into monolithic fuel plates have been characterized to identify their as-fabricated microstructures. This information will be important when trying to understand the PIE data from fuel plates with burnable absorbers that are irradiated in future irradiation experiments. This paper will focus on the microstructures observed using optical metallography, X-ray diffraction, and scanning and transmission electron microscopy for monolithic fuel plates exposed to different fabrication parameters and for as-fabricated burnable absorber materials.

J. F. Jue; B. Miller; B. Yao; E. Perez; Y. H. Sohn

2011-03-01

120

Material Property Estimation for Direct Detection of DNAPL using Integrated Ground-Penetrating Radar Velocity, Imaging and Attribute Analysis  

SciTech Connect

The focus of this project is direct detection of DNAPLs, specifically chlorinated solvents, via material property estimation from multi-fold surface ground-penetrating radar (GPR) data. We combine state-of-the-art GPR processing methodology with quantitative attribute analysis and material property estimation to determine the location and extent of residual and/or pooled DNAPL in both the vadose and saturated zones. An important byproduct of our research is state-of-the-art imaging which allows us to pinpoint attribute anomalies, characterize stratigraphy, identify fracture zones, and locate buried objects.

Bradford, John H.; Holbrook, W. Stephen; Smithson, Scott B.

2004-12-31

121

Material Property Estimation for Direct Detection of DNAPL using Integrated Ground-Penetrating Radar Velocity, Imaging and Attribute Analysis  

SciTech Connect

The focus of this project is direct detection of DNAPL's specifically chlorinated solvents, via material property estimation from multi-fold surface ground-penetrating radar (GPR) data. We combine state-of-the-art GPR processing methodology with quantitative attribute analysis and material property estimation to determine the location and extent of residual and/or pooled DNAPL in both the vadose and saturated zones. An important byproduct of our research is state-of-the-art imaging which allows us to pinpoint attribute anomalies, characterize stratigraphy, identify fracture zones, and locate buried objects.

John H. Bradford; Stephen Holbrook; Scott B. Smithson

2004-12-09

122

Thin Perfect Absorbers for Electromagnetic Waves: Theory, Design, and Realizations  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

With recent advances in nanophotonics and nanofabrication, considerable progress has been achieved in realizations of thin composite layers designed for full absorption of incident electromagnetic radiation, from microwaves to the visible. If the layer is structured at a subwavelength scale, thin perfect absorbers are usually called "metamaterial absorbers," because these composite structures are designed to emulate some material responses not reachable with any natural material. On the other hand, many thin absorbing composite layers were designed and used already in the time of the introduction of radar technology, predominantly as a means to reduce radar visibility of targets. In view of a wide variety of classical and new topologies of optically thin metamaterial absorbers and plurality of applications, there is a need for a general, conceptual overview of the fundamental mechanisms of full absorption of light or microwave radiation in thin layers. Here, we present such an overview in the form of a general theory of thin perfectly absorbing layers. Possible topologies of perfect metamaterial absorbers are classified based on their fundamental operational principles. For each of the identified classes, we provide design equations and give examples of particular realizations. The concluding section provides a summary and gives an outlook on future developments in this field.

Ra'di, Y.; Simovski, C. R.; Tretyakov, S. A.

2015-03-01

123

Radar-cross-section reduction of wind turbines. part 1.  

SciTech Connect

In recent years, increasing deployment of large wind-turbine farms has become an issue of growing concern for the radar community. The large radar cross section (RCS) presented by wind turbines interferes with radar operation, and the Doppler shift caused by blade rotation causes problems identifying and tracking moving targets. Each new wind-turbine farm installation must be carefully evaluated for potential disruption of radar operation for air defense, air traffic control, weather sensing, and other applications. Several approaches currently exist to minimize conflict between wind-turbine farms and radar installations, including procedural adjustments, radar upgrades, and proper choice of low-impact wind-farm sites, but each has problems with limited effectiveness or prohibitive cost. An alternative approach, heretofore not technically feasible, is to reduce the RCS of wind turbines to the extent that they can be installed near existing radar installations. This report summarizes efforts to reduce wind-turbine RCS, with a particular emphasis on the blades. The report begins with a survey of the wind-turbine RCS-reduction literature to establish a baseline for comparison. The following topics are then addressed: electromagnetic model development and validation, novel material development, integration into wind-turbine fabrication processes, integrated-absorber design, and wind-turbine RCS modeling. Related topics of interest, including alternative mitigation techniques (procedural, at-the-radar, etc.), an introduction to RCS and electromagnetic scattering, and RCS-reduction modeling techniques, can be found in a previous report.

Brock, Billy C.; Loui, Hung; McDonald, Jacob J.; Paquette, Joshua A.; Calkins, David A.; Miller, William K.; Allen, Steven E.; Clem, Paul Gilbert; Patitz, Ward E.

2012-03-05

124

Composition for absorbing hydrogen  

DOEpatents

A hydrogen absorbing composition. The composition comprises a porous glass matrix, made by a sol-gel process, having a hydrogen-absorbing material dispersed throughout the matrix. A sol, made from tetraethyl orthosilicate, is mixed with a hydrogen-absorbing material and solidified to form a porous glass matrix with the hydrogen-absorbing material dispersed uniformly throughout the matrix. The glass matrix has pores large enough to allow gases having hydrogen to pass through the matrix, yet small enough to hold the particles dispersed within the matrix so that the hydrogen-absorbing particles are not released during repeated hydrogen absorption/desorption cycles.

Heung, Leung K. (Aiken, SC); Wicks, George G. (Aiken, SC); Enz, Glenn L. (N. Augusta, SC)

1995-01-01

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Composition for absorbing hydrogen  

DOEpatents

A hydrogen absorbing composition is described. The composition comprises a porous glass matrix, made by a sol-gel process, having a hydrogen-absorbing material dispersed throughout the matrix. A sol, made from tetraethyl orthosilicate, is mixed with a hydrogen-absorbing material and solidified to form a porous glass matrix with the hydrogen-absorbing material dispersed uniformly throughout the matrix. The glass matrix has pores large enough to allow gases having hydrogen to pass through the matrix, yet small enough to hold the particles dispersed within the matrix so that the hydrogen-absorbing particles are not released during repeated hydrogen absorption/desorption cycles.

Heung, L.K.; Wicks, G.G.; Enz, G.L.

1995-05-02

126

EUV multilayer defect compensation (MDC) by absorber pattern modification: improved performance with deposited material and other progresses  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

According to the ITRS, mask defects are among the top technical challenges facing the introduction of extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography into production. Making a defect-free multilayer EUV mask blank is not possible today, and is unlikely to happen in the next few years. This means that EUV must work with masks having multilayer defects. The method presented here compensates effects of multilayer defects by modifying absorber patterns whose images they distort. It represents the patterns to be modified with level-set methods, providing more generality than binary pixels on a fixed grid. The level-set representation and fast model used to calculate fields at the mask have been published previously. The method has been applied with constraints to ensure that the pattern modifications are within the capability of available repair equipment, and has been shown to enlarge process windows. Although prior work focused on modifying absorber patterns, additional degrees of freedom to improve performance are available if modifications include deposition of different materials. Simulated images show potential benefits with deposited carbon. To apply the method, it is necessary to solve two sequential inverse problems. First, the defect buried in the multilayer must be modeled from available information about the top surface of the mask blank. Then the absorber modifications must be calculated from the desired image and properties of the modeled defect. Accuracy and speed of the computation meet requirements for using it to manufacture EUV masks.

Pang, Linyong; Satake, Masaki; Li, Ying; Hu, Peter; Tolani, Vikram; Peng, Danping; Chen, Dongxue; Gleason, Bob

2012-11-01

127

New visible light absorbing materials for solar fuels, Ga(Sbx)N1-x.  

PubMed

A novel visible-light-absorbing dilute alloy, Ga(Sbx)N1-x is synthesized by metal organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) for solar hydrogen production. Significant bandgap reduction of GaN, from 3.4 eV to 1.8 eV, is observed, with a low (2%) incorporation of antimonide, and the lattice expansion is in agreement with our first-principles calculations. The band edges of Ga(Sbx)N1-x are found to straddle the water redox potentials showing excellent suitability for solar water splitting. PMID:24536005

Sunkara, Swathi; Vendra, Venkat Kalyan; Jasinski, Jacek Bogdan; Deutsch, Todd; Andriotis, Antonis N; Rajan, Krishna; Menon, Madhu; Sunkara, Mahendra

2014-05-01

128

Two-photon or higher-order absorbing optical materials and methods of use  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Compositions capable of simultaneous two-photon absorption and higher order absorptivities are disclosed. Many of these compositions are compounds satisfying the formulae D-.PI.-D, A-.PI.-A, D-A-D and A-D-A, wherein D is an electron donor group, A is an electron acceptor group and .PI. comprises a bridge of .pi.-conjugated bonds connecting the electron donor groups and electron acceptor groups. In A-D-A and D-A-D compounds, the .pi. bridge is substituted with electron donor groups and electron acceptor groups, respectively. Also disclosed are methods that generate an electronically excited state of a compound, including those satisfying one of these formulae. The electronically excited state is achieved in a method that includes irradiating the compound with light. Then, the compound is converted to a multi-photon electronically excited state upon simultaneous absorption of at least two photons of light. The sum of the energies of all of the absorbed photons is greater than or equal to the transition energy from a ground state of the compound to the multi-photon excited state. The energy of each absorbed photon is less than the transition energy between the ground state and the lowest single-photon excited state of the compound is less than the transition energy between the multi-photon excited state and the ground state.

Marder, Seth (Inventor); Perry, Joseph (Inventor)

2001-01-01

129

Open Reduction of Proximal Interphalangeal Fracture-Dislocation through a Midlateral Incision Using Absorbable Suture Materials  

PubMed Central

Background Fracture-dislocation of the proximal interphalangeal (PIP) joint is a relatively common injury. Various treatments for fracture-dislocation of the PIP joint have been reported. In the present study, we performed open reduction through a midlateral incision using absorbable sutures to reduce the small bone fragments and performed volar plate repair. Methods We treated nine patients with fracture-dislocation of the PIP joint with small fractured bone fragments too small for pinning or screw fixation. Patients with volar plate injury were treated with open reduction and volar plate repair at the periosteum of the middle phalangeal bone base by the modified Kessler method using absorbable sutures. All patients were placed in a dorsal aluminum extension block splint, which maintained the PIP joint in approximately 30 degrees of flexion to avoid excessive tension on the sutured volar plate. Results At a mean final follow-up of postoperative 9 months, all patients were evaluated radiographically and had adequate alignment of the PIP joint and reduction of the displaced bone fragments. Range of motion was improved and there were no complications. Conclusions This technique is an excellent alternative to the current method of treating patients with fracture-dislocations that include small fragments that are too small for pinning or screw fixation. It is a less invasive surgical method and enables stable reduction and early exercise without noticeable complications. PMID:23898438

Lee, Jae Jun; Choi, Hyun Gon; Shin, Dong Hyeok; Uhm, Ki Il

2013-01-01

130

Development of High Band Gap Absorber and Buffer Materials for Thin Film Solar Cell Applications  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

CuInGaSe2 (CIGS) device efficiencies are the highest of the thin film absorber materials (vs. CdTe, alpha-Si, CuInSe2). However, the band gap of the highest efficiency CIGS cells deviates from the expected ideal value predicted by models [1]. Widening the band gap to the theoretically ideal value is one way to increase cell efficiencies. Widening the band gap can be accomplished in two ways; by finding a solution to the Ga-related defects which limit the open circuit voltage at high Ga ratios, or by utilizing different elemental combinations to form an alternative high band gap photoactive Cu-chalcopyrite (which includes any combination of the cations Cu, Al, Ga, and In along with the anions S, Se, and Te). This thesis focuses on the second option, substituting aluminum for gallium in the chalcopyrite lattice to form a CuInAlSe2 (CIAS) film using a sputtering and selenization approach. Both sequential and co-sputtering of metal precursors is performed. Indium was found to be very mobile during both sputtering processes, with a tendency to diffuse to the film surface even when deposited as the base layer in a sequential sputtering process. Elemental diffusion was controlled to a degree using thicker Cu top layer in co-sputtering. The greater thermal conductivity of stainless steel foil (16 W/mK) vs. glass (0.9-1.3 W/mK) can also be used to limit indium diffusion, by keeping the substrate cooler during sputtering. In both sputtering methods aluminum is deposited oxygen-free by capping the film with a Cu capping layer in combination with controlling the indium diffusion. Selenization of metal precursor films is completed using two different techniques. The first is a thermal evaporation approach from a heated box source (method 1 -- reactive thermal evaporation (RTE-Se)). The second is batch selenization using a heated tube furnace (method 2 -- batch selenization). Some batch selenized precursors were capped with ˜ 1mum of selenium. In both selenization methods elemental selenium is used at the selenium source. In method 1 films selenized above 500°C showed low Al incorporation and phase separation. Films selenized with a Se depositional rate of 12 A/s showed poor adhesion compared to samples selenized at 4 A/s. Segregation of aluminum towards the back contact as well as oxygen incorporation appears to cause adhesion loss in extreme cases, and poor interface electrical characteristics in others. The maximum device efficiency measured for method 1 was 5.2% under AM1.5 for a device with ˜ 2 at. % aluminum. For method 2, samples deposited on glass demonstrated poor adhesion and similar attributes to the RTE-Se samples. No improvements were seen with the additional Se capping layer on the film. Metal foil samples show improved adhesion vs. glass samples deposited under the same conditions. Samples still showed oxidation of aluminum at the Mo interface. Increasing the temperature to 550°C resulted in the loss of Mo adhesion due to excessive MoSe 2 formation. Samples selenized for 90 minutes at 520°C showed decreased adhesion compared to those selenized for 40 minutes. Again excess MoSe 2 growth was seen, though not to the extent of the samples selenized at 550°C. The effective heat of formation model suggests the low Al incorporation found in all films is due the favorable formation of InSe vs. In2Se3. It predicts InSe will form first at the growing film interface, and this phase is then consumed in the formation of CuInSe2 at temperatures above 220°C. This results in the consumption of In before the (Al,In)2Se 3 phase can form, and therefore minimal formation of the CuInAlSe 2 chalcopyrite phase. Due to minimal (Al,In)2Se3 formation, free Al is able to react with H2O or form Al2Se 3 which is also able to react with H2O. Both reactions result in the formation of Al2O3 and H2Se. This Al2O3 forms a resistive barrier at the back contact, which results in loss of adhesion in high Al films, and an I-V "roll-over" effect in low Al devices. In addition to CIAS studies, a study of alternative buffer layers to chemical b

Dwyer, Dan

2011-12-01

131

[The potential of tone audiometry for the determination of the sound-absorbing properties of various materials].  

PubMed

The objective of the present work was to experimentally estimate the potential of the tone audiometry technique for the determination of the sound-absorbing properties of various material. The study included 15 subjects at the age from 19 to 32 years. Their audiological examination was followed by the placement of the 5×7 cm spacer plate from the study material beneath the bone vibrator telephone to determine the bone sound-conduction threshold; no air-marking was undertaken. The sound absorption by the study materials of interest was determined in each octave-band from 250 to 8000 Hz from the difference between the starting audiogram and the audiogram of the material of interest. The study was carried out in three stages: (1) evaluation of sound absorption of each of the five materials, (2) measurement of the same parameter in the combinations of 2--4 layers for increasing sound absorption, and (3) fixation of the bone conduction telephone by the operator's hand (the head-mounted harness was used for the same purpose at stages 1 and 2). The experiments demonstrated that the study of bone sound conduction by means of tone audiometry allows to estimate the sound absorption of various materials. This technique may be applied for the development of a subjective method for the measurement of sound absorption in order to evaluate the acoustic effectiveness of materials that can be used to construct individual protective anti-noise devices. PMID:25734304

Zinkin, V N; Sheshegov, P M

2014-01-01

132

Corrosion resistant neutron absorbing coatings  

DOEpatents

A method of forming a corrosion resistant neutron absorbing coating comprising the steps of spray or deposition or sputtering or welding processing to form a composite material made of a spray or deposition or sputtering or welding material, and a neutron absorbing material. Also a corrosion resistant neutron absorbing coating comprising a composite material made of a spray or deposition or sputtering or welding material, and a neutron absorbing material.

Choi, Jor-Shan; Farmer, Joseph C; Lee, Chuck K; Walker, Jeffrey; Russell, Paige; Kirkwood, Jon; Yang, Nancy; Champagne, Victor

2013-11-12

133

Corrosion resistant neutron absorbing coatings  

DOEpatents

A method of forming a corrosion resistant neutron absorbing coating comprising the steps of spray or deposition or sputtering or welding processing to form a composite material made of a spray or deposition or sputtering or welding material, and a neutron absorbing material. Also a corrosion resistant neutron absorbing coating comprising a composite material made of a spray or deposition or sputtering or welding material, and a neutron absorbing material.

Choi, Jor-Shan (El Cerrito, CA); Farmer, Joseph C. (Tracy, CA); Lee, Chuck K. (Hayward, CA); Walker, Jeffrey (Gaithersburg, MD); Russell, Paige (Las Vegas, NV); Kirkwood, Jon (Saint Leonard, MD); Yang, Nancy (Lafayette, CA); Champagne, Victor (Oxford, PA)

2012-05-29

134

Two-Photon or Higher-Order Absorbing Optical Materials for Generation of Reactive Species  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Disclosed are highly efficient multiphoton absorbing compounds and methods of their use. The compounds generally include a bridge of pi-conjugated bonds connecting electron donating groups or electron accepting groups. The bridge may be substituted with a variety of substituents as well. Solubility, lipophilicity, absorption maxima and other characteristics of the compounds may be tailored by changing the electron donating groups or electron accepting groups, the substituents attached to or the length of the pi-conjugated bridge. Numerous photophysical and photochemical methods are enabled by converting these compounds to electronically excited states upon simultaneous absorption of at least two photons of radiation. The compounds have large two-photon or higher-order absorptivities such that upon absorption, one or more Lewis acidic species, Lewis basic species, radical species or ionic species are formed.

Cumpston, Brian (Inventor); Lipson, Matthew (Inventor); Marder, Seth R. (Inventor); Perry, Joseph W. (Inventor)

2013-01-01

135

Two-photon or higher-order absorbing optical materials for generation of reactive species  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Disclosed are highly efficient multiphoton absorbing compounds and methods of their use. The compounds generally include a bridge of pi-conjugated bonds connecting electron donating groups or electron accepting groups. The bridge may be substituted with a variety of substituents as well. Solubility, lipophilicity, absorption maxima and other characteristics of the compounds may be tailored by changing the electron donating groups or electron accepting groups, the substituents attached to or the length of the pi-conjugated bridge. Numerous photophysical and photochemical methods are enabled by converting these compounds to electronically excited states upon simultaneous absorption of at least two photons of radiation. The compounds have large two-photon or higher-order absorptivities such that upon absorption, one or more Lewis acidic species, Lewis basic species, radical species or ionic species are formed.

Cumpston, Brian (Inventor); Lipson, Matthew (Inventor); Marder, Seth R. (Inventor); Perry, Joseph W. (Inventor)

2003-01-01

136

Two-photon or higher-order absorbing optical materials for generation of reactive species  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Disclosed are highly efficient multiphoton absorbing compounds and methods of their use. The compounds generally include a bridge of pi-conjugated bonds connecting electron donating groups or electron accepting groups. The bridge may be substituted with a variety of substituents as well. Solubility, lipophilicity, absorption maxima and other characteristics of the compounds may be tailored by changing the electron donating groups or electron accepting groups, the substituents attached to or the length of the pi-conjugated bridge. Numerous photophysical and photochemical methods are enabled by converting these compounds to electronically excited states upon simultaneous absorption of at least two photons of radiation. The compounds have large two-photon or higher-order absorptivities such that upon absorption, one or more Lewis acidic species, Lewis basic species, radical species or ionic species are formed.

Cumpston, Brian (Inventor); Lipson, Matthew (Inventor); Marder, Seth R (Inventor); Perry, Joseph W (Inventor)

2007-01-01

137

Plasmonic materials based on ZnO films and their potential for developing broadband middle-infrared absorbers  

SciTech Connect

Noble metals such as gold and silver have been extensively used for plasmonic applications due to their ability to support plasmons, yet they suffer from high intrinsic losses. Alternative plasmonic materials that offer low loss and tunability are desired for a new generation of efficient and agile devices. In this paper, atomic layer deposition (ALD) grown ZnO is investigated as a candidate material for plasmonic applications. Optical constants of ZnO are investigated along with figures of merit pertaining to plasmonic waveguides. We show that ZnO can alleviate the trade-off between propagation length and mode confinement width owing to tunable dielectric properties. In order to demonstrate plasmonic resonances, we simulate a grating structure and computationally demonstrate an ultra-wide-band (4–15 ?m) infrared absorber.

Kesim, Yunus E., E-mail: yunus.kesim@bilkent.edu.tr; Battal, Enes [Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Bilkent University, Ankara, 06800 (Turkey); UNAM-National Nanotechnology Research Center, Bilkent University, Ankara, 06800 (Turkey); Okyay, Ali K. [Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Bilkent University, Ankara, 06800 (Turkey); UNAM-National Nanotechnology Research Center, Bilkent University, Ankara, 06800 (Turkey); Institute of Materials Science and Nanotechnology, Bilkent University, Ankara, 06800 (Turkey)

2014-07-15

138

Plasmonic materials based on ZnO films and their potential for developing broadband middle-infrared absorbers  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Noble metals such as gold and silver have been extensively used for plasmonic applications due to their ability to support plasmons, yet they suffer from high intrinsic losses. Alternative plasmonic materials that offer low loss and tunability are desired for a new generation of efficient and agile devices. In this paper, atomic layer deposition (ALD) grown ZnO is investigated as a candidate material for plasmonic applications. Optical constants of ZnO are investigated along with figures of merit pertaining to plasmonic waveguides. We show that ZnO can alleviate the trade-off between propagation length and mode confinement width owing to tunable dielectric properties. In order to demonstrate plasmonic resonances, we simulate a grating structure and computationally demonstrate an ultra-wide-band (4-15 ?m) infrared absorber.

Kesim, Yunus E.; Battal, Enes; Okyay, Ali K.

2014-07-01

139

NREL Highlights SCIENCE Use of Earth-abundant materials in solar absorber films  

E-print Network

was proposed more than 25 years ago in the form of FeS2 pyrite--fool's gold. Unfortunately, the material has that can be used to identify new Fe-containing materials that can circumvent the limitations of FeS2 pyrite

140

The sound-absorbing properties of some common out-door materials  

Microsoft Academic Search

The sound absorption coefficients of pure sounds of frequencies from 125 to 4000 cycles per second have been measured at random incidence for specimens of some commonly occurring out-door materials, among them, gravel, turf, sand, ashes, railway-track ballast and snow. They mostly share the common characteristic of increased absorption with rising pitch. Some of the materials (e.g. loose gravel soil

G W C Kaye; E J Evans

1940-01-01

141

Comparison of amorphous silicon absorber materials: Light-induced degradation and solar cell efficiency  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Several amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) deposition conditions have been reported to produce films that degrade least under light soaking when incorporated into a-Si:H solar cells. However, a systematic comparison of these a-Si:H materials has never been presented. In the present study, different plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition conditions, yielding standard low-pressure VHF a-Si:H, protocrystalline, polymorphous, and high-pressure RF a-Si:H materials, are compared with respect to their optical properties and their behavior when incorporated into single-junction solar cells. A wide deposition parameter space has been explored in the same deposition system varying hydrogen dilution, deposition pressure, temperature, frequency, and power. From the physics of layer growth, to layer properties, to solar cell performance and light-induced degradation, a consistent picture of a-Si:H materials that are currently used for a-Si:H solar cells emerges. The applications of these materials in single-junction, tandem, and triple-junction solar cells are discussed, as well as their deposition compatibility with rough substrates, taking into account aspects of voltage, current, and charge collection. In sum, this contributes to answering the question, "Which material is best for which type of solar cell?"

Stuckelberger, M.; Despeisse, M.; Bugnon, G.; Schüttauf, J.-W.; Haug, F.-J.; Ballif, C.

2013-10-01

142

Symposium on the Acoustics of Poro-Elastic Materials SAPEM Bradford (UK), 17-19 December 2008 Checking of an Optimal Sound Absorbing Microporous Structure  

E-print Network

or adapt the sound absorption spectrum of commonly used sound absorbing materials · Inefficient materials the sound absorption spectrum, together with the optimal range of local characteristic lengths SUMMARY For a given fiber radius, an optimal throat size controlling the sound absorption level can

Boyer, Edmond

143

Scientists Identify New Family of Iron-Based Absorber Materials for Solar Cells (Fact Sheet), NREL Highlights, Science  

SciTech Connect

Use of Earth-abundant materials in solar absorber films is critical for expanding the reach of photovoltaic (PV) technologies. The use of Earth-abundant and inexpensive Fe in PV was proposed more than 25 years ago in the form of FeS{sub 2} pyrite - fool's gold. Unfortunately, the material has been plagued by performance problems that to this day are both persistent and not well understood. Researchers from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Oregon State University, working collaboratively in the Center for Inverse Design, an Energy Frontier Research Center, have uncovered several new insights into the problems of FeS{sub 2}. They have used these advances to propose and implement design rules that can be used to identify new Fe-containing materials that can circumvent the limitations of FeS{sub 2} pyrite. The team has identified that it is the unavoidable metallic secondary phases and surface defects coexisting near the FeS{sub 2} thin-film surfaces and grain boundaries that limit its open-circuit voltage, rather than the S vacancies in the bulk, which has long been commonly assumed. The materials Fe{sub 2}SiS{sub 4} and Fe{sub 2}GeS{sub 4} hold considerable promise as PV absorbers. The ternary Si compound is especially attractive, as it contains three of the more abundant low-cost elements available today. The band gap (E{sub g} = 1.5 eV) from both theory and experiment is higher than those of c-Si and FeS{sub 2}, offering better absorption of the solar spectrum and potentially higher solar cell efficiencies. More importantly, these materials do not have metallic secondary phase problems as seen in FeS{sub 2}. High calculated formation energies of donor-type defects are consistent with p-type carriers in thin films and are prospects for high open-circuit voltages in cells.

Not Available

2011-10-01

144

Rice straw–wood particle composite for sound absorbing wooden construction materials  

Microsoft Academic Search

In this study, rice straw–wood particle composite boards were manufactured as insulation boards using the method used in the wood-based panel industry. The raw material, rice straw, was chosen because of its availability. The manufacturing parameters were: a specific gravity of 0.4, 0.6, and 0.8, and a rice straw content (10\\/90, 20\\/80, and 30\\/70 weight of rice straw\\/wood particle) of

Han-Seung Yang; Dae-Jun Kim; Hyun-Joong Kim

2003-01-01

145

Analysis of SnS2 hyperdoped with V proposed as efficient absorber material  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Intermediate-band materials can improve the photovoltaic efficiency of solar cells through the absorption of two subband-gap photons that allow extra electron-hole pair formations. Previous theoretical and experimental findings support the proposal that the layered SnS2 compound, with a band-gap of around 2 eV, is a candidate for an intermediate-band material when it is doped with a specific transition-metal. In this work we characterize vanadium doped SnS2 using density functional theory at the dilution level experimentally found and including a dispersion correction combined with the site-occupancy-disorder method. In order to analyze the electronic characteristics that depend on geometry, two SnS2 polytypes partially substituted with vanadium in symmetry-adapted non-equivalent configurations were studied. In addition the magnetic configurations of vanadium in a SnS2 2H-polytype and its comparison with a 4H-polytype were also characterized. We demonstrate that a narrow intermediate-band is formed, when these dopant atoms are located in different layers. Our theoretical predictions confirm the recent experimental findings in which a paramagnetic intermediate-band material in a SnS2 2H-polytype with 10% vanadium concentration is obtained.

Seminovski, Yohanna; Palacios, Pablo; Wahnón, Perla

2014-10-01

146

Nanosized Ce-Zn substituted microwave absorber material for X-band applications  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The sol-gel autocombustion method has been used to synthesize the Ce-Zn substituted with composition Sr2-xCexNi2Fe28-yZnyO46 (x=0.02, 0.04, 0.06, 0.08, 0.010 and y=0.1, 0.2, 0.3, 0.4, 0.5) X-type hexagonal ferrites. The XRD analysis confirms the single phase of the material. The variation in lattice parameters can be observed with addition of Ce-Zn dopant. The ferrites substituted with Ce-Zn contents have low value of grain size than the unsubstituted ferrites. The crystallite size measured from TEM and HRTEM analysis was found in the range of 40-45 nm which is in good agreement with the theoretically measured by Scherer formula. The room temperature electrical resistivity lies in the range of ~109 ?-cm, so the investigated sample can be considered good material for reducing the eddy current losses. The enhancement in magnetic properties (saturation magnetization, retentivity and coercivity) has been observed with the substitution of Ce-Zn contents in pure ferrites. The increment in resistivity and magnetic properties with the substitution of Ce-Zn dopant makes it important candidate to be used in the formation of multilayer chip inductors (MLCIs). The maximum reflection loss of -23.4 dB at 12.858 GHz is obtained by Ce-Zn doped ferrites and attenuation constant agrees well with the reflection loss. The microwave absorption properties of this substituted material reflect its applications in super high frequency (SHF) devices.

Sadiq, Imran; Ali, Irshad; Rebrov, Evgeny; Naseem, Shahzad; Ashiq, M. Naeem; Rana, M. U.

2014-12-01

147

The properties of the absorbing and line-emitting material in IGR J16318 - 4848  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

We have performed a detailed analysis of the XMM-Newton observation of IGR J16318-4848, to study the properties of the matter responsible for the obscuration and for the emission of Fe and Ni lines. Even if the line-of-sight material has a column density of about 2 × 1024 cm-2, from the Fe K? line EW and Compton Shoulder we argue that the matter should have an average column density of a few ×1023 cm-2, along with a covering factor of about 0.1-0.2. The iron K? line varies on time-scales as short as 1000 s, implying a size of the emitting region smaller than about 3 × 1013 cm. The flux of the line roughly follows the variations of the continuum, but not exactly, suggesting a variation of the geometrical properties of the emitting region on similar time-scales.

Matt, Giorgio; Guainazzi, Matteo

2003-05-01

148

The Properties of the Absorbing and Line Emitting Material in IGR J16318-4848  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

We analyzed the 2003 Target of Opportunity XMM-Newton observation of IGR J16318-4848, to derive the properties of the matter responsible for the obscuration and for the emission of Fe and Ni lines. The line of sight material has a column density of about 2×1024 cm-2 but, from the Fe K? line EW and Compton Shoulder, we argue that the average column density is a few ×1023 cm-2, while the covering factor is about 0.1-0.2. The iron K? line varies on time scales as short as 1000 s, implying a size of the emitting region less than 3×1013 cm. An ongoing XMM-Newton/INTEGRAL monitoring campaign is confirming the non-transient nature of the source.

Matt, Giorgio; Guainazzi, M.

2005-06-01

149

Surface Modification of Fuel Cladding Materials with Integral Fuel BUrnable Absorber Boron  

SciTech Connect

Integral fuel burnable absorgers (IFBA) are added to some rods in the fuel assembly to counteract excessive reactivity. These IFBA elements (usually boron or gadolinium) are presently incorporated in the U)2 pellets either by mixing in the pellets or as coatings on the pellet surface. In either case, the incorporation of ifba into the fuel has to be performed in a nuclear-regulated facility that is physically separated from the main plant. These operations tend to be costly and can add from 20 to 30% to the manufacturing cost of the fuel. The goal of this NEER research project was to develop an alternative approach that involves incorporation of IFBA element boron at the surface of the fuel cladding material.

Dr. Kumar Sridharan; Dr. Todd Allen; Jesse Gudmundson; Benjamin Maier

2008-11-03

150

Quantum storage of polarization qubits in birefringent and anisotropically absorbing materials  

E-print Network

Storage of quantum information encoded into true single photons is an essential constituent of long-distance quantum communication based on quantum repeaters and of optical quantum information processing. The storage of photonic polarization qubits is, however, complicated by the fact that many materials are birefringent and have polarization-dependent absorption. Here we present and demonstrate a simple scheme that allows compensating for these polarization effects. The scheme is demonstrated using a solid-state quantum memory implemented with an ensemble of rare-earth ions doped into a biaxial yttrium orthosilicate ($Y_2SiO_5$) crystal. Heralded single photons generated from a filtered spontaneous parametric downconversion source are stored, and quantum state tomography of the retrieved polarization state reveals an average fidelity of $97.5 \\pm 0.4%$, which is significantly higher than what is achievable with a measure-and-prepare strategy.

Christoph Clausen; Felix Bussieres; Mikael Afzelius; Nicolas Gisin

2012-02-24

151

Synthesis and characterisation of Copper Zinc Tin Sulphide (CZTS) compound for absorber material in solar-cells  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The development of thin-film semiconductor compounds, such as Copper Indium Gallium Selenide (CIGS), has caused remarkable progress in the field of thin-film photovoltaics. However, the scarcity and the increasing prices of indium impose the hunt for alternative materials. The Copper Zinc Tin Sulphide (CZTS) is one of the promising emerging materials with Kesterite-type crystal structure and favourable material properties like high absorption co-efficient and direct band-gap. Moreover, all the constituent elements of CZTS are non-toxic and aplenty on the earth-crust, making it a potential candidate for the thin-film photovoltaics. Here we report the synthesis of CZTS powder from its constituent elements, viz. copper, zinc, tin and sulphur, in an evacuated Quartz ampoule at 1030 K temperature. The sulphur content in the raw mixture in the ampoule was varied and optimised in order to attain the desired atomic stoichiometry of the compound. The synthesised powder was characterised by X-Ray diffraction technique (XRD), Raman Scattering Spectroscopy, Energy Dispersive Analysis of X-Ray (EDAX) and UV-Visible Absorption Spectra. The XRD Patterns of the synthesised compound show the preferred orientation of (112), (220) and (312) planes, confirming the Kesterite structure of CZTS. The chemical composition of the powder was analysed by EDAX and shows good atomic stoichiometry of the constituent elements in the CZTS compound. The UV-Vis absorption spectra confirm the direct band-gap of about 1.45 eV, which is quite close to the optimum value for the semiconductor material as an absorber in solar-cells.

Kheraj, Vipul; Patel, K. K.; Patel, S. J.; Shah, D. V.

2013-01-01

152

Standard guide for establishing surveillance test program for boron-based neutron absorbing material systems for use in nuclear spent fuel storage racks  

E-print Network

1.1 This guide provides guidance for establishing a surveillance test program to monitor the performance of boron-based neutron absorbing material systems (absorbers) necessary to maintain sub-criticality in nuclear spent fuel storage racks in a pool environment. The practices presented in this guide, when implemented, will provide a comprehensive surveillance test program to verify the presence of sufficient neutron absorbing material within the storage racks. The performance of a surveillance test program provides added assurance of the safe and effective operation of a high-density storage facility for nuclear spent fuel. 1.2 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety problems, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

American Society for Testing and Materials. Philadelphia

2007-01-01

153

Experimental Development of a Foot Mechanism with Shock Absorbing Material for Acquisition of Landing Surface Position Information and Stabilization of Dynamic Biped Walking  

Microsoft Academic Search

As the first stage of dynamic biped walking adapting to an unknown uneven surface using an anthropomorphic biped walking robot, this paper introduces a special foot mechanism with shock-absorbing material that stabilizes dynamic biped walking and acquires position information on the landing surface. The new foot has three functions: (1) a function to obtain information on the position relative to

Jin'ichi Yamaguchi; Atsuo Takanishi; Ichiro Kato

1995-01-01

154

Study of the antifungal potential of novel cellulose/copper composites as absorbent materials for fruit juices.  

PubMed

Cellulose/copper composites with antifungal properties have been synthesized by physical/chemical methods. Physical treatments by heat or by a combination of heat and UV radiation provided composites with metallic copper and excellent interfacial adhesion; in contrast, chemical reduction with borohydride generated small although partially aggregated copper oxide nanoparticles. Copper micro/nano-particles and copper ions (Cu(2+)) were released from the cellulose matrix at an adequate rate to achieve a strong antimicrobial activity against Saccharomyces cerevisiae in in vitro experiments. Moreover, the copper oxide composites showed an excellent antifungal activity in pineapple and melon juice, reducing about 4 log cycles the loads of spoilage-related yeasts and moulds. The metallic copper composites reduced in 4 log cycles the load of yeasts and moulds in pineapple juice, although their antifungal activity was weaker in contact with melon juice. Copper loaded absorbent materials could be selectively implemented during the shelf-life of minimally processed fruits to reduce the number of spoilage-related microorganisms in the drip. PMID:22835229

Llorens, Amparo; Lloret, Elsa; Picouet, Pierre; Fernandez, Avelina

2012-08-17

155

Multiple-layer Radiation Absorber  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A structure is discussed for absorbing incident radiation, either electromagnetic (EM) or sound. Such a surface structure is needed, for example, in a highly sensitive high-frequency gravitational wave or HFGW detector such as the Li-Baker. The multi-layer absorber, which is discussed, is constructed with metamaterial [MM] layer or layers on top. This MM is configured for a specific EM or sound radiation frequency band, which absorbs incident EM or sound radiation without reflection. Below these top MM layers is a substrate of conventional EM-radiation absorbing or acoustical absorbing reflective material, such as an array of pyramidal foam absorbers. Incident radiation is partially absorbed by the MM layer or layers, and then it is more absorbed by the lower absorbing and reflecting substrate. The remaining reflected radiation is even further absorbed by the MM layers on its "way out_ so that essentially all of the incident radiation is absorbed _ a nearly perfect black-body absorber. In a HFGW detector a substrate, such as foam absorbers, may outgas into a high vacuum and reduce the capability of the vacuum-producing equipment, however, the layers above this lowest substrate will seal the absorbing and reflecting substrate from any external vacuum. The layers also serve to seal the absorbing material against air or water flow past the surfaces of aircraft, watercraft or submarines. Other applications for such a multiple-level radiation absorber include stealth aircraft, missiles and submarines.

Baker, Robert M. L.; Baker, Bonnie Sue

156

Accelerated life testing of solar energy materials: Case study of some selective solar absorber coating materials for DHW systems. A report of task 10 solar materials research and development  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Accelerated life testing offers the possibility to forecast material service life prior to installation. For the development of new components and systems it, thus, opens a possibility for systematic life cost analysis and material selection. The present report documents the results of a joint study aimed at establishing the use and limitations of methods for accelerated life testing applicable to materials used in solar heating and cooling applications. The study was conducted as part of the work in Task 10 'Solar Materials Research and Development' of the International Energy Agency Solar Heating and Cooling Program. The work was organized as a case study in which four commercially-available selective absorber materials were selected for study. These materials are used in single-glazed flat plate solar collectors for domestic hot water production.

Carlsson, Bo; Koehl, Michael; Frei, Ulrich; Moeller, Kenneth

1994-02-01

157

Radar Entomology  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

Radar tracking used to profile insect migration, mating and flight patterns. Many links to various pages include current workers in radar entomology, historical uses of the technology, and many images.

0000-00-00

158

Radar principles  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Discussed here is a kind of radar called atmospheric radar, which has as its target clear air echoes from the earth's atmosphere produced by fluctuations of the atmospheric index of refraction. Topics reviewed include the vertical structure of the atmosphere, the radio refractive index and its fluctuations, the radar equation (a relation between transmitted and received power), radar equations for distributed targets and spectral echoes, near field correction, pulsed waveforms, the Doppler principle, and velocity field measurements.

Sato, Toru

1989-01-01

159

Material Property Estimation for Direct Detection of DNAPL using Integrated Ground-Penetrating Radar Velocity, Imaging and Attribute Analysis  

SciTech Connect

The focus of our work is direct detection of DNAPLs, specifically chlorinated solvents, via material property estimation from surface ground-penetrating radar (GPR) data. We combine sophisticated GPR processing methodology with quantitative attribute analysis and material property estimation to determine the location and extent of residual and/or pooled DNAPL in both the vadose and saturated zones. An important byproduct of our research is state-of-the-art imaging which allows us to pinpoint attribute anomalies, characterize stratigraphy, identify fracture zones, and locate buried objects. Implementation and verification of these methodologies will be a significant advance in GPR research and in meeting DOE's need for reliable in-situ characterization of DNAPL contamination. Chlorinated solvents have much lower electric permittivity and conductivity than water. An electrical property contrast is induced when solvents displace water in the sediment column resulting in an anomalous GPR signature. To directly identify zones of DNAPL contamination, we focus on three aspects of reflected wave behavior--propagation velocity, frequency dependent attenuation, and amplitude variation with offset (AVO). Velocity analysis provides a direct estimate of electric permittivity, attenuation analysis provides a measure of conductivity, and AVO behavior is used to estimate the permittivity ratio at a reflecting boundary. Areas of anomalously low electric permittivity and conductivity are identified as potential DNAPL rich zones. Preliminary work illustrated significant potential for quantitative direct detection methodologies in identifying shallow DNAPL source zones. It is now necessary to verify these methodologies in a field setting. To this end, the project is field oriented and has three primary objectives: (1) Develop a suite of methodologies for direct detection of DNAPLs from surface GPR data (2) Controlled field verification at well characterized, contaminated sites (3) Exploratory contaminant detection in a field setting to be verified through direct sampling Field experiments are being conducted at the Savannah River and Hanford sites, and five DOD sites (Dover AFB, DE; McClellan AFB, CA; Port Hueneme, CA; Wurtsmith AFB, MI; Hill AFB, UT).

Bradford, John; Smithson, Scott B.; Holbrook, Stephen

2001-06-01

160

Low temperature selective absorber research  

Microsoft Academic Search

Research carried out since 1979 on selective absorbers is surveyed, with particular attention given to the low-temperature coatings seen as promising for flat plate and evacuated tube applications. The most thoroughly investigated absorber is black chrome, which is highly selective and is the most durable low-temperature absorber. It is believed that other materials, because of their low cost and lower

S. A. Herzenberg; R. Silberglitt

1982-01-01

161

Light scattering by dust particles (PROGRA2 experiment): size and structure effects for transparent and absorbing materials  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

1- Introduction Cometary and possibly interplanetary dust particles seem to be mainly made of agglomerates of submicron and micron-sized grains. These particles are among the most primitive in our solar system. Regoliths on asteroidal and planetary surfaces seem to be loose materials produced by impinging meteorites on the surface of small bodies. Comparing their physical properties is thus fundamental to understand their evolution. To interpret remote observations of solar light scattered by dust particles and regoliths, it is necessary to use numerical and experimental simulations [1,2,3]. 2- PROGRA2 experiment PROGRA2 instruments are polarimeters; the light sources are two randomly polarized lasers (632.8 nm and 543.5 nm). Levitating particles (in microgravity or lifted by an air-draught) are studied by imaging polarimetry. Details on the instruments can be found in [4,5]. 3- Samples Two kinds of samples are studied: compact particles in the (1-400) micrometer size range and fluffy aggregates in the same size range, made from submicron and micronsized grains. The materials are transparent silica and absorbing carbon. Some deposited particles are huge agglomerates of micron-sized grains produced by random ballistic deposition of single grains [6,7] or produced by evaporation of mixtures in alcohol of fluffy aggregates of submicron-sized grains. Two samples are made of silica spheres coated by a carbonaceous black compound. Cometary analogues are mixtures of silica and amorphous carbon or Mg-Fe silicates mixed with amorphous carbon. 4- Results Phase curves and their main parameters (negative polarization at small phase angles and maximum polarization, Pmax, at 90-100° phase angle) for the different materials will be compared and related to the physical properties. For example, it is well known by numerical simulations and/or by experiments that the maximum polarization decreases when the size (submicrometer range) of the grains increases [2,8,9]. An inverse rule is found for compact grains, larger than the wavelength. Mixtures of fluffy silica and fined grained amorphous carbon or better Mg-Fe silicates with amorphous carbon are excellent cometary particles analogues (as light scattering is concerned) if they are mixed with some compact micron-sized grains [9]. Nevertheless the structure of the aggregates seems to play a major role to obtain the negative branch found on the polarimetric phase curves for comets [10]. 5- Discussion and conclusions The experiments purpose is to help to disentangle the different physical properties of dust particles that can be deduced from remote observations (cometary dust, regoliths). Differences between the main parameters influencing the variations of Pmax and the presence of a negative branch on the polarimetric phase curves for lifted and deposited particles (in huge agglomerates or not) will be discussed. Acknowledgments: Technische Universität Carolo-Wilhelmina, Braunschweig, Deutschland (Pr Blum, Dr Schräpler); University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, USA (Pr Rietmeijer); NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland, USA (Dr Nuth) References [1] A.C. Levasseur-Regourd, E. Hadamcik, JQSRT 79-80, 903 (2003) [2] J. Lasue, A.C. Levasseur-Regourd, JQSRT 100, 220 (2006) [3] J.-B. Renard et al., ASR 31, 2511 (2003) [4] J.-B. Renard et al., Appl. Opt. 91, 609 (2002) [5] E. Hadamcik et al., JQSRT 106, 74 (2007) [6] J. Blum, R. Schreapler, Phys. Rev Let 93:115031 (2004) [7] J. Blum et al., Astrophys J 652, 1768 (2006) [8] R. West, Appl. Opt. 30, 5216 (1991) [9] E. Hadamcik et al., JQSRT 100, 143 (2006) [10] E. Hadamcik et al., Icarus, in press (2007)

Hadamcik, E.; Renard, J.-B.; Lasue, J.; Levasseur-Regourd, A. C.

2007-08-01

162

Design and realization of one-dimensional double hetero-structure photonic crystals for infrared-radar stealth-compatible materials applications  

SciTech Connect

In this paper, a new type one-dimensional (1D) double hetero-structure composite photonic crystal (CPC) for infrared-radar stealth-compatible materials applications was proposed and studied numerically and experimentally. First, based on transfer matrix method of thin-film optical theory, the propagation characteristics of the proposed structure comprising a stack of different alternating micrometer-thick layers of germanium and zinc sulfide were investigated numerically. Calculation results exhibit that this 1D single hetero-structure PC could achieve a flat high reflectivity gradually with increasing the number of the alternating media layers in a single broadband range. Then, based on principles of distributed Bragg reflector micro-cavity, a 1D double hetero-structure CPC comprising four PCs with thickness of 0.797??m, 0.592??m, 1.480??m, and 2.114??m, respectively, was proposed. Calculation results exhibit that this CPC could achieve a high reflectance of greater than 0.99 in the wavelength ranges of 3–5??m and 8–14??m and agreed well with experiment. Further experiments exhibit that the infrared emissivity of the proposed CPC is as low as 0.073 and 0.042 in the wavelength ranges of 3–5??m and 8–12??m, respectively. In addition, the proposed CPC can be used to construct infrared-radar stealth-compatible materials due to its high transmittance in radar wave band.

Wang, Zhixun; Cheng, Yongzhi, E-mail: cyz0715@126.com; Nie, Yan; Wang, Xian; Gong, Rongzhou, E-mail: rzhgong@mail.hust.edu.cn [School of Optical and Electronic Information, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074 (China)

2014-08-07

163

Dependence of Yb-169 absorbed dose energy correction factors on self-attenuation in source material and photon buildup in water  

SciTech Connect

Purpose: Absorbed dose energy correction factors, used to convert the absorbed dose deposited in a LiF thermoluminescent dosimeter (TLD) into the clinically relevant absorbed dose to water, were obtained for both spherical volumetric sources and for the model 4140 HDR Yb-169 source. These correction factors have a strong energy dependence below 200 keV; therefore, spectral changes were quantified as Yb-169 photons traveled through both source material (Yb{sub 2}O{sub 3}) and water with the corresponding absorbed dose energy correction factors, f(r,{theta}), calculated as a function of location in a phantom. Methods: Using the MCNP5 Monte Carlo radiation transport simulation program, the Yb-169 spectrum emerging from spherical Yb{sub 2}O{sub 3} sources (density 6.9 g/cm{sup 3}) with radii between 0.2 and 0.9 mm were analyzed and their behavior compared against those for a point-source. The absorbed dose deposited to both LiF and H{sub 2}O materials was analyzed at phantom depths of 0.1-10 cm for each source radius and the absorbed dose energy correction factor calculated as the ratio of the absorbed dose to water to that of LiF. Absorbed dose energy correction factors for the Model 4140 Yb-169 HDR brachytherapy source similarly were obtained and compared against those calculated for the Model M-19 Ir-192 HDR source. Results: The Yb-169 average spectral energy, emerging from Yb{sub 2}O{sub 3} spherical sources 0.2-0.9 mm in radius, was observed to harden from 7% to 29%; as these photons traveled through the water phantom, the photon average energy softened by as much as 28% at a depth of 10 cm. Spectral softening was dependent on the measurement depth in the phantom. Energy correction factors were found to vary both as a function of source radius and phantom depth by as much as 10% for spherical Yb{sub 2}O{sub 3} sources. The Model 4140 Yb-169 energy correction factors depended on both phantom depth and reference angle and were found to vary by more than 10% between depths of 1 and 10 cm and angles of 0 deg. and 180 deg. This was in contrast to that of the Model M-19 Ir-192 source which exhibited approximately 3.5%-4.4% variation in its energy correction factors from phantom depths of 0.5-10 cm. The absorbed dose energy correction factor for the Ir-192 source, on the other hand, was independent of angle to within 1%. Conclusions: The application of a single energy correction factor for Yb-169 TLD based dosimetry would introduce a high degree of measurement uncertainty that may not be reasonable for the clinical characterization of a brachytherapy source; rather, an absorbed dose energy correction function will need to be developed for these sources. This correction function should be specific to each source model, type of TLD used, and to the experimental setup to obtain accurate and precise dosimetric measurements.

Medich, David C.; Munro, John J. III [Radiation Laboratory, University of Massachusetts Lowell, 1 University Avenue, Lowell, Massachusetts 01854 (United States); Source Production and Equipment Co., Inc., 113 Teal Street, St. Rose, Louisiana 70087 (United States)

2010-05-15

164

Material Property Estimation for Direct Detections of DNAPL using Integrated Ground-Penetrating Radar Velocity, Imaging and Attribute Analysis  

SciTech Connect

The focus of our work is direct detection of DNAPLs, specifically chlorinated solvents, via material property estimation from surface ground-penetrating radar (GPR) data. We combine sophisticated GPR processing methodology with quantitative attribute analysis and material property estimation to determine the location and extent of residual and/or pooled DNAPL in both the vadose and saturated zones. An important byproduct of our research is state-of-the-art imaging which allows us to pinpoint attribute anomalies, characterize stratigraphy, identify fracture zones, and locate buried objects. Implementation and verification of these methodologies will be a significant advance in GPR research and in meeting DOE's need for reliable in-situ characterization of DNAPL contamination. Chlorinated solvents have much lower electric permittivity and conductivity than water. An electrical property contrast is induced when solvents displace water in the sediment column resulting in an anomalous GPR signature. To directly identify zones of DNAPL contamination, we focus on three aspects of reflected wave behavior--propagation velocity, frequency dependent attenuation, and amplitude variation with offset (AVO). Velocity analysis provides a direct estimate of electric permittivity, attenuation analysis provides a measure of conductivity, and AVO behavior is used to estimate the permittivity ratio at a reflecting boundary. Areas of anomalously low electric permittivity and conductivity are identified as potential DNAPL rich zones. Preliminary work illustrated significant potential for quantitative direct detection methodologies in identifying shallow DNAPL source zones. It is now necessary to verify these methodologies in a field setting. To this end, the project is field oriented and has three primary objectives: (1) Develop a suite of methodologies for direct detection of DNAPLs from surface GPR data (2) Controlled field verification at well characterized, contaminated sites (3) Exploratory contaminant detection in a field setting to be verified through direct sampling Field experiments are being conducted at the Savannah River and Hanford sites, at five DOD sites (Dover AFB, DE; McClellan AFB, CA; Port Hueneme, CA; Wurtsmith AFB, MI; Hill AFB, UT), at a former refinery site near Cincinnati, Ohio, and at a creosote wood preserving site in Fayetville, NC.

Bradford, John; Smithson, Scott B.; Holbrook, W. Stephen

2004-06-14

165

Material Property Estimation for Direct Detection of DNAPL using Integrated Ground-Penetrating Radar Velocity, Imaging and Attribute Analysis  

SciTech Connect

The focus of our work is direct detection of DNAPLs, specifically chlorinated solvents, via material property estimation from surface ground-penetrating radar (GPR) data. We combine sophisticated GPR processing methodology with quantitative attribute analysis and material property estimation to determine the location and extent of residual and/or pooled DNAPL in both the vadose and saturated zones. An important byproduct of our research is state-of-the-art imaging which allows us to pinpoint attribute anomalies, characterize stratigraphy, identify fracture zones, and locate buried objects. Implementation and verification of these methodologies will be a significant advance in GPR research and in meeting DOE's need for reliable in-situ characterization of DNAPL contamination. Chlorinated solvents have much lower electric permittivity and conductivity than water. An electrical property contrast is induced when solvents displace water in the sediment column resulting in an anomalous GPR signature. To directly identify zones of DNAPL contamination, we focus on three aspects of reflected wave behavior--propagation velocity, frequency dependent attenuation, and amplitude variation with offset (AVO). Velocity analysis provides a direct estimate of electric permittivity, attenuation analysis provides a measure of conductivity, and AVO behavior is used to estimate the permittivity ratio at a reflecting boundary. Areas of anomalously low electric permittivity and conductivity are identified as potential DNAPL rich zones. Preliminary work illustrated significant potential for quantitative direct detection methodologies in identifying shallow DNAPL source zones. It is now necessary to verify these methodologies in a field setting. To this end, the project is field oriented and has three primary objectives: (1) Develop a suite of methodologies for direct detection of DNAPLs from surface GPR data (2) Controlled field verification at well characterized, contaminated sites (3) Exploratory contaminant detection in a field setting to be verified through direct sampling Field experiments are being conducted at the Savannah River and Hanford sites, at five DOD sites (Dover AFB, DE; McClellan AFB, CA; Port Hueneme, CA; Wurtsmith AFB, MI; Hill AFB, UT), at a former refinery site near Cincinnati, Ohio, and at a creosote wood preserving site in Fayetville, NC.

Bradford, John; Smithson, Scott B.; Holbrook, W. Stephen

2003-06-01

166

Development of BaAlxFe12-xO19-NPR nanocomposite as an efficient absorbing material in the X-band  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

An efficient BaAlxFe12-xO19- novolac phenolic resin (NPR) nanocomposite material is developed to use as absorbing material in the X band. The material developed has a hexagonal structure of nanosize aluminium substituted barium ferrite, as is confirmed by X-ray diffraction pattern studies. The average grain size of barium nanoparticles is found to be ~26 nm. Measurement of complex permittivity and complex permeability in the X-band indicates increase of the properties with increase in Al3+ ions in the ferrite. A measured absorption study has been carried out on absorber fabricated on a metal backing based on the transmission line theory. Substitution of Fe3+ with Al3+ is found to increase the absorption properties of barium ferrite. Reflection loss measurement of the samples shows an enhancement of absorption from -27.56 dB to -40.06 dB with the variation of Al3+ substitution, x=1.0-1.6 in the BaAlxFe12-xO19 in NPR matrix.

Ozah, S.; Bhattacharyya, N. S.

2015-01-01

167

Spaceborne radar  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The spaceborne radar panel considered how radar could be used to measure precipitation from satellites. The emphasis was on how radar could be used with radiometry (at microwave, visible (VIS), and infrared (IR) wavelengths) to reduce the uncertainties of measuring precipitation with radiometry alone. In addition, the fundamental electromagnetic interactions involved in the measurements were discussed to determine the key work areas for research and development to produce effective instruments. Various approaches to implementing radar systems on satellites were considered for both shared and dedicated instruments. Finally, a research and development strategy was proposed for establishing the parametric relations and retrieval algorithms required for extracting precipitation information from the radar and associated radiometric data.

Moore, R. K.; Eckerman, J.; Meneghini, R.; Atlas, D.; Boerner, W. M.; Cherry, S.; Clark, J. F.; Doviak, R. J.; Goldhirsh, J.; Lhermitte, R. M.

1981-01-01

168

Sound Absorbers  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Sound absorption indicates the transformation of sound energy into heat. It is, for instance, employed to design the acoustics in rooms. The noise emitted by machinery and plants shall be reduced before arriving at a workplace; auditoria such as lecture rooms or concert halls require a certain reverberation time. Such design goals are realised by installing absorbing components at the walls with well-defined absorption characteristics, which are adjusted for corresponding demands. Sound absorbers also play an important role in acoustic capsules, ducts and screens to avoid sound immission from noise intensive environments into the neighbourhood.

Fuchs, H. V.; Möser, M.

169

Spatial-spectral processing for imaging systems: Multibeam RF imaging and radar systems using spectral hole burning materials  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Systems which form many spatial beams (beamformers) for the RF and microwave spectral bands output either a few simultaneous spatial beams across a wide bandwidth---using true-time-delay beamformers---or many simultaneous spatial beams across a moderate bandwidth---using digital aperture synthesis imagers. The simultaneous spatial beams in true-time-delay beamformers require parallel hardware while digital aperture synthesis imagers requires both high speed digitizers and huge digital processors. Moreover; each output beam is typically processed further by a spectrum analyzer or a radar processor. Simultaneous formation and processing of all spatial beams is intractable for wide bandwidths and many beams. This dissertation develops and demonstrates a new class of photonic processing architectures which form and process many simultaneous, wide bandwidth spatial beams. These photonic architectures modulate RF signals from an emulated array of antennas onto an array of coherent optical carriers. I show the theory, the methods, and the results for systems which use Fourier optics and spectral hole burning (SHB) crystals; the demonstrated applications are: wideband RF imaging, Doppler radar, and multi-static radar applications. Proof-of-concept results show 20-beam RF images across a 1 GHz bandwidth and 20-beam radar correlations across bandwidths up to 150 MHz, but these systems can be scaled to process antenna arrays with thousands of beams across bandwidths up to 20 GHz. While these systems can process wide bandwidths for large antenna arrays, I also show an analysis that claims these systems can offer sensitivity levels comparable to other digital or analog beamformers.

Braker, Benjamin M.

170

Theoretical and experimental study of the diffuse transmission of light through highly concentrated absorbing and scattering materials. Part I: Monte-Carlo simulations  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

In many technical materials and commercial products like sunscreen or paint high particle and absorber concentrations are present. An important parameter for slabs of these materials is the diffuse transmission of light, which quantifies the total amount of directly and diffusely transmitted light. Due to the high content of scattering particles not only multiple scattering but also additional dependent scattering occurs. Hence, simple analytical models cannot be applied to calculate the diffuse transmission. In this work a Monte-Carlo program for the calculation of the diffuse transmission of light through dispersions in slab-like geometry containing high concentrations of scattering particles and absorbers is presented and discussed in detail. Mie theory is applied for the calculation of the scattering properties of the samples. Additionally, dependent scattering is considered in two different models, the well-known hard sphere model in the Percus-Yevick approximation (HSPYA) and the Yukawa model in the Mean Spherical Approximation (YMSA). Comparative experiments will show the accurateness of the program as well as its applicability to real samples [1].

Bressel, L.; Reich, O.

2014-10-01

171

Broadband patterned magnetic microwave absorber  

SciTech Connect

It is a tough task to greatly improve the working bandwidth for the traditional flat microwave absorbers because of the restriction of available material parameters. In this work, a simple patterning method is proposed to drastically broaden the absorption bandwidth of a conventional magnetic absorber. As a demonstration, an ultra-broadband microwave absorber with more than 90% absorption in the frequency range of 4–40 GHz is designed and experimentally realized, which has a thin thickness of 3.7?mm and a light weight equivalent to a 2-mm-thick flat absorber. In such a patterned absorber, the broadband strong absorption is mainly originated from the simultaneous incorporation of multiple ?/4 resonances and edge diffraction effects. This work provides a facile route to greatly extend the microwave absorption bandwidth for the currently available absorbing materials.

Li, Wei; Wu, Tianlong; Wang, Wei; Guan, Jianguo, E-mail: guanjg@whut.edu.cn [State Key Lab of Advanced Technology for Materials Synthesis and Processing, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan 430070 (China); Zhai, Pengcheng [School of Science, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan 430070 (China)

2014-07-28

172

Broadband patterned magnetic microwave absorber  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

It is a tough task to greatly improve the working bandwidth for the traditional flat microwave absorbers because of the restriction of available material parameters. In this work, a simple patterning method is proposed to drastically broaden the absorption bandwidth of a conventional magnetic absorber. As a demonstration, an ultra-broadband microwave absorber with more than 90% absorption in the frequency range of 4-40 GHz is designed and experimentally realized, which has a thin thickness of 3.7 mm and a light weight equivalent to a 2-mm-thick flat absorber. In such a patterned absorber, the broadband strong absorption is mainly originated from the simultaneous incorporation of multiple ?/4 resonances and edge diffraction effects. This work provides a facile route to greatly extend the microwave absorption bandwidth for the currently available absorbing materials.

Li, Wei; Wu, Tianlong; Wang, Wei; Zhai, Pengcheng; Guan, Jianguo

2014-07-01

173

Neutron Absorbing Alloys  

DOEpatents

The present invention is drawn to new classes of advanced neutron absorbing structural materials for use in spent nuclear fuel applications requiring structural strength, weldability, and long term corrosion resistance. Particularly, an austenitic stainless steel alloy containing gadolinium and less than 5% of a ferrite content is disclosed. Additionally, a nickel-based alloy containing gadolinium and greater than 50% nickel is also disclosed.

Mizia, Ronald E. (Idaho Falls, ID); Shaber, Eric L. (Idaho Falls, ID); DuPont, John N. (Whitehall, PA); Robino, Charles V. (Albuquerque, NM); Williams, David B. (Bethlehem, PA)

2004-05-04

174

Measurement of absorbed doses near metal and dental material interfaces irradiated by X- and gamma-ray therapy beams  

Microsoft Academic Search

Soft-tissue damage adjacent to dental restorations is a deleterious side effect of radiation therapy which is associated with low-energy electron scatter from dental materials of high electron density. This study was designed to investigate the enhancement of dose to soft tissue (or water) close to high electron-density materials and to measure the detailed lateral and depth-dose profiles in soft-tissue-simulating polymer

M. Farahani; F. C. Eichmiller; W. L. McLaughlin

1990-01-01

175

Apollo couch energy absorbers  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Load attenuators for the Apollo spacecraft crew couch and its potential applications are described. Energy absorption is achieved through friction and cyclic deformation of material. In one concept, energy absorption is accomplished by rolling a compressed ring of metal between two surfaces. In another concept, energy is absorbed by forcing a plastically deformed washer along a rod. Among the design problems that had to be solved were material selection, fatigue life, ring slippage, lubrication, and friction loading.

Wesselski, C. J.; Drexel, R. E.

1972-01-01

176

Automotive radar  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Radar networks for automtovie short-range applications (up to 30m) based on powerful but inexpensive 24GHz high range resolution pulse or FMCW radar systems have been developed at the Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg. The described system has been integrated in to an experimental vehicle and tested in real street environment. This paper considers the general network design, the individual pulse or FMCW radar sensors, the network signal processing scheme, the tracking procedure and possible automotive applications, respectively. Object position estimation is accomplished by the very precise range measurement of each individual sensor and additional trilateration procedures. The paper concludes with some results obtained in realistic traffic conditions with multiple target situations using 24 GHz radar network.

Rohling, Hermann

2004-07-01

177

Survey of Chinese radars  

Microsoft Academic Search

Open information on about 200 Chinese radars including earlier radars is now available. By number of model types China is an important radar country. This Chinese radar survey paper shows that Chinese radars cover a wide spectrum of civilian and military applications. Chinese civilian radars include air-borne weather avoidance\\/navigation, air traffic control (ASR, ARSR, GCA, SSR), harbor surveillance, industrial applications,

S. L. Johnston

1995-01-01

178

Use of co-combustion bottom ash to design an acoustic absorbing material for highway noise barriers  

SciTech Connect

Highlights: • The particle size of bottom ash influenced the acoustic behavior of the barrier. • The best sound absorption coefficients were measured for larger particle sizes. • The maximum noise absorption is displaced to lower frequencies for higher thickness. • A noise barrier was designed with better properties than commercial products. • Recycling products from bottom ash no present leaching and radioactivity problems. - Abstract: The present study aims to determine and evaluate the applicability of a new product consisting of coal bottom ash mixed with Portland cement in the application of highway noise barriers. In order to effectively recycle the bottom ash, the influence of the grain particle size of bottom ash, the thickness of the panel and the combination of different layers with various particle sizes have been studied, as well as some environmental properties including leachability (EN-12457-4, NEN-7345) and radioactivity tests. Based on the obtained results, the acoustic properties of the final composite material were similar or even better than those found in porous concrete used for the same application. According to this study, the material produced presented no environmental risk.

Arenas, Celia; Leiva, Carlos; Vilches, Luis F. [University of Seville, School of Industrial Engineering, Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Camino de los Descubrimientos s/n, E-41092 Seville (Spain); Cifuentes, Héctor, E-mail: bulte@us.es [University of Seville, School of Industrial Engineering, Continuum Mechanics and Structural Analysis Department, Camino de los Descubrimientos s/n, E-41092 Seville (Spain)

2013-11-15

179

An overview of impulse radar phenomenon  

Microsoft Academic Search

In the ideal situation, impulse radar has a fractional bandwidth of one, allowing it to combine low frequency with wide bandwidth giving at once high resolution and the ability to penetrate lossy materials. After having presented a theoretical definition of impulse radar, the author presents an overview of some issues concerning impulse waveforms on materials. An attempt is made to

David L. Black; Wright-Patterson AFB

1992-01-01

180

Characterization of the Mechanical Strength, Resorption Properties, and Histologic Characteristics of a Fully Absorbable Material (Poly-4-hydroxybutyrate—PHASIX Mesh) in a Porcine Model of Hernia Repair  

PubMed Central

Purpose. Poly-4-hydroxybutyrate (P4HB) is a naturally derived, absorbable polymer. P4HB has been manufactured into PHASIX Mesh and P4HB Plug designs for soft tissue repair. The objective of this study was to evaluate mechanical strength, resorption properties, and histologic characteristics in a porcine model. Methods. Bilateral defects were created in the abdominal wall of n = 20 Yucatan minipigs and repaired in a bridged fashion with PHASIX Mesh or P4HB Plug fixated with SorbaFix or permanent suture, respectively. Mechanical strength, resorption properties, and histologic characteristics were evaluated at 6, 12, 26, and 52 weeks (n = 5 each). Results. PHASIX Mesh and P4HB Plug repairs exhibited similar burst strength, stiffness, and molecular weight at all time points, with no significant differences detected between the two devices (P > 0.05). PHASIX Mesh and P4HB Plug repairs also demonstrated significantly greater burst strength and stiffness than native abdominal wall at all time points (P < 0.05), and material resorption increased significantly over time (P < 0.001). Inflammatory infiltrates were mononuclear, and both devices exhibited mild to moderate granulation tissue/vascularization. Conclusions. PHASIX Mesh and P4HB Plug demonstrated significant mechanical strength compared to native abdominal wall, despite significant material resorption over time. Histological assessment revealed a comparable mild inflammatory response and mild to moderate granulation tissue/vascularization. PMID:23781348

Deeken, Corey R.; Matthews, Brent D.

2013-01-01

181

Radars in space  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The capabilities of active microwave devices operating from space (typically, radar, scatterometers, interferometers, and altimeters) are discussed. General radar parameters and basic radar principles are explained. Applications of these parameters and principles are also explained. Trends in space radar technology, and where space radars and active microwave sensors in orbit are going are discussed.

Delnore, Victor E.

1990-01-01

182

Absorber coatings' degradation  

SciTech Connect

This report is intended to document some of the Los Alamos efforts that have been carried out under the Department of Energy (DOE) Active Heating and Cooling Materials Reliability, Maintainability, and Exposure Testing program. Funding for these activities is obtained directly from DOE although they represent a variety of projects and coordination with other agencies. Major limitations to the use of solar energy are the uncertain reliability and lifetimes of solar systems. This program is aimed at determining material operating limitations, durabilities, and failure modes such that materials improvements can be made and lifetimes can be extended. Although many active and passive materials and systems are being studied at Los Alamos, this paper will concentrate on absorber coatings and degradation of these coatings.

Moore, S.W.

1984-01-01

183

Hyperuniformity of Critical Absorbing States  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The properties of the absorbing states of nonequilibrium models belonging to the conserved directed percolation universality class are studied. We find that, at the critical point, the absorbing states are hyperuniform, exhibiting anomalously small density fluctuations. The exponent characterizing the fluctuations is measured numerically, a scaling relation to other known exponents is suggested, and a new correlation length relating to this ordering is proposed. These results may have relevance to photonic band-gap materials.

Hexner, Daniel; Levine, Dov

2015-03-01

184

Weather Radar Fundamentals  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This 2-hour module presents the fundamental principles of Doppler weather radar operation and how to interpret common weather phenomena using radar imagery. This is accomplished via conceptual animations and many interactive radar examples in which the user can practice interpreting both radar reflectivity and radar velocity imagery. Although intended as an accelerated introduction to understanding and using basic Doppler weather radar products, the module can also serve as an excellent refresher for more experienced users.

2014-09-14

185

4, 14251447, 2004 Radar-optical leonids  

E-print Network

joint optical-radar observations of meteors collected near the peak of the leonid activity in 2002. We of "charged clouds" after the visual meteor is extinguished. 1. Introduction Since the early days of radar. This is mainly a secondary effect; the meteoroid material melts and its droplets are ejected into the atmosphere

Paris-Sud XI, Université de

186

Absorbent product to absorb fluids. [for collection of human wastes  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

A multi-layer absorbent product for use in contact with the skin to absorb fluids is discussed. The product utilizes a water pervious facing layer for contacting the skin, overlayed by a first fibrous wicking layer, the wicking layer preferably being of the one-way variety in which fluid or liquid is moved away from the facing layer. The product further includes a first container section defined by inner and outer layer of a water pervious wicking material between which is disposed a first absorbent mass. A second container section defined by inner and outer layers between which is disposed a second absorbent mass and a liquid impermeable/gas permeable layer. Spacesuit applications are discussed.

Dawn, F. S.; Correale, J. V. (inventors)

1982-01-01

187

Future Trends in Automotive Radar \\/ Imaging Radar  

Microsoft Academic Search

There is a growing interest of car manufacturers in sensors monitoring the car's surrounding area in order to improve safety systems from mere crash survival to crash prediction or prevention by early detection of hazardous situations. Therefore radar sensors have been intensively investigated for many years. A large variety of radar based vehicular sensors have been developed. Narrow-beam radars are

J. Wenger

1998-01-01

188

Characterization of concrete properties from dielectric properties using ground penetrating radar  

SciTech Connect

This paper presents the experimental results of a study of the relationships between light-weight (LWAC) and normal aggregate concrete (NAC) properties, as well as radar wave properties that are derived by using ground penetrating radar (GPR). The former (LWAC) refers to compressive strength, apparent porosity and saturated density, while the latter (NAC) refers to real part of dielectric permittivity ({epsilon}' or real permittivity) and wave energy level (E). Throughout the test period of the newly cast concrete cured for 90 days, the above mentioned material properties gradually changed which can be attributed to the effects of cement hydration, different types of aggregates and initial water to binder ratios. A number of plots describing various properties of concrete such as dielectric, strength and porosity perspectives were established. From these plots, we compare the characteristics of how much and how fast free water was turned to absorbed water in LWAC and NAC. The underlying mechanisms and a mechanistic model are then developed.

Lai, W.L.; Kou, S.C. [Department of Civil and Structural Engineering, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon (Hong Kong); Tsang, W.F. [Department of Building and Real Estate, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon (Hong Kong); Poon, C.S. [Department of Civil and Structural Engineering, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon (Hong Kong)], E-mail: cecspoon@inet.polyu.edu.hk

2009-08-15

189

Absorbent product and articles made therefrom  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

A multilayer absorbent product for use in contact with the skin to absorb fluids is described. The product has a water pervious facing layer for contacting the skin, and a first fibrous wicking layer overlaying the water pervious layer. A first container section is defined by inner and outer layers of a water pervious wicking material in between a first absorbent mass and a second container section defined by inner and outer layers of a water pervious wicking material between what is disposed a second absorbent mass, and a liquid impermeable/gas permeable layer overlaying the second fibrous wicking layer.

Dawn, F. S.; Correale, J. V. (inventors)

1982-01-01

190

Active Absorbers M. Rousseaua  

E-print Network

Introduction An active acoustic absorber must sense the sound field in a room, and generate a signal to absorbActive Absorbers M. Rousseaua and J. Vanderkooyb a B&W Group ltd., Elm Grove Lane, BN44 3SA explores the use of bass loudspeakers as both acoustic sources and broadband absorbers. We develop

Paris-Sud XI, Université de

191

Perfect Metamaterial Absorber  

Microsoft Academic Search

We present the design for an absorbing metamaterial (MM) with near unity absorbance A(omega). Our structure consists of two MM resonators that couple separately to electric and magnetic fields so as to absorb all incident radiation within a single unit cell layer. We fabricate, characterize, and analyze a MM absorber with a slightly lower predicted A(omega) of 96%. Unlike conventional

N. I. Landy; S. Sajuyigbe; J. J. Mock; D. R. Smith; W. J. Padilla

2008-01-01

192

First radar echoes from cumulus clouds  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

In attempting to use centimeter-wavelength radars to investigate the early stage of precipitation formation in clouds, 'mantle echoes' are rediscovered and shown to come mostly from scattering by small-scale variations in refractive index, a Bragg kind of scattering mechanism. This limits the usefulness of single-wavelength radar for studies of hydrometeor growth, according to data on summer cumulus clouds in North Dakota, Hawaii, and Florida, to values of reflectivity factor above about 10 dBZe with 10-cm radar, 0 dBZe with 5-cm radar, and -10 dBZe with 3-cm radar. These are limits at or above which the backscattered radar signal from the kinds of clouds observed can be assumed to be almost entirely from hydrometeors or (rarely) other particulate material such as insects. Dual-wavelength radar data can provide the desired information about hydrometeors at very low reflectivity levels if assumptions can be made about the inhomogeneities responsible for the Bragg scattering. The Bragg scattering signal itself probably will be a useful way to probe inhomogeneities one-half the radar wavelength in scale for studying cloud entrainment and mixing processes. However, this use is possible only before scattering from hydrometeors dominates the radar return.

Knight, Charles A.; Miller, L. J.

1993-01-01

193

Neutron absorbers and methods of forming at least a portion of a neutron absorber  

DOEpatents

Methods of forming at least a portion of a neutron absorber include combining a first material and a second material to form a compound, reducing the compound into a plurality of particles, mixing the plurality of particles with a third material, and pressing the mixture of the plurality of particles and the third material. One or more components of neutron absorbers may be formed by such methods. Neutron absorbers may include a composite material including an intermetallic compound comprising hafnium aluminide and a matrix material comprising pure aluminum.

Guillen, Donna P; Porter, Douglas L; Swank, W David; Erickson, Arnold W

2014-12-02

194

Topics for a statistical description of radar cross section  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A comprehensive guide to the statistical description of radar cross section (RCS) is presented. The topics discussed include: definition of field quantities and Maxwell's equations, constitutive relations, boundary conditions and surface currents, Green's functions, diffraction of a plane wave by a perfectly absorbing half-plane, asymptotic approximation methods, and diffraction approximation methods. Also considered are: numerical approximations and numerical methods, RCS measurements, RCS of simple and complex shapes, new method for comparing experimental and theoretical data, elements of detection theory, impedance boundary condition, reflection and transmission, stratified media, gyroelectromagnetic layers, and the inverse problem for biaxial materials. As examples, the 727 at 0.94 GHz and the Firebee at 9.0 GHz are examined.

Maffett, Andrew Lewis

195

The Radar Image Generation (RIG) model  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

RIG is a modeling system which creates synthetic aperture radar (SAR) and inverse SAR images from 3-D faceted data bases. RIG is based on a physical optics model and includes the effects of multiple reflections. Both conducting and dielectric surfaces can be modeled; each surface is labeled with a material code which is an index into a data base of electromagnetic properties. The inputs to the program include the radar processing parameters, the target orientation, the sensor velocity, and (for inverse SAR) the target angle rates. The current version of RIG can be run on any workstation, however, it is not a real-time model. We are considering several approaches to enable the program to generate realtime radar imagery. In addition to its image generation function, RIG can also generate radar cross-section (RCS) plots as well as range and doppler radar return profiles.

Stenger, Anthony J.

1993-01-01

196

Magneto-Radar Hidden Metal Detector  

DOEpatents

A varying magnetic field excites slight vibrations in an object and a radar sensor detects the vibrations at a harmonic of the excitation frequency. The synergy of the magnetic excitation and radar detection provides increased detection range compared to conventional magnetic metal detectors. The radar rejects background clutter by responding only to reflecting objects that are vibrating at a harmonic excitation field, thereby significantly improving detection reliability. As an exemplary arrangement, an ultra-wideband micropower impulse radar (MIR) is capable of being employed to provide superior materials penetration while providing range information. The magneto-radar may be applied to pre-screening magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) patients, landmine detection and finding hidden treasures.

McEwan, Thomas E. (Las Vegas, NV)

2005-07-05

197

Phenolic laminate solar absorber panel and method of making  

Microsoft Academic Search

A solar flat plate absorber panel is molded from a laminate consisting of a suitable web material impregnated with a thermosetting phenolic resin. The absorber plate is pressure formed from superimposed layers of material and mold-cured to produce a unitary structure having a first or solar radiation absorbing surface on one side and an integral closed hollow lattice work of

Severson

1979-01-01

198

Highly efficient special sound absorbing solutions  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Highly efficient special sound absorbing structures with the following criteria are considered: (1) A distribution surface of the sound absorbing material greater than that of the building element on which the structure is placed; (2) The highest possible absorption coefficient in the widest possible frequency band; and (3) adaptability to different construction and aesthetic conditions.

Ionescu, M.; Petre-Lazar, S.

1974-01-01

199

Black nickel selective absorber, optimization of parameters  

Microsoft Academic Search

Electroplated black nickel selective absorber is one of the most commercially used element of solar energy systems. Electrodeposition parameters such as time of deposition, pH, current density, electrolyte temperature should be optimized to produce the most efficient selective absorber. The topology of the substrate material is very effective on selectivity and it should also be optimized. In this study, by

B. Akinoglu; V. Cercioglu; A. Ecevit

1983-01-01

200

Sustainable acoustic absorbers from the biomass  

Microsoft Academic Search

There is currently considerable interest in developing sustainable absorbers, either from biomass materials or recycled materials, and it is the former that is the subject of this paper. A number of potential candidate materials are available from the biomass in the form of organic fibres. Non-fibrous materials, such as configurations of whole straw or reed, can also act as sound

David J. Oldham; Christopher A. Egan; Richard D. Cookson

2011-01-01

201

Method for absorbing an ion from a fluid  

DOEpatents

A method for absorbing an ion from a fluid by using dispersing an organic acid into an anion surfactant solution, mixing in a divalent-metal containing compound and a trivalent-metal containing compound and calcining the resulting solid layered double hydroxide product to form an absorbent material and then contacting the absorbent material with an aqueous solution of cations or anions to be absorbed.

Gao, Huizhen (Carlsbad, NM); Wang, Yifeng (Albuquerque, NM); Bryan, Charles R. (Albuquerque, NM)

2007-07-03

202

Remorque RADAR Description technique  

E-print Network

ANNEXE: Remorque RADAR Description technique Le but de la remorque est de transporter un RADAR et pour héberger l'électronique radar et son opérateur. Caractéristiques générales de la remorque : · PTC'un côté, une baie de l'autre. Un hublot sur le toit et une baie donnant sur la partie RADAR. Un plafonnier

Heurteaux, Yanick

203

Energy absorber uses expanded coiled tube  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Mechanical shock mitigating device, based on working material to its failure point, absorbs mechanical energy by bending or twisting tubing. It functions under axial or tangential loading, has no rebound, is area independent, and is easy and inexpensive to build.

Johnson, E. F.

1972-01-01

204

Synthetic aperture radar interferometry  

Microsoft Academic Search

Synthetic aperture radar interferometry is an imaging technique for measuring the topography of a surface, its changes over time, and other changes in the detailed characteristic of the surface. By exploiting the phase of the coherent radar signal, interferometry has transformed radar remote sensing from a largely interpretive science to a quantitative tool, with applications in cartography, geodesy, land cover

PAUL A. ROSEN; SCOTT HENSLEY; IAN R. JOUGHIN; FUK K. LI; SØREN N. MADSEN; ERNESTO RODRÍGUEZ; RICHARD M. GOLDSTEIN

2000-01-01

205

Radar Meteorology Tutorial  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

Brian McNoldy at Multi-community Environmental Storm Observatory (MESO) educates the public about the use of radar in meteorology in this pdf document. After reading about the history of radar, visitors can find out how radar can detect storms by transmitting a high-power beam of radiation. Students can learn how scatter, absorption, frequencies, scan angles, and moments impact the radar display. With the help of many example images, the author also discusses how to interpret the images collected. At the end of the online document, visitors can learn about the characteristics and capabilities of NEXRAD WSR-88D, the radar used throughout the United States.

McNoldy, Brian

206

Shock absorber control system  

SciTech Connect

A shock absorber control system is described for controlling a dampening force of a shock absorber of a vehicle comprising: setting means for setting a desired dampening force changeable within a predetermined range; drive means for driving the shock absorber to change the dampening force of the shock absorber linearly; control means for controlling the drive means in accordance with the desired dampening force when the setting of the desired dampening force has been changed; detecting means for detecting an actual dampening force of the shock absorber; and correcting means for correcting the dampening force of the shock absorber by controlling the drive means in accordance with a difference between the desired dampening force and the detected actual dampening force.

Nakano, Y.; Ohira, M.; Ushida, M.; Miyagawa, T.; Shimodaira, T.

1987-01-13

207

Externally tuned vibration absorber  

DOEpatents

A vibration absorber unit or units are mounted on the exterior housing of a hydraulic drive system of the type that is powered from a pressure wave generated, e.g., by a Stirling engine. The hydraulic drive system employs a piston which is hydraulically driven to oscillate in a direction perpendicular to the axis of the hydraulic drive system. The vibration absorbers each include a spring or other resilient member having one side affixed to the housing and another side to which an absorber mass is affixed. In a preferred embodiment, a pair of vibration absorbers is employed, each absorber being formed of a pair of leaf spring assemblies, between which the absorber mass is suspended.

Vincent, Ronald J. (Latham, NY)

1987-09-22

208

Modelling Absorbent Phenomena of Absorbent Structure  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Absorption, retention and strike through time, as evaluating criteria of absorbent structures quality were studied. Determination of influent parameters on these criteria were realized by using the design method of experimental sets. In this study, the studied parameters are: Super absorbent polymer (SAP)/fluff ratio, compression and the porosity of the non woven used as a cover stock. Absorption capacity and retention are mostly influenced by SAP/fluff ratio. However, strike through time is affected by compression. Thus, a modelling of these characteristics in function of the important parameter was established.

Sayeb, S.; Ladhari, N.; Ben Hassen, M.; Sakli, F.

209

2. VIEW SOUTHWEST, prime search radar tower, height finder radar ...  

Library of Congress Historic Buildings Survey, Historic Engineering Record, Historic Landscapes Survey

2. VIEW SOUTHWEST, prime search radar tower, height finder radar towards, height finder radar towers, and radar tower (unknown function) - Fort Custer Military Reservation, P-67 Radar Station, .25 mile north of Dickman Road, east of Clark Road, Battle Creek, Calhoun County, MI

210

Selection of neutron-absorbing materials to improve the low-energy response of a Zr-based extended neutron monitor using Monte Carlo simulations.  

PubMed

Monte Carlo simulations have been carried out using the FLUKA code to improve the neutron ambient dose equivalent [H*(10)] response of the ZReC (zirconium-lined portable neutron counter responding satisfactorily to neutrons up to 1 GeV) by introducing various neutron absorbers in the system such as cadmium, gadolinium, natural boron, enriched (10)B and borated polythene. It was found that ZReC can be effectively used as a portable neutron monitor by introducing any one of the following perforated layers: 5 mm thick natural boron, 0.5 mm thick enriched (10)B or 1 cm high-density polythene mixed with 50 % boron by weight. The integral response of the instrument was also calculated for some typical reference neutron fields. The relative ambient dose equivalent response of the said system is also found comparable with that of the existing LINUS neutron monitor. PMID:24891404

Biju, K; Sunil, C; Tripathy, S P; Joshi, D S; Bandyopadhyay, T; Sarkar, P K

2015-02-01

211

Infrared temperature measurements on solar trough absorber tubes  

Microsoft Academic Search

The temperature distribution on solar trough absorber tubes determines thermal losses and hotspots can lead to material stress and limit absorber tube lifetime. The concentrated solar radiation, however, makes it difficult to determine the temperature on solar absorbers. Temperature sensors that require contact to the measurement object are not appropriate and even pyrometry fails, when external light sources interfere. Only

Markus Pfänder; Eckhard Lüpfert; Paul Pistor

2007-01-01

212

Radar Absorbers Based on Frequency Selective Surfaces on Perforated Substrates  

Microsoft Academic Search

A new type of metamaterials is introduced which can be fabricated by printing metal patches on inhomogeneous, periodic substrates. Such structures without periodic substrate are known as Frequency Selective Surfaces (FSS) but they are more promising for EMC shielding than common FSS structures because both the effective dielectric permittivity and loss of the substrate can be controlled. A numerical method

Arya Fallahi; Matthew Mishrikey; Christian Hafner; Rüdiger Vahldieck

213

Radar Imaging Systems Joseph Charpentier  

E-print Network

Radar Imaging Systems Joseph Charpentier Department of Computing Sciences Villanova University types of radar imaging systems; synthetic aperture radar (SAR), through-the-wall radar, and digital holographic near field radar. Each system surveyed experiments that improved the quality of the resulting

214

Porous metal absorbers for underwater sound.  

PubMed

Rubber has traditionally been used for underwater sound absorption. Porous metal is a relatively lightweight material and also has higher strength than rubber. However, exactly how porous metals can be used as effective underwater sound absorbers remains unclear. This paper shows how to use porous metal absorbers so that they work well under water, even under fairly constrained conditions. A method of nondimensional analysis is proposed that allows identification of vital characteristics. This means that such characteristics can be varied and the absorbers themselves filled with different types of viscous fluids. Such analysis suggests that the sound absorption coefficient of porous metals does not always increase when there are either increases in porosity or decreases in average pore size. The same method of analysis can show how, by choice of the right characteristics to choose a suitable viscous fluid, a porous metal absorber can be built that takes up little space but still effectively absorbs underwater sounds at low frequencies. PMID:18189554

Wang, Xiaolin

2007-11-01

215

Solar sustained plasma/absorber conceptual design  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

A space power system concept was evaluated which uses concentrated solar energy to heat a working fluid to temperatures as high as 4000 K. The high temperature working fluid could be used for efficient electric power production in advanced thermal or magnetohydrodynamic conversion cycles. Energy absorber configurations utilizing particles or cesium vapor absorber material were investigaed. Results of detailed radiant heat transfer calculations indicated approximately 86 percent of the incident solar energy could be absorbed within a 12-cm-dia flowing stream of gas borne carbon particles. Calculated total energy absorption in the cesium vapor seeded absorber configuration ranged from 34 percent to 64 percent of the incident solar energy. Solar flux concentration ratios of between approximately 3000 and 10,000 will be required to sustain absorber temperatures in the range from 3000 K to 4000 K.

Rodgers, R. J.; Krascella, N. L.; Kendall, J. S.

1979-01-01

216

A practical millimeter-wave radar calibration target  

Microsoft Academic Search

A simple rectangular-plate millimeter-wave radar calibration target gives RCS values ranging from hundreds to thousands of square meters. This enable tests over extended ranges and with equipment having modest output power. Precise mechanical alignment mechanisms and an optical sight are mandatory, due to the narrow beamwidth. Absorber collars provide an easy way of adjusting the actual RCS according to specific

J. Ruoskanen; P. Eskeffnen; H. Heikkila; P. Kuosmanen; T. Kiuru

2004-01-01

217

Electromagnetic shock absorber  

Microsoft Academic Search

This paper introduces a novel passive suspension system for ground vehicles. The system is based a flexible electromagnetic shock absorber (EMSA). In the proposed system, it is attempted: (a) to select a variable high damping coefficient usable in a car; (b) physical dimensions and the geometry of EMSA not to be very different from mechanical shock absorbers; and (c) its

S. Mirzaei; S. M. Saghaiannejad; V. Tahani; M. Moallem

2001-01-01

218

30. Perimeter acquisition radar building room #318, showing radar control. ...  

Library of Congress Historic Buildings Survey, Historic Engineering Record, Historic Landscapes Survey

30. Perimeter acquisition radar building room #318, showing radar control. Console and line printers - Stanley R. Mickelsen Safeguard Complex, Perimeter Acquisition Radar Building, Limited Access Area, between Limited Access Patrol Road & Service Road A, Nekoma, Cavalier County, ND

219

3. VIEW NORTHWEST, height finder radar towers, and radar tower ...  

Library of Congress Historic Buildings Survey, Historic Engineering Record, Historic Landscapes Survey

3. VIEW NORTHWEST, height finder radar towers, and radar tower (unknown function) - Fort Custer Military Reservation, P-67 Radar Station, .25 mile north of Dickman Road, east of Clark Road, Battle Creek, Calhoun County, MI

220

Composite neutron absorbing coatings for nuclear criticality control  

DOEpatents

Thermal neutron absorbing composite coating materials and methods of applying such coating materials to spent nuclear fuel storage systems are provided. A composite neutron absorbing coating applied to a substrate surface includes a neutron absorbing layer overlying at least a portion of the substrate surface, and a corrosion resistant top coat layer overlying at least a portion of the neutron absorbing layer. An optional bond coat layer can be formed on the substrate surface prior to forming the neutron absorbing layer. The neutron absorbing layer can include a neutron absorbing material, such as gadolinium oxide or gadolinium phosphate, dispersed in a metal alloy matrix. The coating layers may be formed by a plasma spray process or a high velocity oxygen fuel process.

Wright, Richard N.; Swank, W. David; Mizia, Ronald E.

2005-07-19

221

Container and method for absorbing and reducing hydrogen concentration  

DOEpatents

A method for absorbing hydrogen from an enclosed environment comprising providing a vessel; providing a hydrogen storage composition in communication with a vessel, the hydrogen storage composition further comprising a matrix defining a pore size which permits the passage of hydrogen gas while blocking the passage of gaseous poisons; placing a material within the vessel, the material evolving hydrogen gas; sealing the vessel; and absorbing the hydrogen gas released into the vessel by the hydrogen storage composition. A container for absorbing evolved hydrogen gas comprising: a vessel having an interior and adapted for receiving materials which release hydrogen gas; a hydrogen absorbing composition in communication with the interior, the composition defining a matrix surrounding a hydrogen absorber, the matrix permitting the passage of hydrogen gas while excluding gaseous poisons; wherein, when the vessel is sealed, hydrogen gas, which is released into the vessel interior, is absorbed by the hydrogen absorbing composition.

Wicks, George G. (Aiken, SC); Lee, Myung W. (North Augusta, SC); Heung, Leung K. (Aiken, SC)

2001-01-01

222

Planetary radar studies  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

A catalog of lunar and radar anomalies was generated to provide a base for comparison with Venusian radar signatures. The relationships between lunar radar anomalies and regolith processes were investigated, and a consortium was formed to compare lunar and Venusian radar images of craters. Time was scheduled at the Arecibo Observatory to use the 430 MHz radar to obtain high resolution radar maps of six areas of the lunar suface. Data from 1978 observations of Mare Serenitas and Plato are being analyzed on a PDP 11/70 computer to construct the computer program library necessary for the eventual reduction of the May 1981 and subsequent data acquisitions. Papers accepted for publication are presented.

Thompson, T. W.; Cutts, J. A.

1981-01-01

223

Laser radar in robotics  

SciTech Connect

In this paper the authors describe the basic operating principles of laser radar sensors and the typical algorithms used to process laser radar imagery for robotic applications. The authors review 12 laser radar sensors to illustrate the variety of systems that have been applied to robotic applications wherein information extracted from the laser radar data is used to automatically control a mechanism or process. Next, they describe selected robotic applications in seven areas: autonomous vehicle navigation, walking machine foot placement, automated service vehicles, manufacturing and inspection, automotive, military, and agriculture. They conclude with a discussion of the status of laser radar technology and suggest trends seen in the application of laser radar sensors to robotics. Many new applications are expected as the maturity level progresses and system costs are reduced.

Carmer, D.C.; Peterson, L.M. [Environmental Research Inst. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (United States)

1996-02-01

224

CHIRP Doppler radar  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The present investigation is concerned with the concept of a combination of the clinical procedure of reconstruction tomography with the radar processing for linear FM pulse compression. An approach based on such a combination is to be employed to map radar backscatter energy. Radar systems employing pulse compression of linear frequency modulated (CHIRP) pulses are considered along with the inversion formula employed by reconstruction tomography. The conventional system enabling radar backscatter mapping is based on pulse-Doppler radar which basically incorporates range-gated spectrum analysis. CHIRP Doppler radar represents a potential alternative. Advantages are related to an absence of requirements to maintain coherence from pulse to pulse, and the suppression of interference due to second-time-around signals. Raabe (1976) has discussed an application involving the imaging of the wakes of reentering space vehicles.

Bernfeld, M.

1984-04-01

225

MIMO radar, SIMO radar, and IFIR radar: a P. P. Vaidyanathan and Piya Pal  

E-print Network

MIMO radar, SIMO radar, and IFIR radar: a comparison P. P. Vaidyanathan and Piya Pal Dept and SIMO radar systems for the case where the transmitter and receiver are collocated. The simplicity of the application allows one to see clearly where the advantages of MIMO radar come from, and what the tradeoffs are

Vaidyanathan, P. P.

226

Low frequency in situ metrology of absorption and dispersion of sound absorbing porous materials based on high power ultrasonic non-linearly demodulated waves  

Microsoft Academic Search

The present work is related to acoustic in situ free-field measurements of sound absorption in porous materials, such as cellular plastic foams, glass–wool or recycled felt materials. The emphasis is given towards fine metrology of absorption in view of potential industrial applications. A powerful ultrasonic array working at 40kHz is used. It enables to measure absorption acoustical data down to

Bernard Castagnéde; Alexei Moussatov; Denis Lafarge; Mohamed Saeid

2008-01-01

227

Improving on police radar  

Microsoft Academic Search

The use of lasers, cameras, and advanced signal processing to help isolate individual offenders on crowded highways is discussed. The limitations of the predominant radar in use today, namely down-the-road Doppler-radar in which the axis of the antenna is directed along the line of travel of the target vehicle, are described. The potential of video records, across-the-road radar, and both

P. D. Fisher

1992-01-01

228

Caribbean Radar Cases  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This module presents radar case studies taken from events in the Caribbean that highlight radar signatures of severe weather. These cases include examples of deep convection, squall lines, bow echoes, tornadoes, and heavy rain resulting in flooding. Each case study includes a discussion of the conceptual models of each type of event as a review before showing the radar signatures and allowing the learner to analyze each one.

2014-09-14

229

The Invisible Radar Triangle  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

Students learn about radar imaging and its various military and civilian applications that include recognition and detection of human-made targets, and the monitoring of space, deforestation and oil spills. They learn how the concepts of similarity and scaling are used in radar imaging to create three-dimensional models of various targets. Students apply the critical attributes of similar figures to create scale models of a radar imaging scenario using infrared range sensors (to emulate radar functions) and toy airplanes (to emulate targets). They use technology tools to measure angles and distances, and relate the concept of similar figures to real-world applications.

2014-09-18

230

Prospects for a Solar Radar at Arecibo  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The idea of probing the solar corona with radar is so obvious that the Sun was the second target (after the moon) attempted in the development of radar astronomy. Echoes were detected by the Stanford group in 1960, and extensive observations were made between 1961 and 1969 by the MIT group. The results were unexpected in every respect: the echo power was weaker than expected and highly variable; the Doppler shift and broadening were greater than expected and were also highly variable; and the delay was more variable than expected. The results were never explained, even qualitatively. It became impossible to repeat them because radar astronomy evolved towards use of higher frequencies which penetrate the corona and are absorbed in the photosphere. In retrospect the early work was "ahead of its time" as solar echoes will be strongly affected by coronal holes and coronal mass ejections, neither of which were known in 1969. The purpose of this paper is to point out an opportunity to create a solar radar at the Arecibo Observatory, in conjunction with a proposed ionospheric heater. The two applications will not interfere and cost-sharing makes both feasible. The new radar will have five major improvements over the original: (1) complementary solar observations; (2) modern signal processing; (3) dual polarization; (4) frequency agility; (5) tracking. These will provide many benefits, but the "killer-app" may be the ability to directly measure the coronal magnetic field. The frequency will be tunable between 18 MHz and 26 MHz, which correspond to reflection heights of 1.85 Rs and 1.65 Rs respectively. Here we will summarize the early results; outline the design of the proposed radar; and present some simulations of its performance.

Coles, W. A.

2002-05-01

231

Geologic Studies of Planetary Surfaces Using Radar Polarimetric Imaging  

Microsoft Academic Search

Radar is a useful remote sensing tool for studying planetary geology because it is sensitive to the composition, structure, and roughness of the surface and can penetrate some materials to reveal buried terrain. The Arecibo Observa- tory radar system transmits a single sense of circular polari- zation, and both senses of circular polarization are received, which allows for the construction

Lynn M. Carter; Donald B. Campbell; Bruce A. Campbell

2011-01-01

232

Generalized radar/radiometry imaging problems  

E-print Network

Paper Generalized radar/radiometry imaging problems Ivan Prudyus, Sviatoslav Voloshynovskiy, Andriy- ing simulation based on radar, synthetic aperture radar (SAR) and radiometry systems are presented systems, synthetic aperture radar, spatio-temporal imaging. 1. Introduction Resolution of radar

Genève, Université de

233

Internal absorber solar collector  

DOEpatents

Thin solar collecting panels are described made from arrays of small rod collectors consisting of a refracting dielectric rod lens with an absorber imbedded within it and a reflecting mirror coated on the back side of the dielectric rod. Non-tracking collector panels on vertical walls or roof tops receive approximately 90% of solar radiation within an acceptance zone 60.degree. in elevation angle by 120.degree. or more in the azimuth sectors with a collector concentration ratio of approximately 3.0. Miniaturized construction of the circular dielectric rods with internal absorbers reduces the weight per area of glass, plastic and metal used in the collector panels. No external parts or insulation are needed as heat losses are low due to partial vacuum or low conductivity gas surrounding heated portions of the collector. The miniature internal absorbers are generally made of solid copper with black selective surface and the collected solar heat is extracted at the collector ends by thermal conductivity along the absorber rods. Heat is removed from end fittings by use of liquid circulants. Several alternate constructions are provided for simplifying collector panel fabrication and for preventing the thermal expansion and contraction of the heated absorber or circulant tubes from damaging vacuum seals. In a modified version of the internal absorber collector, oil with temperature dependent viscosity is pumped through a segmented absorber which is now composed of closely spaced insulated metal tubes. In this way the circulant is automatically diverted through heated portions of the absorber giving higher collector concentration ratios than theoretically possible for an unsegmented absorber.

Sletten, Carlyle J. (106 Nagog Hill Rd., Acton, MA 01720); Herskovitz, Sheldon B. (88 Hammond St., Acton, MA 01720); Holt, F. S. (46 Emerson Rd., Winchester, MA 01890); Sletten, E. J. (Chestnut Hill Rd. R.F.D. Rte. #4, Amherst, NH 03031)

1981-01-01

234

Drill string shock absorber  

SciTech Connect

A telescopic shock absorber for use in a drill string includes a resilient arrangement to cushion telescopic contraction and extension of the shock absorber in response to shock loads and vibrations imparted during drilling. The shock absorber operates independently of the drilling fluid pressure conducted through the structure during drilling operations. A dampening system assists in cushioning the shock loads and vibrations and the dampening system and resilient arrangement are deactivated when jarring impacts are delivered to the well string by a drilling jar carried therein. The resilient arrangement provides a combination mechanical and hydraulic system for cushioning the impact loads and vibrations encountered.

Anderson, E. A.; Webb, D. D.

1985-11-12

235

Lipid-absorbing Polymers  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The removal of bile acids and cholesterol by polymeric absorption is discussed in terms of micelle-polymer interaction. The results obtained with a polymer composed of 75 parts PEO and 25 parts PB plus curing ingredients show an absorption of 305 to 309%, based on original polymer weight. Particle size effects on absorption rate are analyzed. It is concluded that crosslinked polyethylene oxide polymers will absorb water, crosslinked polybutadiene polymers will absorb lipids; neither polymer will absorb appreciable amounts of lipids from micellar solutions of lipids in water.

Marsh, H. E., Jr.; Wallace, C. J.

1973-01-01

236

Radar Location Equipment Development Program: Phase I  

SciTech Connect

The work described in this report represents the first phase of a planned three-phase project designed to develop a radar system for monitoring waste canisters stored in a thick layer of bedded salt at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad, New Mexico. The canisters will be contained in holes drilled into the floor of the underground waste storage facility. It is hoped that these measurements can be made to accuracies of +-5 cm and +-2/sup 0/, respectively. The initial phase of this project was primarily a feasibility study. Its principal objective was to evaluate the potential effectiveness of the radar method in the planned canister monitoring application. Its scope included an investigation of the characteristics of radar signals backscattered from waste canisters, a test of preliminary data analysis methods, an assessment of the effects of salt and bentonite (a proposed backfill material) on the propagation of the radar signals, and a review of current ground-penetrating radar technology. A laboratory experiment was performed in which radar signals were backscattered from simulated waste canisters. The radar data were recorded by a digital data acquisition system and were subsequently analyzed by three different computer-based methods to extract estimates of canister location and tilt. Each of these methods yielded results that were accurate within a few centimeters in canister location and within 1/sup 0/ in canister tilt. Measurements were also made to determine the signal propagation velocities in salt and bentonite (actually a bentonite/sand mixture) and to estimate the signal attenuation rate in the bentonite. Finally, a product survey and a literature search were made to identify available ground-penetrating radar systems and alternative antenna designs that may be particularly suitable for this unique application. 10 refs., 21 figs., 4 tabs.

Sandness, G.A.; Davis, K.C.

1985-06-01

237

Absorbance modulation optical lithography  

E-print Network

In this thesis, the concept of absorbance-modulation optical lithography (AMOL) is described, and the feasibility experimentally verified. AMOL is an implementation of nodal lithography, which is not bounded by the diffraction ...

Tsai, Hsin-Yu Sidney

2007-01-01

238

RCS analysis of canonical, two-dimensional material-loaded cavities with rectangular and circular cross sections  

Microsoft Academic Search

A rigorous radar cross section (rcs) analysis of canonical, two-dimensional material-loaded cavities with rectangular and\\u000a circular cross sections is carried out using the Wiener-Hopf technique and the Riemann-Hilbert problem technique, respectively.\\u000a Both E and H polarizations are treated. It is shown via numerical examples that the absorbing layer loading inside the cavities\\u000a gives rise to the significant rcs reduction. The

Kazuya Kobayashi; Alexander I. Nosich

1995-01-01

239

"Smart" Electromechanical Shock Absorber  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Shock-absorbing apparatus includes electromechanical actuator and digital feedback control circuitry rather than springs and hydraulic damping as in conventional shock absorbers. Device not subject to leakage and requires little or no maintenance. Attenuator parameters adjusted in response to sensory feedback and predictive algorithms to obtain desired damping characteristic. Device programmed to decelerate slowly approaching vehicle or other large object according to prescribed damping characteristic.

Stokes, Lebarian; Glenn, Dean C.; Carroll, Monty B.

1989-01-01

240

Java Radar Analysis Tool  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Java Radar Analysis Tool (JRAT) is a computer program for analyzing two-dimensional (2D) scatter plots derived from radar returns showing pieces of the disintegrating Space Shuttle Columbia. JRAT can also be applied to similar plots representing radar returns showing aviation accidents, and to scatter plots in general. The 2D scatter plots include overhead map views and side altitude views. The superposition of points in these views makes searching difficult. JRAT enables three-dimensional (3D) viewing: by use of a mouse and keyboard, the user can rotate to any desired viewing angle. The 3D view can include overlaid trajectories and search footprints to enhance situational awareness in searching for pieces. JRAT also enables playback: time-tagged radar-return data can be displayed in time order and an animated 3D model can be moved through the scene to show the locations of the Columbia (or other vehicle) at the times of the corresponding radar events. The combination of overlays and playback enables the user to correlate a radar return with a position of the vehicle to determine whether the return is valid. JRAT can optionally filter single radar returns, enabling the user to selectively hide or highlight a desired radar return.

Zaczek, Mariusz P.

2005-01-01

241

Phased-array radars  

Microsoft Academic Search

The operating principles, technology, and applications of phased-array radars are reviewed and illustrated with diagrams and photographs. Consideration is given to the antenna elements, circuitry for time delays, phase shifters, pulse coding and compression, and hybrid radars combining phased arrays with lenses to alter the beam characteristics. The capabilities and typical hardware of phased arrays are shown using the US

Eli Brookner

1985-01-01

242

Radar image interpretability analysis  

Microsoft Academic Search

The utility of radar images with respect to trained image interpreter ability to identify, classify and detect specific terrain features (linear, natural area, complex area features, and individual man-made features) was qualitatively determined. Further, radar images were evaluated with respect to their utility for determining vehicle movement potential and the level of activity within the test areas. Because there are

V. S. Frost; J. A. Stiles; J. C. Holtzman

1981-01-01

243

Noncooperative rendezvous radar system  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

A fire control radar system was developed, assembled, and modified. The baseline system and modified angle tracking system are described along with the performance characteristics of the baseline and modified systems. Proposed changes to provide additional techniques for radar evaluation are presented along with flight test data.

1974-01-01

244

Auxiliary shock absorber assembly  

SciTech Connect

This patent describes an auxiliary shock absorber assembly adapted to be secured to the frame of a vehicle and to the vehicle suspension system for providing additional shock absorption in the event of the vehicle impacts an irregularity in the roadway. The assembly comprises a shock absorber having a piston rod extending from one end and includes means disposed for biasing the piston rod outwardly; means carried by the shock absorber for securing the shock absorber to the frame of the vehicle such that the piston rod extends downwardly, a first stop member carried by to the piston rod adjacent the end. A second stop member carries by the piston rod and spaced from the first stop member; and a bracket assembly defining means for securing the bracket assembly to the vehicle suspension system and means for slidably receiving the portion of the piston rod disposed between the stop members. The shock absorber is secured to the frame of the vehicle and the bracket to the vehicle suspension system with the piston rod slideably through assembly between the stop members. Sufficient upward movement of the vehicle suspension system responds to the vehicle impacting an irregularity in the roadway causing the bracket assembly to abut the second stop member and urge the piston rod into the shock absorber providing additional shock absorbtion for the vehicle.

Hetherington, T.G.

1987-07-07

245

Thermal oxidation properties of titanium nitride and titanium–aluminum nitride materials — A perspective for high temperature air-stable solar selective absorber applications  

Microsoft Academic Search

Air-stable high temperature solar selective surfaces have the advantages of simplifying the design, and reducing the cost of solar thermal energy conversion systems. Previous studies on the properties of titanium nitride (TiN) or titanium–aluminum nitride (TiAlN) films suggested that these materials could be a candidate for solar energy applications. In this paper, we report that oxidation occurs at 450 °C, and

Y. Yin; L. Hang; S. Zhang; X. L. Bui

2007-01-01

246

Looking at Radar Images  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

These activities pertain to the value of the different types of images, including a false color mosaic, a Compressed Stokes image, a vegetation map and key, and various ground photographs. Students are given specific directions on how to decide what features of a radar image indicate such structures as upland forest, clear-cut areas, and roads. In a second activity, students look at the radar images to see if they can produce a vegetation map similar to the one they have been given. The third activity introduces 15 Decade Volcanoes that pose a particular threat to humans. Using the Decade Volcanoes as examples, students view radar images of volcanoes that occur around the world. The final exercise is aimed at helping students distinguish the differences between radar image data and visible photographs. Students will look at radar data and photographs of three sites taken by the astronauts.

247

Energy-Absorbing, Lightweight Wheels  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Improved energy-absorbing wheels are under development for use on special-purpose vehicles that must traverse rough terrain under conditions (e.g., extreme cold) in which rubber pneumatic tires would fail. The designs of these wheels differ from those of prior non-pneumatic energy-absorbing wheels in ways that result in lighter weights and more effective reduction of stresses generated by ground/wheel contact forces. These wheels could be made of metals and/or composite materials to withstand the expected extreme operating conditions. As shown in the figure, a wheel according to this concept would include an isogrid tire connected to a hub via spring rods. The isogrid tire would be a stiff, lightweight structure typically made of aluminum. The isogrid aspect of the structure would both impart stiffness and act as a traction surface. The hub would be a thin-walled body of revolution having a simple or compound conical or other shape chosen for structural efficiency. The spring rods would absorb energy and partially isolate the hub and the supported vehicle from impact loads. The general spring-rod configuration shown in the figure was chosen because it would distribute contact and impact loads nearly evenly around the periphery of the hub, thereby helping to protect the hub against damage that would otherwise be caused by large loads concentrated onto small portions of the hub.

Waydo, Peter

2003-01-01

248

5. VIEW EAST, height finder radar towers, radar tower (unknown ...  

Library of Congress Historic Buildings Survey, Historic Engineering Record, Historic Landscapes Survey

5. VIEW EAST, height finder radar towers, radar tower (unknown function), prime search radar tower, operations building, and central heating plant - Fort Custer Military Reservation, P-67 Radar Station, .25 mile north of Dickman Road, east of Clark Road, Battle Creek, Calhoun County, MI

249

4. VIEW NORTHEAST, radar tower (unknown function), prime search radar ...  

Library of Congress Historic Buildings Survey, Historic Engineering Record, Historic Landscapes Survey

4. VIEW NORTHEAST, radar tower (unknown function), prime search radar tower, emergency power building, and height finder radar tower - Fort Custer Military Reservation, P-67 Radar Station, .25 mile north of Dickman Road, east of Clark Road, Battle Creek, Calhoun County, MI

250

Browse > Conferences> Radar Conference, 2008. RADAR ... INDEX TERMS  

E-print Network

Browse > Conferences> Radar Conference, 2008. RADAR ... INDEX TERMS REFERENCES CITING DOCUMENTS Force, MorphoAnalysis in Signal Process. Lab., Salon-de-Provence This paper appears in: Radar Conference, 2008. RADAR '08. IEEE Issue Date: 26-30 May 2008 On page(s): 1 - 5 Location: Rome ISSN: 1097-5659 Print

Préaux, Jean-Philippe

251

Electronic Materials Based on Co0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4/Pb(Zr0.52Ti0.48)O3 Nanocomposites  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The reduction of the radar cross-sectional area achieved in stealth technology has been a major challenge since the Second World War, being accomplished by covering the metallic surfaces of aircraft, ships, tanks, etc. with radar-absorbing materials. Nowadays, the development of lightweight microwave-absorbing materials with reduced thickness has a greater impact due to their excellent microwave-absorbing properties. In this study, the microwave-absorbing properties of nanocomposites based on Zn-substituted cobalt ferrite and lead zirconium titanate have been investigated in the X-band (8.2 GHz to 12.4 GHz) region. Zn-substituted cobalt ferrite (CZF) and lead zirconium titanate (PZT) nanoparticles were prepared by the coprecipitation and homogeneous precipitation method, respectively. Nanocomposites were developed by dispersing these nanoparticles with different compositions into an epoxy resin matrix. All the composite materials showed more than 90% microwave absorption in the X-band region. The nanocomposite containing CZF/PZT (3:1) with 2 mm thickness displayed maximum return loss of -47.87 dB at 12.23 GHz. The microwave absorbers based on epoxy resin polymeric matrix exhibited better absorbing properties when the dielectric contribution matched the magnetic contribution, and the loss mechanisms were mainly due to the dielectric loss.

Mandal, Avinandan; Das, Chapal Kumar

2013-01-01

252

Use and Interpretation of Radar  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This undergraduate meteorology tutorial from Texas A&M University discusses the basic principles of operation of weather radars, describes how to interpret radar mosaics, and discusses the use of radar in weather forecasting. Students learn the relationship between range and elevation and how to use radar images and mosaics in short-range forecasting.

John Nielsen-Gammon

1996-01-01

253

Ground-penetrating radar methods  

Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

Ground-penetrating radar geophysical methods are finding greater and greater use in agriculture. With the ground-penetrating radar (GPR) method, an electromagnetic radio energy (radar) pulse is directed into the subsurface, followed by measurement of the elapsed time taken by the radar signal as it ...

254

Broad-band characterization of the complex permittivity and permeability of materials  

SciTech Connect

By employment of state-of-the-art Vector Network Analyzers, and other wide-band measurement equipment and techniques, the authors have the capability of measuring the complex permittivity and permeability of materials, for frequencies ranging from several tens of Kilohertz up to several Gigahertz. Measurement methods and equations for numerical determination are based on recommendations by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Types of materials which can be analyzed are dielectric or magnetic RF and radar absorbers; thin sheets, paints, coatings; castable resins; foams and low density materials; ceramics and ferrites; carbonized fabrics; and composites.

Avalle, C.A. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab., CA (United States). Electromagnetics and Diagnostics Group

1994-11-01

255

OSCEE fan exhaust bulk absorber treatment evaluation  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The acoustic suppression capability of bulk absorber material designed for use in the fan exhaust duct walls of the quiet clean short haul experiment engine (OCSEE UTW) was evaluated. The acoustic suppression to the original design for the engine fan duct which consisted of phased single degree-of-freedom wall treatment was tested with a splitter and also with the splitter removed. Peak suppression was about as predicted with the bulk absorber configuration, however, the broadband characteristics were not attained. Post test inspection revealed surface oil contamination on the bulk material which could have caused the loss in bandwidth suppression.

Bloomer, H. E.; Samanich, N. E.

1980-01-01

256

Spaceborne meteorological radar studies  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Various radar designs and methods are studied for the estimation of rainfall parameters from space. An immediate goal is to support the development of the spaceborne radar that has been proposed for the Tropical Rain Measuring Mission (TRMM). The effort is divided into two activities: a cooperative airborne rain measuring experiment with the Radio Research Laboratory of Japan (RRL), and the modelling of spaceborne weather radars. An airborne rain measuring experiment was conducted at Wallops Flight Facility in 1985 to 1986 using the dual-wavelength radar/radiometer developed by RRL. The data are presently being used to test a number of methods that are relevant to spaceborne weather radars. An example is shown of path-averaged rain rates as estimated from three methods: the standard reflectivity rain rate method (Z-R), a dual-wavelength method, and a surface reference method. The results from the experiment shows for the first time the feasibility of using attenuation methods from space. The purposes of the modelling are twofold: to understand in a quantitative manner the relationships between a particular radar design and its capability for estimating precipitation parameters and to help devise and test new methods. The models are being used to study the impact of various TRMM radar designs on the accuracy of rain rate estimation as well as to test the performance of range-profiling algorithms, the mirror-image method, and some recently devised graphical methods for the estimation of the drop size distribution.

Meneghini, R.

1988-01-01

257

Radar applications overview  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

During the fifty years since its initial development as a means of providing early warning of airborne attacks against allied countries during World War II, radar systems have developed to the point of being highly mobile and versatile systems capable of supporting a wide variety of remote sensing applications. Instead of being tied to stationary land-based sites, radar systems have found their way into highly mobile land vehicles as well as into aircraft, missiles, and ships of all sizes. Of all these applications, however, the most exciting revolution has occurred in the airborne platform arena where advanced technology radars can be found in all shapes and sizes...ranging from the large AWACS and Joint STARS long range surveillance and targeting systems to small millimeter wave multi-spectral sensors on smart weapons that can detect and identify their targets through the use of highly sophisticated digital signal processing hardware and software. This paper presents an overview of these radar applications with the emphasis on modern airborne sensors that span the RF spectrum. It will identify and describe the factors that influence the parameters of low frequency and ultra wide band radars designed to penetrate ground and dense foliage environments and locate within them buried mines, enemy armor, and other concealed or camouflaged weapons of war. It will similarly examine the factors that lead to the development of airborne radar systems that support long range extended endurance airborne surveillance platforms designed to detect and precision-located both small high speed airborne threats as well as highly mobile time critical moving and stationary surface vehicles. The mission needs and associated radar design impacts will be contrasted with those of radar systems designed for high maneuverability rapid acquisition tactical strike warfare platforms, and shorter range cued air-to-surface weapons with integral smart radar sensors.

Greenspan, Marshall

1996-06-01

258

An overview of impulse radar phenomenon  

Microsoft Academic Search

An overview is presented of some of the interesting issues concerning impulse waveforms on materials. An attempt is made to analyze such phenomena as molecular relaxation, signal precursor effects, self-induced transparency, and the natural resonance theory. Proposed applications for impulse radar are discussed

David L. Black; ASDIENA CR; Wright-Patterson AFB

1992-01-01

259

FREQUENCY DEPENDENT ATTENUATION ANALYSIS OF GROUND-PENETRATING RADAR DATA  

E-print Network

FREQUENCY DEPENDENT ATTENUATION ANALYSIS OF GROUND- PENETRATING RADAR DATA John H. Bradford, CGISS, Boise State University, Boise, ID Abstract I investigate the frequency dependence of attenuation materials attenuation is approximately linear with frequency over the bandwidth of the GPR signal

Barrash, Warren

260

Analysis of Old Copper Synchrotron Light Absorbers from the Stanford Positron Electron Accelerating Ring  

Microsoft Academic Search

Synchrotron light absorbers intercept synchrotron radiation to protect chamber walls from excessive heat. When subjected to the high temperature of the beam, these absorbers undergo thermal stress. If the stress is too great or fatigues the material, the absorbers may fail. These absorbers are designed to last the lifetime of the machine. Any premature cracking could result in a leak

S. R. Marshall; B. Scott

2005-01-01

261

Radar Remote Sensing  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

This lecture was just a taste of radar remote sensing techniques and applications. Other important areas include Stereo radar grammetry. PolInSAR for volumetric structure mapping. Agricultural monitoring, soil moisture, ice-mapping, etc. The broad range of sensor types, frequencies of observation and availability of sensors have enabled radar sensors to make significant contributions in a wide area of earth and planetary remote sensing sciences. The range of applications, both qualitative and quantitative, continue to expand with each new generation of sensors.

Rosen, Paul A.

2012-01-01

262

Shock absorber servicing tool  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

A tool to assist in the servicing of a shock absorber wherein the shock absorber is constructed of a pair of aligned gas and liquid filled chambers. Each of the chambers is separated by a movable separator member. Maximum efficiency of the shock absorber is achieved in the locating of a precise volume of gas within the gas chamber and a precise volume of liquid within the liquid chamber. The servicing tool of this invention employs a rod which is to connect with the separator and by observation of the position of the rod with respect to the gauge body, the location of the separator is ascertained even though it is not directly observable.

Koepler, Jack L. (Inventor); Hill, Robert L. (Inventor)

1981-01-01

263

The Comet Radar Explorer Mission  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Missions to cometary nuclei have revealed major geological surprises: (1) Global scale layers - do these persist through to the interior? Are they a record of primary accretion? (2) Smooth regions - are they landslides originating on the surface? Are they cryovolcanic? (3) Pits - are they impact craters or sublimation pits, or rooted in the interior? Unambiguous answers to these and other questions can be obtained by high definition 3D radar reflection imaging (RRI) of internal structure. RRI can answer many of the great unknowns in planetary science: How do primitive bodies accrete? Are cometary nuclei mostly ice? What drives their spectacular activity and evolution? The Comet Radar Explorer (CORE) mission will image the detailed internal structure of the nucleus of 10P/Tempel 2. This ~16 x 8 x 7 km Jupiter Family Comet (JFC), or its parent body, originated in the outer planets region possibly millions of years before planet formation. CORE arrives post-perihelion and observes the comet’s waning activity from safe distance. Once the nucleus is largely dormant, the spacecraft enters a ~20-km dedicated Radar Mapping Orbit (RMO). The exacting design of the RRI experiment and the precise navigation of RMO will achieve a highly focused 3D radar reflection image of internal structure, to tens of meters resolution, and tomographic images of velocity and attenuation to hundreds of meters resolution, tied to the gravity model and shape. Visible imagers will produce maps of the surface morphology, albedo, color, texture, and photometric response, and images for navigation and shape determination. The cameras will also monitor the structure and dynamics of the coma, and its dusty jets, allowing their correlation in 3D with deep interior structures and surface features. Repeated global high-resolution thermal images will probe the near-surface layers heated by the Sun. Derived maps of thermal inertia will be correlated with the radar boundary response, and photometry and texture, probing surface materials attainable by future robotic excavation missions. Thermal images will reveal areas of sublimation cooling around vents and pits, and the secular response of the outer meters as the nucleus moves farther from the Sun.

Asphaug, Erik; Belton, Mike; Bockelee-Morvan, Dominique; Chesley, Steve; Delbo, Marco; Farnham, Tony; Gim, Yonggyu; Grimm, Robert; Herique, Alain; Kofman, Wlodek; Oberst, Juergen; Orosei, Roberto; Piqueux, Sylvain; Plaut, Jeff; Robinson, Mark; Sava, Paul; Heggy, Essam; Kurth, William; Scheeres, Dan; Denevi, Brett; Turtle, Elizabeth; Weissman, Paul

2014-11-01

264

Translatory shock absorber for attitude sensors  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

A translatory shock absorber is provided for mounting an attitude sensor thereon for isolating a sensor from translatory vibrations. The translatory shock absorber includes a hollow block structure formed as one piece to form a parallelogram. The absorber block structure includes a movable top plate for supporting the attitude sensor and a fixed base plate with opposed side plates interposed between. At the junctions of the side plates, and the base and top plates, there are provided grooves which act as flexible hinges for attenuating translatory vibrations. A damping material is supported on a pedestal which is carried on the base plate between the side plates thereof. The top of the damping material rests against the bottom surface of the top plate for eliminating the resonant peaks of vibration.

Vonpragenau, G. L.; Morgan, I. T., Jr.; Kirby, C. A. (inventors)

1976-01-01

265

GMTI MIMO radar  

E-print Network

Multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) extensions to radar systems enable a number of advantages compared to traditional approaches. These advantages include improved angle estimation and target detection. In this paper, ...

Bliss, Daniel W., Jr.

266

Caribbean Radar Products  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This module provides examples of radar imagery from various locations in the Caribbean to demonstrate the different types of images available. Also, examples of different meteorological and non meteorological features are presented to show features seen in island locations.

COMET

2013-12-31

267

Imaging with Radar  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This interactive activity from NOVA features synthetic aperture radar (SAR), which uses radio waves to create high-quality images. Examine SAR images of Washington, D.C., and learn about this technology's unique advantages.

WGBH Educational Foundation

2004-01-29

268

Determination of Interrogating Frequencies to Maximize Electromagnetic Backscatter from Objects with Material  

E-print Network

to optimal material parameters for the coating and optimal monostatic radar operating frequencies. Particularly we are interested in radar cross sections (RCS) of missile like objects using monostatic radars

269

Doppler Radar Technology  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This resource provides an introduction to the function and uses of the The National Weather Service's (NWS) Weather Surveillance Doppler Radar (WSR-88D). Topics include the components of the system, an overview of the products and overlays the system creates, and some example images with captions explaining what is being shown. There are also links to radar meteorology tutorials and to information on training to use the system and interpret its imagery.

270

Downhole pulse radar  

DOEpatents

A borehole logging tool generates a fast rise-time, short duration, high peak-power radar pulse having broad energy distribution between 30 MHz and 300 MHz through a directional transmitting and receiving antennas having barium titanate in the electromagnetically active region to reduce the wavelength to within an order of magnitude of the diameter of the antenna. Radar returns from geological discontinuities are sampled for transmission uphole. 7 figs.

Chang, Hsi-Tien

1987-09-28

271

Downhole pulse radar  

SciTech Connect

A borehole logging tool generates a fast rise-time, short duration, high peak-power radar pulse having broad energy distribution between 30 MHz and 300 MHz through a directional transmitting and receiving antennas having barium titanate in the electromagnetically active region to reduce the wavelength to within an order of magnitude of the diameter of the antenna. Radar returns from geological discontinuities are sampled for transmission uphole.

Chang, Hsi-Tien (Albuquerque, NM)

1989-01-01

272

Adaptive MIMO radar waveforms  

Microsoft Academic Search

Multiple-Input, Multiple-Output (MIMO) radars enhance performance by transmitting and receiving coded waveforms from multiple locations. To date, the theoretical literature on MIMO radar has focused largely on the use of ldquoorthogonal waveforms.rdquo Practical approaches to approximate orthogonality (e.g., via waveforms characterized by low cross-correlation and low autocorrelation sidelobe levels) have also started to emerge. We show, however, that such waveforms

Daniel J. Rabideau; Lexington MA

2008-01-01

273

Solar concentrator/absorber  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Collector/energy converter, consisting of dual-slope optical concentrator and counterflow thermal energy absorber, is attached to multiaxis support structure. Efficient over wide range of illumination levels, device may be used to generate high temperature steam, serve as solar powered dryer, or power absorption cycle cooler.

Von Tiesenhausen, G. F.

1976-01-01

274

Absorber for dehydrating gas  

Microsoft Academic Search

An improved absorber is claimed for extracting water or other liquid contaminants contained in gas including an upright vessel having a gas and a desiccant inlet; a gas outlet adjacent the top and a liquid desiccant outlet adjacent the bottom; a horizontal plate separating the interior of the vessel into an upper and lower chamber; a vertical mixing conduit within

J. D. Honerkamp; H. O. Ebeling

1984-01-01

275

Perfect terahertz absorber using fishnet based metafilm  

SciTech Connect

We present a perfect terahertz (THz) absorber working for a broad-angle of incidence. The two fold symmetry of rectangular fishnet structure allows either complete absorption or mirror like reflection depending on the polarization of incident the THz beam. Metamaterials enable the ability to control the electromagnetic wave in a unique fashion by designing the permittivity or permeability of composite materials with desired values. Although the initial idea of metamaterials was to obtain a negative index medium, however, the evolution of metamaterials (MMs) offers a variety of practically applicable devices for controlling electromagnetic wave such as tunable filters, modulators, phase shifters, compact antenna, absorbers, etc. Terahertz regime, a crucial domain of the electromagnetic wave, is suffering from the scarcity of the efficient devices and might take the advantage of metamaterials. Here, we demonstrate design, fabrication, and characterization of a terahertz absorber based on a simple fishnet metallic film separated from a ground mirror plane by a dielectric spacer. Such absorbers are in particular important for bolometric terahertz detectors, high sensitivity imaging, and terahertz anechoic chambers. Recently, split-ring-resonators (SRR) have been employed for metamaterial-based absorbers at microwave and THz frequencies. The experimental demonstration reveals that such absorbers have absorptivity close to unity at resonance frequencies. However, the downside of these designs is that they all employ resonators of rather complicated shape with many fine parts and so they are not easy to fabricate and are sensitive to distortions.

Azad, Abul Kalam [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Shchegolkov, Dmitry Yu [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Chen, Houtong [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Taylor, Antoinette [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Smirnova, E I [Los Alamos National Laboratory; O' Hara, John F [Los Alamos National Laboratory

2009-01-01

276

On wave radar measurement  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The SAAB REX WaveRadar sensor is widely used for platform-based wave measurement systems by the offshore oil and gas industry. It offers in situ surface elevation wave measurements at relatively low operational costs. Furthermore, there is adequate flexibility in sampling rates, allowing in principle sampling frequencies from 1 to 10 Hz, but with an angular microwave beam width of 10° and an implied ocean surface footprint in the order of metres, significant limitations on the spatial and temporal resolution might be expected. Indeed there are reports that the accuracy of the measurements from wave radars may not be as good as expected. We review the functionality of a WaveRadar using numerical simulations to better understand how WaveRadar estimates compare with known surface elevations. In addition, we review recent field measurements made with a WaveRadar set at the maximum sampling frequency, in the light of the expected functionality and the numerical simulations, and we include inter-comparisons between SAAB radars and buoy measurements for locations in the North Sea.

Ewans, Kevin; Feld, Graham; Jonathan, Philip

2014-08-01

277

On wave radar measurement  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The SAAB REX WaveRadar sensor is widely used for platform-based wave measurement systems by the offshore oil and gas industry. It offers in situ surface elevation wave measurements at relatively low operational costs. Furthermore, there is adequate flexibility in sampling rates, allowing in principle sampling frequencies from 1 to 10 Hz, but with an angular microwave beam width of 10° and an implied ocean surface footprint in the order of metres, significant limitations on the spatial and temporal resolution might be expected. Indeed there are reports that the accuracy of the measurements from wave radars may not be as good as expected. We review the functionality of a WaveRadar using numerical simulations to better understand how WaveRadar estimates compare with known surface elevations. In addition, we review recent field measurements made with a WaveRadar set at the maximum sampling frequency, in the light of the expected functionality and the numerical simulations, and we include inter-comparisons between SAAB radars and buoy measurements for locations in the North Sea.

Ewans, Kevin; Feld, Graham; Jonathan, Philip

2014-09-01

278

Shock absorbing mount for electrical components  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

A shock mount for installing electrical components on circuit boards is described. The shock absorber is made of viscoelastic material which interconnects the electrical components. With this system, shocks imposed on one component of the circuit are not transmitted to other components. A diagram of a typical circuit is provided.

Dillon, R. F., Jr.; Mayne, R. C. (inventors)

1975-01-01

279

Do Different Colors Absorb Heat Better?  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

Students test whether the color of a material affects how much heat it absorbs. They leave ice cubes placed in boxes made of colored paper (one box per color; white, yellow, red and black) in the sun, and predict in which colored box ice cubes melt first. They record the order and time required for the ice cubes to melt.

2014-09-18

280

Oil-absorbent cellulosic derivatives. Patent Application  

Microsoft Academic Search

Considerable research has been devoted to developing oil absorbents for cleanup of oil spills and removal of emulsified oil from waste water. Agricultural products and residues have been used for these applications, and these materials have the advantage of being inexpensive and readily available. Mats and column packings for oil removal have also been prepared by mixing cellulosic fibers with

G. F. Fanta; W. M. Doane

1985-01-01

281

Composition for absorbing hydrogen from gas mixtures  

DOEpatents

A hydrogen storage composition is provided which defines a physical sol-gel matrix having an average pore size of less than 3.5 angstroms which effectively excludes gaseous metal hydride poisons while permitting hydrogen gas to enter. The composition is useful for separating hydrogen gas from diverse gas streams which may have contaminants that would otherwise render the hydrogen absorbing material inactive.

Heung, Leung K. (Aiken, SC); Wicks, George G. (Aiken, SC); Lee, Myung W. (Aiken, SC)

1999-01-01

282

Perfect terahertz absorber using fishnet based metafilm  

Microsoft Academic Search

We present a perfect terahertz (THz) absorber working for a broad-angle of incidence. The two fold symmetry of rectangular fishnet structure allows either complete absorption or mirror like reflection depending on the polarization of incident the THz beam. Metamaterials enable the ability to control the electromagnetic wave in a unique fashion by designing the permittivity or permeability of composite materials

Abul Kalam Azad; Dmitry Yu Shchegolkov; Houtong Chen; Antoinette Taylor; E I Smirnova; John F O Hara

2009-01-01

283

A broadband low-reflection metamaterial absorber  

Microsoft Academic Search

Artificially engineered metamaterials have enabled the creation of electromagnetic materials with properties not found in nature. Recent work has demonstrated the feasibility of developing high performance, narrowband electromagnetic absorbers using such metamaterials. These metamaterials derive their absorption properties primarily through dielectric loss and impedance matching at resonance. This paper builds on that work by increasing the bandwidth through embedding resistors

S. Gu; J. P. Barrett; T. H. Hand; B.-I. Popa; S. A. Cummer

2010-01-01

284

A numerical study of double-leaf microperforated panel absorbers  

Microsoft Academic Search

Microperforated panel (MPP) absorbers are promising as a basis for the next-generation of sound absorbing materials. Typically, they are backed by an air-cavity in front of a rigid wall such as a ceiling or another interior surface of a room. Indeed, to be effective, MPP absorbers require the Helmholtz-type resonance formed with the backing cavity. Towards the creation of an

Kimihiro Sakagami; Masayuki Morimoto; Wakana Koike

2006-01-01

285

Refractory plasmonics with titanium nitride: broadband metamaterial absorber.  

PubMed

A high-temperature stable broadband plasmonic absorber is designed, fabricated, and optically characterized. A broadband absorber with an average high absorption of 95% and a total thickness of 240 nm is fabricated, using a refractory plasmonic material, titanium nitride. This absorber integrates both the plasmonic resonances and the dielectric-like loss. It opens a path for the interesting applications such as solar thermophotovoltaics and optical circuits. PMID:25327161

Li, Wei; Guler, Urcan; Kinsey, Nathaniel; Naik, Gururaj V; Boltasseva, Alexandra; Guan, Jianguo; Shalaev, Vladimir M; Kildishev, Alexander V

2014-12-17

286

Oxygen absorbers in food preservation: a review.  

PubMed

The preservation of packaged food against oxidative degradation is essential to establish and improve food shelf life, customer acceptability, and increase food security. Oxygen absorbers have an important role in the removal of dissolved oxygen, preserving the colour, texture and aroma of different food products, and importantly inhibition of food spoilage microbes. Active packaging technology in food preservation has improved over decades mostly due to the sealing of foods in oxygen impermeable package material and the quality of oxygen absorber. Ferrous iron oxides are the most reliable and commonly used oxygen absorbers within the food industry. Oxygen absorbers have been transformed from sachets of dried iron-powder to simple self-adhesive patches to accommodate any custom size, capacity and application. Oxygen concentration can be effectively lowered to 100 ppm, with applications spanning a wide range of food products and beverages across the world (i.e. bread, meat, fish, fruit, and cheese). Newer molecules that preserve packaged food materials from all forms of degradation are being developed, however oxygen absorbers remain a staple product for the preservation of food and pharmaceutical products to reduce food wastage in developed nations and increased food security in the developing & third world. PMID:25829570

Cichello, Simon Angelo

2015-04-01

287

Radar MeteorologyRadar Meteorology Feb 20, 1941 10 cm (S-band) radar used to track rain showers (Ligda)  

E-print Network

Radar MeteorologyRadar Meteorology Feb 20, 1941 10 cm (S-band) radar used to track rain showers similar observations in the early 1940's (U.S. Air Corps meteorologists receiving "radar" training at MIT in 1943 First operational weather radar, Panama, 1943 Science of radar meteorology born from WWII research

Rutledge, Steven

288

66. VIEW SHOWING HOLD FOR RADAR CABLES AT RADAR SITE, ...  

Library of Congress Historic Buildings Survey, Historic Engineering Record, Historic Landscapes Survey

66. VIEW SHOWING HOLD FOR RADAR CABLES AT RADAR SITE, LOOKING NORTH Everett Weinreb, photographer, March 1988 - Mount Gleason Nike Missile Site, Angeles National Forest, South of Soledad Canyon, Sylmar, Los Angeles County, CA

289

Design optimization of nanostrip metamaterial perfect absorbers  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Metamaterial perfect absorber (MPA) promises many applications due to its capability of complete suppression of transmission or/and reflection. The complete dissipation of the incident electromagnetic energy by the absorptive meta-atoms makes it a unique candidate in many photonic and optoelectronic devices. An ultrathin metamaterial absorber that consists of a periodic nanostrip metal on top of a planar dielectric slab backed by a conducting metal plate is presented. The spectral absorptivity of MPA is investigated by the finite difference time domain method from visible to near-infrared. The various geometrical and material parameters of MPA are optimized for maximum absorption.

El-Aasser, Mostafa A.

2014-01-01

290

Electrochemical Corrosion Testing of Neutron Absorber Materials  

SciTech Connect

This report summarizes the results of crevice-corrosion tests for six alloys in solutions representative of ionic compositions inside the Yucca Mountain waste package should a breech occur. The alloys in these tests are Neutronit A978a (ingot metallurgy, hot rolled), Neutrosorb Plus 304B4 Grade Ab (powder metallurgy, hot rolled), Neutrosorb Plus 304B5 Grade Ab (powder metallurgy, hot rolled), Neutrosorb Plus 304B6 Grade Ab (powder metallurgy, hot rolled), Ni-Cr-Mo-Gd alloy2 (ingot metallurgy, hot rolled), and Alloy 22 (ingot metallurgy, hot rolled).

Tedd Lister; Ron Mizia; Arnold Erickson; Tammy Trowbridge

2007-05-01

291

Casimir interaction between absorbing and meta Materials  

E-print Network

We investigate the Casimir energy between two dissipative mirrors in term of a sum over mode formula which can be interpreted by analogy to a quantum dissipative oscillator. We also show that metamaterials engineered at scales between the nanometer and the micron seem a promising way to achieve a repulsive force.

F. Intravaia; C. Henkel

2007-11-05

292

Decontamination of the Skin with Absorbing Materials  

Microsoft Academic Search

Stimulation of the penetration of topically applied substances into the skin is a topic of intensive dermatological and pharmacological research. Next to intercellular penetration, i.e. a penetration inside the lipid layers around the corneocytes, follicular penetration also represents an efficient penetration pathway. The hair follicles act as a long-term reservoir for topically applied substances. They are surrounded by or contain

J. Lademann; A. Patzelt; S. Schanzer; H. Richter; I. Gross; K. H. Menting; L. Frazier; W. Sterry; C. Antoniou

2011-01-01

293

Weather Radar and Instrumentation: Laboratory Modules  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

These 16 radar education modules, developed for the Weather Radar and Instrumentation Curriculum at the University of Oklahoma, provide hands-on instruction for beginning, intermediate, or advanced students to learn about radar systems, especially weather radar. Topics include hardware, weather radar, adaptive systems, advanced hydrometeors, applications of weather radar, and atmospheric interpretations. The modules may be downloaded.

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33. Perimeter acquisition radar building room #320, perimeter acquisition radar ...  

Library of Congress Historic Buildings Survey, Historic Engineering Record, Historic Landscapes Survey

33. Perimeter acquisition radar building room #320, perimeter acquisition radar operations center (PAROC), contains the tactical command and control group equipment required to control the par site. Showing spacetrack monitor console - Stanley R. Mickelsen Safeguard Complex, Perimeter Acquisition Radar Building, Limited Access Area, between Limited Access Patrol Road & Service Road A, Nekoma, Cavalier County, ND

295

Synthetic Aperture Radar Simulation On Radar Terrain Clutter  

Microsoft Academic Search

The subject of this paper is related to a new method of Synthetic Aperture Radar (i.e., SAR) simulation on radar terrain clutter. Usually, images are simulated at pixel level after Doppler compression. In this case this study deals with the simulation of the raw signal at the output of the antenna i.e. for each pulse emitted by the radar during

ARMAND Pierre; VIDAL-MADJAR Daniel

1992-01-01

296

Adaptive Tuned Vibration Absorber based on Magnetorheological Elastomer  

Microsoft Academic Search

This study presents an adaptive tuned vibration absorber (ATVA) which is based on magnetorheological elastomer (MRE). Traditional dynamic absorber has limited its application and vibration absorption capacity for its narrow working frequency bandwidth. MRE is a kind of smart material whose modulus can be controlled by applied magnetic field. Based on MREs, an ATVA which works on shear mode is

H. X. Deng; X. L. Gong

2007-01-01

297

Broadband absorber leaves optical systems in the dark  

SciTech Connect

To get around various shortcomings of optically black surfaces, the feasibility of creating a very broadband absorber using a composite material known as carbon-bonded carbon fiber (CBCF) was studied. It was found that CBCF is uniquely suited for use as an optical absorber for a variety of reasons.

Pearce, J.

1992-01-01

298

Microwave emissions from police radar  

E-print Network

The purpose of this study was to evaluate police officers exposures to microwaves emitted by traffic radar units at the ocular and testicular level. Additionally, comparisons were made of the radar manufacturers published maximum power density...

Fink, John Michael

1994-01-01

299

Systems and Methods for Radar Data Communication  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

A radar information processing system is operable to process high bandwidth radar information received from a radar system into low bandwidth radar information that may be communicated to a low bandwidth connection coupled to an electronic flight bag (EFB). An exemplary embodiment receives radar information from a radar system, the radar information communicated from the radar system at a first bandwidth; processes the received radar information into processed radar information, the processed radar information configured for communication over a connection operable at a second bandwidth, the second bandwidth lower than the first bandwidth; and communicates the radar information from a radar system, the radar information communicated from the radar system at a first bandwidth.

Bunch, Brian (Inventor); Szeto, Roland (Inventor); Miller, Brad (Inventor)

2013-01-01

300

Radar data smoothing filter study  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The accuracy of the current Wallops Flight Facility (WFF) data smoothing techniques for a variety of radars and payloads is examined. Alternative data reduction techniques are given and recommendations are made for improving radar data processing at WFF. A data adaptive algorithm, based on Kalman filtering and smoothing techniques, is also developed for estimating payload trajectories above the atmosphere from noisy time varying radar data. This algorithm is tested and verified using radar tracking data from WFF.

White, J. V.

1984-01-01

301

On the definition of absorbed dose  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Purpose: The quantity absorbed dose is used extensively in all areas concerning the interaction of ionizing radiation with biological organisms, as well as with matter in general. The most recent and authoritative definition of absorbed dose is given by the International Commission on Radiation Units and Measurements (ICRU) in ICRU Report 85. However, that definition is incomplete. The purpose of the present work is to give a rigorous definition of absorbed dose. Methods: Absorbed dose is defined in terms of the random variable specific energy imparted. A random variable is a mathematical function, and it cannot be defined without specifying its domain of definition which is a probability space. This is not done in report 85 by the ICRU, mentioned above. Results: In the present work a definition of a suitable probability space is given, so that a rigorous definition of absorbed dose is possible. This necessarily includes the specification of the experiment which the probability space describes. In this case this is an irradiation, which is specified by the initial particles released and by the material objects which can interact with the radiation. Some consequences are discussed. Specific energy imparted is defined for a volume, and the definition of absorbed dose as a point function involves the specific energy imparted for a small mass contained in a volume surrounding the point. A possible more precise definition of this volume is suggested and discussed. Conclusions: The importance of absorbed dose motivates a proper definition, and one is given in the present work. No rigorous definition has been presented before.

Grusell, Erik

2015-02-01

302

Electron beam standby absorber system  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Electron beam energy is absorbed by deflectors which allow beam distribution over an absorber located between the deflectors and workpiece. The undeflected beam passes through a hole in the absorber when the deflection is de-energized, when energized, the beam is kept to a minimum power level by deflection rate change.

Downing, R. D.

1968-01-01

303

The Shuttle Radar Topography Mission  

Microsoft Academic Search

The Shuttle Radar Topography Mission produced the most complete, highest-resolution digital elevation model of the Earth. The project was a joint endeavor of NASA, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, and the German and Italian Space Agencies and flew in February 2000. It used dual radar antennas to acquire interferometric radar data, processed to digital topographic data at 1 arc sec resolution.

Tom G. Farr; Paul A. Rosen; Edward Caro; Robert Crippen; Riley Duren; Scott Hensley; Michael Kobrick; Mimi Paller; Ernesto Rodriguez; Ladislav Roth; David Seal; Scott Shaffer; Joanne Shimada; Jeffrey Umland; Marian Werner; Michael Oskin; Douglas Burbank; Douglas Alsdorf

2007-01-01

304

Threat radar system simulations  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The capabilities, requirements, and goals of radar emitter simulators are discussed. Simulators are used to evaluate competing receiver designs, to quantify the performance envelope of a radar system, and to model the characteristics of a transmitted signal waveform. A database of candidate threat systems is developed and, in concert with intelligence data on a given weapons system, permits upgrading simulators to new projected threat capabilities. Four currently available simulation techniques are summarized, noting the usefulness of developing modular software for fast controlled-cost upgrades of simulation capabilities.

Miller, L.

305

Spaceborne Imaging Radar Symposium  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

An overview of the present state of the art in the different scientific and technological fields related to spaceborne imaging radars was presented. The data acquired with the SEASAT SAR (1978) and Shuttle Imaging Radar, SIR-A (1981) clearly demonstrated the important emphasis in the 80's is going to be on in-depth research investigations conducted with the more flexible and sophisticated SIR series instruments and on long term monitoring of geophysical phenomena conducted from free-flying platforms such as ERS-1 and RADARSAT.

Elachi, C.

1983-01-01

306

Radar Investigations of Asteroids  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Radar investigations of asteroids, including observations during 1984 to 1985 of at least 8 potential targets and continued analyses of radar data obtained during 1980 to 1984 for 30 other asteroids is proposed. The primary scientific objectives include estimation of echo strength, polarization, spectral shape, spectral bandwidth, and Doppler shift. These measurements yield estimates of target size, shape, and spin vector; place constraints on topography, morphology, density, and composition of the planetary surface; yield refined estimates of target orbital parameters; and reveals the presence of asteroidal satellites.

Ostro, S. J.

1984-01-01

307

Radar detection of phobos.  

PubMed

Radar echoes from the martian satellite Phobos provide information about that object's surface properties at scales near the 3.5-cm observing wavelength. Phobos appears less rough than the moon at centimeter-to-decimeter scales. The uppermost few decimeters of the satellite's regolith have a mean bulk density within 20% of 2.0 g cm(-3). The radar signature of Phobos (albedo, polarization ratio, and echo spectral shape) differs from signatures measured for small, Earth-approaching objects, but resembles those of large (>/=100-km), C-class, mainbelt asteroids. PMID:17847261

Ostro, S J; Jurgens, R F; Yeomans, D K; Standish, E M; Greiner, W

1989-03-24

308

Microwave radar oceanographic investigations  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The Radar Ocean Wave Spectrometer (ROWS) technique was developed and demonstrated for measuring ocean wave directional spectra from air and space platforms. The measurement technique was well demonstrated with data collected in a number of flight experiments involving wave spectral comparisons with wave buoys and the Surface Contour Radar (SCR). Recent missions include the SIR-B underflight experiment (1984), FASINEX (1986), and LEWEX (1987). ROWS related activity is presently concentrating on using the aircraft instrument for wave-processes investigations and obtaining the necessary support (consensus) for a satellite instrument development program. Prospective platforms include EOS and the Canadian RADARSAT.

Jackson, F. C.

1988-01-01

309

Underwater acoustic omnidirectional absorber  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Gradient index media, which are designed by varying local element properties in given geometry, have been utilized to manipulate acoustic waves for a variety of devices. This study presents a cylindrical, two-dimensional acoustic "black hole" design that functions as an omnidirectional absorber for underwater applications. The design features a metamaterial shell that focuses acoustic energy into the shell's core. Multiple scattering theory was used to design layers of rubber cylinders with varying filling fractions to produce a linearly graded sound speed profile through the structure. Measured pressure intensity agreed with predicted results over a range of frequencies within the homogenization limit.

Naify, Christina J.; Martin, Theodore P.; Layman, Christopher N.; Nicholas, Michael; Thangawng, Abel L.; Calvo, David C.; Orris, Gregory J.

2014-02-01

310

Absorbed dose water calorimeter.  

PubMed

Advantage was taken of the low thermal diffusivity of water and the imperviousness of polyethylene film to water to construct a calorimeter for directly measuring absorbed dose in that medium. An ultrasmall bead thermistor was sandwiched between two thin films stretched on polystyrene rings and immersed in an unregulated water bath. Ten cobalt-60 irradiation runs were made with a precision of 0.5% mean error of the mean at a dose rate of 66 mGy/s. Further development is directed toward a standard instrument that can be used in a medical therapy beam. PMID:7382919

Domen, S R

1980-01-01

311

Space Radar Image of Raco Biomass Map  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

This biomass map of the Raco, Michigan, area was produced from data acquired by the Spaceborne Imaging Radar C/X-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar (SIR-C/X-SAR) onboard space shuttle Endeavour. Biomass is the amount of plant material on an area of Earth's surface. Radar can directly sense the quantity and organizational structure of the woody biomass in the forest. Science team members at the University of Michigan used the radar data to estimate the standing biomass for this Raco site in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Detailed surveys of 70 forest stands will be used to assess the accuracy of these techniques. The seasonal growth of terrestrial plants, and forests in particular, leads to the temporary storage of large amounts of carbon, which could directly affect changes in global climate. In order to accurately predict future global change, scientists need detailed information about current distribution of vegetation types and the amount of biomass present around the globe. Optical techniques to determine net biomass are frustrated by chronic cloud-cover. Imaging radar can penetrate through cloud-cover with negligible signal losses. Spaceborne Imaging Radar-C and X-Synthetic Aperture Radar (SIR-C/X-SAR) is part of NASA's Mission to Planet Earth. The radars illuminate Earth with microwaves allowing detailed observations at any time, regardless of weather or sunlight conditions. SIR-C/X-SAR uses three microwave wavelengths: L-band (24 cm), C-band (6 cm) and X-band (3 cm). The multi-frequency data will be used by the international scientific community to better understand the global environment and how it is changing. The SIR-C/X-SAR data, complemented by aircraft and ground studies, will give scientists clearer insights into those environmental changes which are caused by nature and those changes which are induced by human activity. SIR-C was developed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. X-SAR was developed by the Dornier and Alenia Spazio companies for the German space agency, Deutsche Agentur fuer Raumfahrtangelegenheiten (DARA), and the Italian space agency, Agenzia Spaziale Italiana (ASI), with the Deutsche Forschungsanstalt fuer Luft und Raumfahrt e.v. (DLR), the major partner in science, operations and data processing of X-SAR.

1999-01-01

312

Space Radar Image of Rocky Mountains, Montana  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

This is a three-dimensional perspective of the eastern front range of the Rocky Mountains, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) west of Great Falls, Montana. The image was created by combining two spaceborne radar images using a technique known as interferometry. Visualizations like this are useful to scientists because they show the shapes of the topographic features such as mountains and valleys. This technique helps to clarify the relationships of the different types of materials on the surface detected by the radar. The view is looking south-southeast. Along the right edge of the image is the valley of the north fork of the Sun River. The western edge of the Great Plains appears on the left side. The valleys in the lower center, running off into the plains on the left, are branches of the Teton River. The highest mountains are at elevations of 2,860 meters (9,390 feet), and the plains are about 1,400 meters (4,500 feet) above sea level. The dark brown areas are grasslands, bright green areas are farms, light brown, orange and purple areas are scrub and forest, and bright white and blue areas are steep rocky slopes. The two radar images were taken on successive days by the Spaceborne Imaging Radar-C/X-band Synthetic Aperture Radar (SIR-C/X-SAR) on board the space shuttle Endeavour in October 1994. The digital elevation map was produced using radar interferometry, a process in which radar data are acquired on different passes of the space shuttle. The two data passes are compared to obtain elevation information. Radar image data are draped over the topography to provide the color with the following assignments: red is L-band vertically transmitted, vertically received; green is C-band vertically transmitted, vertically received; and blue are the differences seen in the L-band data between the two days. This image is centered near 47.7 degrees north latitude and 112.7 degrees west longitude. No vertical exaggeration factor has been applied to the data. SIR-C/X-SAR, a joint mission of the German, Italian and United States space agencies, is part of NASA's program entitled Mission to Planet Earth.

1994-01-01

313

Technical Note: Influence of the phantom material on the absorbed-dose energy dependence of the EBT3 radiochromic film for photons in the energy range 3 keV–18 MeV  

SciTech Connect

Purpose: Water is the reference medium for radiation therapy dosimetry, but for film dosimetry it is more practical to use a solid phantom. As the composition of solid phantoms differs from that of water, the energy dependence of film exposed within solid phantoms may also differ. The energy dependence of a radiochromic film for a given beam quality Q (energy for monoenergetic beams) has two components: the intrinsic energy dependence and the absorbed-dose energy dependence f(Q), the latter of which can be calculated through a Monte Carlo simulation of radiation transport. The authors used Monte Carlo simulations to study the influence of the phantom material on the f(Q) of the EBT3 radiochromic film (Ashland Specialty Ingredients, Wayne, NJ) for photon beams with energies between 3 keV and 18 MeV. Methods: All simulations were carried out with the general-purpose Monte Carlo code PENELOPE 2011. The geometrical model consisted of a cylindrical phantom, with the film positioned at different depths depending on the initial photon energy. The authors simulated monoenergetic parallel photon beams and x-ray beams from a superficial therapy system. To validate their choice of simulation parameters, they also calculated f(Q) for older film models, EBT and EBT2, comparing with published results. In addition to water, they calculated f(Q) of the EBT3 film for solid phantom materials commonly used for film dosimetry: RW1 and RW3 (PTW-Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany), Solid Water (Gammex-RMI, Madison, WI), and PMMA. Finally, they combined their calculated f(Q) with published overall energy response data to obtain the intrinsic energy dependence of the EBT3 film in water. Results: The calculated f(Q) for EBT and EBT2 films was statistically compatible with previously published data. Between 10 keV and 18 MeV, the variation found in f(Q) of the EBT3 film for water was within 2.3%, with a standard statistical uncertainty less than 1%. If the quantity dose-to-water in the phantom is considered, which is the common practice in radiation dosimetry, the maximum difference of energy dependence for the solid phantoms with respect to water is about 6%, at an energy of 50 keV. Conclusions: The EBT3 film shows a reasonably constant absorbed-dose energy dependence when irradiated in water. If the dose-to-water in the phantom is considered, the maximum difference of EBT3 film energy dependence with the solid phantoms studied with respect to water is about 6% (at an energy of 50 keV). The reported overall energy dependence of the EBT3 film in water at energies below 100 keV is mainly due to the intrinsic energy dependence.

Hermida-López, M., E-mail: mhermida@vhebron.net [NCTeam, Strahlenklinik, Universitätsklinikum Essen, Hufelandstraße 55, Essen D-45122, Germany and Servei de Física i Protecció Radiològica, Hospital Universitari Vall d’Hebron, Pg. Vall d’Hebron 119-129, Barcelona 08035 (Spain); Lüdemann, L.; Flühs, A. [Medical Physics, Strahlenklinik, Universitätsklinikum Essen, Hufelandstraße 55, Essen D-45122 (Germany); Brualla, L. [NCTeam, Strahlenklinik, Universitätsklinikum Essen, Hufelandstraße 55, Essen D-45122 (Germany)

2014-11-01

314

Sensing with THz metamaterial absorbers  

E-print Network

Metamaterial perfect absorbers from microwaves to optical part of the electromagnetic spectrum has been intensely studied for its ability to absorb electromagnetic radiation. Perfect absorption of light by metamaterials have opened up new opportunities for application oriented functionalities such as efficient sensors and emitters. We present an absorber based sensing scheme at the terahertz frequencies and discuss optimized designs to achieve high frequency and amplitude sensitivities. The major advantage of a perfect metamaterial absorber as a sensor is the sensitive shift in the absorber resonance frequency along with the sharp change in the amplitude of the resonance due to strong interaction of the analyte with the electric and the magnetic fields at resonant perfect absorption frequency. We compare the sensing performance of the perfect metamaterial absorber with its complementary structural design and planar metasurface with identical structure. The best FoM values obtained for the absorber sensor here...

Cong, Longqing

2014-01-01

315

Metamaterial saturable absorber mirror.  

PubMed

We propose a metamaterial saturable absorber mirror at midinfrared wavelengths that can show a saturation of absorption with intensity of incident light and switch to a reflecting state. The design consists of an array of circular metallic disks separated by a thin film of vanadium dioxide (VO(2)) from a continuous metallic film. The heating due to the absorption in the absorptive state causes the VO(2) to transit to a metallic phase from the low temperature insulating phase. The metamaterial switches from an absorptive state (R?0.1%) to a reflective state (R>95%) for a specific threshold intensity of the incident radiation corresponding to the phase transition of VO(2), resulting in the saturation of absorption in the metamaterial. The computer simulations show over 99.9% peak absorbance, a resonant bandwidth of about 0.8 ?m at 10.22 ?m wavelengths, and saturation intensity of 140 mW cm(-2) for undoped VO(2) at room temperature. We also carried out numerical simulations to investigate the effects of localized heating and temperature distribution by solving the heat diffusion problem. PMID:23381408

Dayal, Govind; Ramakrishna, S Anantha

2013-02-01

316

Multiline radar scan  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Scanning scheme is more efficient than conventional scanning. Originally designed for optical radar in space vehicles, scheme may also find uses in site-surveillance security systems and in other industrial applications. It should be particularly useful when system must run on battery energy, as would be case in power outages.

Levinson, S.

1977-01-01

317

Airborne firefinder radar concept  

Microsoft Academic Search

An airborne firefinder radar (AFFR) is suggested for an upgraded version of the forthcoming Global Hawk Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). The AFFR could detect an artillery shell within 1 second of firing and, within a few seconds, determine its trajectory origin location (position of the gun) to a circular error probable (CEP) of less than 50 meters. The AFFR could

R. J. Sullivan; J. F. Nicoll; J. M. Ralston

1998-01-01

318

Impulse radar studfinder  

DOEpatents

An impulse radar studfinder propagates electromagnetic pulses and detects reflected pulses from a fixed range. Unmodulated pulses, about 200 ps wide, are emitted. A large number of reflected pulses are sampled and averaged. Background reflections are subtracted. Reflections from wall studs or other hidden objects are detected and displayed using light emitting diodes.

McEwan, Thomas E. (Livermore, CA)

1995-01-01

319

Impulse radar studfinder  

DOEpatents

An impulse radar studfinder propagates electromagnetic pulses and detects reflected pulses from a fixed range. Unmodulated pulses, about 200 ps wide, are emitted. A large number of reflected pulses are sampled and averaged. Background reflections are subtracted. Reflections from wall studs or other hidden objects are detected and displayed using light emitting diodes. 9 figs.

McEwan, T.E.

1995-10-10

320

High resolution radar imaging  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The goal of this project is to formulate and investigate new approaches for forming images of radar targets from spotlight-mode, delay-doppler measurements. These measurements could be acquired with a high-resolution radar-imaging system operating with an optical-or radio-frequency carrier. Two approaches are under study. The first is motivated by an image-reconstruction algorithm used in radionuclide imaging called the confidence-weighted algorithm; here, we will refer to this approach as the chirp-rate modulation approach. The second approach is based on more fundamental principles which starts with a mathematical model that accurately describes the physics of an imaging radar-system and then uses statistical-estimation theory with this model to derive processing algorithms; we will refer to this as the estimation-theory approach. Progress during this reporting period has been made on: (1) extending the estimation-theory approach to include a constraint on input signal-to-noise ratio; (2) extending the estimation-theory approach to include a sieve constraint for stabilizing image estimates, (3) extending the estimation-theory approach to include a specular or glint component in the radar-echo data; (4) analyzing the performance of the estimation-theory approach through computer simulations; and (5) modifying the chirp-rate modulation approach through the introduction of the Wigner-Ville distribution. A patent was awarded associated with the chirp-rate modulation approach.

Snyder, Donald L.

1988-11-01

321

Compressed Synthetic Aperture Radar  

Microsoft Academic Search

In this paper, we introduce a new synthetic aperture radar (SAR) imaging modality which can provide a high-resolution map of the spatial distribution of targets and terrain using a significantly reduced number of needed transmitted and\\/or received electromagnetic waveforms. This new imaging scheme, requires no new hardware components and allows the aperture to be compressed. It also presents many new

Vishal M. Patel; Glenn R. Easley; Dennis M. Healy; Jr.

2010-01-01

322

Landmine detection and imaging using Micropower Impulse Radar (MIR)  

SciTech Connect

The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has developed radar and imaging technologies with potential applications in mine detection by the armed forces and other agencies involved in determining efforts. These new technologies use a patented ultra-wideband (impulse) radar technology that is compact, low-cost, and low power. Designated as Micropower hnpulse Radar, these compact, self-contained radars can easily be assembled into arrays to form complete ground penetrating radar imaging systems. LLNL has also developed tomographic reconstruction and signal processing software capable of producing high-resolution 2-D and 3-D images of objects buried in materials like soil or concrete from radar data. Preliminary test results have shown that a radar imaging system using these technologies has the ability to image both metallic and plastic land mine surrogate targets buried in 5 to 10 cm of moist soil. In dry soil, the system can detect buried objects to a depth of 30 cm and more. This report describes our initial test results and plans for future work.

Azevedo, S.G.; Gravel, D.T.; Mast, J.E.; Warhus, J.P.

1995-08-07

323

Geologic Studies of Planetary Surfaces Using Radar Polarimetric Imaging  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Radar is a useful remote sensing tool for studying planetary geology because it is sensitive to the composition, structure, and roughness of the surface and can penetrate some materials to reveal buried terrain. The Arecibo Observatory radar system transmits a single sense of circular polarization, and both senses of circular polarization are received, which allows for the construction of the Stokes polarization vector. From the Stokes vector, daughter products such as the circular polarization ratio, the degree of linear polarization, and linear polarization angle are obtained. Recent polarimetric imaging using Arecibo has included Venus and the Moon. These observations can be compared to radar data for terrestrial surfaces to better understand surface physical properties and regional geologic evolution. For example, polarimetric radar studies of volcanic settings on Venus, the Moon and Earth display some similarities, but also illustrate a variety of different emplacement and erosion mechanisms. Polarimetric radar data provides important information about surface properties beyond what can be obtained from single-polarization radar. Future observations using polarimetric synthetic aperture radar will provide information on roughness, composition and stratigraphy that will support a broader interpretation of surface evolution.

Carter, Lynn M.; Campbell, Donald B.; Campbell, Bruce A.

2010-01-01

324

A broadband low-reflection metamaterial absorber  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Artificially engineered metamaterials have enabled the creation of electromagnetic materials with properties not found in nature. Recent work has demonstrated the feasibility of developing high performance, narrowband electromagnetic absorbers using such metamaterials. These metamaterials derive their absorption properties primarily through dielectric loss and impedance matching at resonance. This paper builds on that work by increasing the bandwidth through embedding resistors into the metamaterial structure in order to lower the Q factor and by using multiple elements with different resonances. This is done while maintaining an impedance-matched material at normal incidence. We thus present the design, simulation, and experimental verification of a broadband gigahertz region metamaterial absorber, with a maximum absorption of 99.9% at 2.4 GHz, and a full width at half maximum bandwidth of 700 MHz, all while maintaining low reflection inside and outside of resonance.

Gu, S.; Barrett, J. P.; Hand, T. H.; Popa, B.-I.; Cummer, S. A.

2010-09-01

325

Absorber for dehydrating gas  

SciTech Connect

An improved absorber is claimed for extracting water or other liquid contaminants contained in gas including an upright vessel having a gas and a desiccant inlet; a gas outlet adjacent the top and a liquid desiccant outlet adjacent the bottom; a horizontal plate separating the interior of the vessel into an upper and lower chamber; a vertical mixing conduit within the vessel connected at its upper end with the vessel gas and desiccant inlets and passing downwardly through an opening in the plate, the vertical mixing conduit having a mixer element therein which intimately co-mingles the gas and liquid desiccant as they pass into the vessel and downwardly through the mixing conduit into the vessel lower chamber; a plurality of vertical cylindrical members supported in openings in the horizontal plate, the lower end extending below the plate and the upper end extending above the plate; a cap covering the upper portion of each of the cylindrical members, each cap having passageways in the lower edges thereof so that gas and liquid can flow upwardly through the vertical cylindrical members and under the caps and into the vessel upper chamber; packing within the vessel upper chamber, the lower chamber and the lower portion of the upper chamber having the packing therein being filled with liquid desiccant and means of maintaining the level of liquid desiccant and withdrawing the desiccant from the vessel so as to maintain the preselected level, the gas passing out the gas outlet in the upper portion of the vessel and the water in the gas being absorbed by the liquid desiccant and carried out of the vessel with the desiccant.

Honerkamp, J.D.; Ebeling, H.O.

1984-06-19

326

Electrochemically regenerable carbon dioxide absorber  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Preliminary designs were generated for two electrochemically regenerable carbon dioxide absorber concepts. Initially, an electrochemically regenerable absorption bed concept was designed. This concept incorporated the required electrochemical regeneration components in the absorber design, permitting the absorbent to be regenerated within the absorption bed. This hardware was identified as the electrochemical absorber hardware. The second hardware concept separated the functional components of the regeneration and absorption process. This design approach minimized the extravehicular activity component volume by eliminating regeneration hardware components within the absorber. The electrochemical absorber hardware was extensively characterized for major operating parameters such as inlet carbon dioxide partial pressure, process air flow rate, operational pressure, inlet relative humidity, regeneration current density and absorption/regeneration cycle endurance testing.

Woods, R. R.; Marshall, R. D.; Schubert, F. H.; Heppner, D. B.

1979-01-01

327

MIMO Radar with Widely Separated Antennas  

Microsoft Academic Search

MIMO (multiple-input multiple-output) radar refers to an architecture that employs multiple, spatially distributed transmitters and receivers. While, in a general sense, MIMO radar can be viewed as a type of multistatic radar, the separate nomenclature suggests unique features that set MIMO radar apart from the multistatic radar literature and that have a close relation to MIMO communications. This article reviews

Alexander Haimovich; Rick Blum; Leonard Cimini

2008-01-01

328

METR 4624--Radar Meteorology SPRING 2014  

E-print Network

METR 4624--Radar Meteorology SPRING 2014 Dr. Michael I. Biggerstaff; drdoppler@ou.edu (best method Principles of weather radar and storm observations including: radar system design, em wave propagation, radar&Q, moments of the power spectrum, ground clutter, attenuation, rainfall measurements using radar reflectivity

Droegemeier, Kelvin K.

329

METR 4624--Radar Meteorology SPRING 2012  

E-print Network

METR 4624--Radar Meteorology SPRING 2012 Dr. Michael I. Biggerstaff; drdoppler@ou.edu (best method Principles of weather radar and storm observations including: radar system design, em wave propagation, radar&Q, moments of the power spectrum, ground clutter, attenuation, rainfall measurements using radar reflectivity

Droegemeier, Kelvin K.

330

An MSK Radar Waveform  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The minimum-shift-keying (MSK) radar waveform is formed by periodically extending a waveform that separately modulates the in-phase and quadrature- phase components of the carrier with offset pulse-shaped pseudo noise (PN) sequences. To generate this waveform, a pair of periodic PN sequences is each passed through a pulse-shaping filter with a half sinusoid impulse response. These shaped PN waveforms are then offset by half a chip time and are separately modulated on the in-phase and quadrature phase components of an RF carrier. This new radar waveform allows an increase in radar resolution without the need for additional spectrum. In addition, it provides self-interference suppression and configurable peak sidelobes. Compared strictly on the basis of the expressions for delay resolution, main-lobe bandwidth, effective Doppler bandwidth, and peak ambiguity sidelobe, it appears that bi-phase coded (BPC) outperforms the new MSK waveform. However, a radar waveform must meet certain constraints imposed by the transmission and reception of the modulation, as well as criteria dictated by the observation. In particular, the phase discontinuity of the BPC waveform presents a significant impediment to the achievement of finer resolutions in radar measurements a limitation that is overcome by using the continuous phase MSK waveform. The phase continuity, and the lower fractional out-of-band power of MSK, increases the allowable bandwidth compared with BPC, resulting in a factor of two increase in the range resolution of the radar. The MSK waveform also has been demonstrated to have an ambiguity sidelobe structure very similar to BPC, where the sidelobe levels can be decreased by increasing the length of the m-sequence used in its generation. This ability to set the peak sidelobe level is advantageous as it allows the system to be configured to a variety of targets, including those with a larger dynamic range. Other conventionally used waveforms that possess an even greater spectral efficiency than the MSK waveform, such as linear frequency modulation (LFM) and Costas frequency hopping, have a fixed peak sidelobe level that is therefore not configurable, and can be exceeded by high contrast targets. Furthermore, in the case of a multistatic experiment observing a target in motion, self-interference from the transmitter to the receiver is mitigated by the MSK waveform. Waveforms that have delay Doppler coupling, such as LFM, provide no such protection.

Quirk, Kevin J.; Srinivasan, Meera

2012-01-01

331

High-resolution three-dimensional imaging radar  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

A three-dimensional imaging radar operating at high frequency e.g., 670 GHz, is disclosed. The active target illumination inherent in radar solves the problem of low signal power and narrow-band detection by using submillimeter heterodyne mixer receivers. A submillimeter imaging radar may use low phase-noise synthesizers and a fast chirper to generate a frequency-modulated continuous-wave (FMCW) waveform. Three-dimensional images are generated through range information derived for each pixel scanned over a target. A peak finding algorithm may be used in processing for each pixel to differentiate material layers of the target. Improved focusing is achieved through a compensation signal sampled from a point source calibration target and applied to received signals from active targets prior to FFT-based range compression to extract and display high-resolution target images. Such an imaging radar has particular application in detecting concealed weapons or contraband.

Cooper, Ken B. (Inventor); Chattopadhyay, Goutam (Inventor); Siegel, Peter H. (Inventor); Dengler, Robert J. (Inventor); Schlecht, Erich T. (Inventor); Mehdi, Imran (Inventor); Skalare, Anders J. (Inventor)

2010-01-01

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51. View of upper radar scanner switch in radar scanner ...  

Library of Congress Historic Buildings Survey, Historic Engineering Record, Historic Landscapes Survey

51. View of upper radar scanner switch in radar scanner building 105 from upper catwalk level showing emanating waveguides from upper switch (upper one-fourth of photograph) and emanating waveguides from lower radar scanner switch in vertical runs. - Clear Air Force Station, Ballistic Missile Early Warning System Site II, One mile west of mile marker 293.5 on Parks Highway, 5 miles southwest of Anderson, Anderson, Denali Borough, AK

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41. Perimeter acquisition radar building radar element and coaxial display, ...  

Library of Congress Historic Buildings Survey, Historic Engineering Record, Historic Landscapes Survey

41. Perimeter acquisition radar building radar element and coaxial display, with drawing of typical antenna section. Drawing, from left to right, shows element, aluminum ground plane, cable connectors and hardware, cable, and back-up ring. Grey area is the concrete wall - Stanley R. Mickelsen Safeguard Complex, Perimeter Acquisition Radar Building, Limited Access Area, between Limited Access Patrol Road & Service Road A, Nekoma, Cavalier County, ND

334

Innovative Anti Crash Absorber for a Crashworthy Landing Gear  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

This paper defines an innovative concept to anti-crash absorber in composite material to be integrated on the landing gear as an energy-absorbing device in crash conditions to absorb the impact energy. A composite cylinder tube in carbon fiber material is installed coaxially to the shock absorber cylinder and, in an emergency landing gear condition, collapses in order to enhance the energy absorption performance of the landing system. This mechanism has been developed as an alternative solution to a high-pressure chamber installed on the Agusta A129 CBT helicopter, which can be considered dangerous when the helicopter operates in hard and/or crash landing. The characteristics of the anti-crash device are presented and the structural layout of a crashworthy landing gear adopting the developed additional energy absorbing stage is outlined. Experimental and numerical results relevant to the material characterization and the force peaks evaluation of the system development are reported. The anti-crash prototype was designed, analysed, optimized, made and finally the potential performances of a landing gear with the additional anti-crash absorber system are tested by drop test and then correlated with a similar test without the anti-crash system, showing that appreciable energy absorbing capabilities and efficiencies can be obtained in crash conditions.

Guida, Michele; Marulo, Francesco; Montesarchio, Bruno; Bruno, Massimiliano

2014-06-01

335

Advanced ground penetrating radar  

SciTech Connect

An advanced Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) system has the potential for efficiently and reliably providing high resolution images for inspecting concrete civil structures for defects and damage assessment. To achieve the required performance, improvements in radar hardware, and development and adaptation of advanced 2- and 3-dimensional synthetic aperture imaging techniques are needed. Recent and continuing advancement in computer and computer-related technology areas have made it possible to consider more complex and capable systems for a variety of imaging applications not previously conceived. The authors developed conceptual designs, analyzed system requirements, and performed experiments, modeling, and image reconstructions to study the feasibility of improving GPR technology for non-destructive evaluation of bridge decks and other high-value concrete structures. An overview and summary of practical system concepts and requirements, are presented.

Warhus, J.P.; Mast, J.E.; Johansson, E.M.; Nelson, S.D. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab., CA (United States). Electronics Engineering Dept.

1994-07-26

336

Kuiper Belt Mapping Radar  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Since their initial discovery in 1992, to date only a relatively small number of Kuiper Belt Objects (KBO's) have been discovered. Current detection techniques rely on frame-to-frame comparisons of images collected by optical telescopes such as Hubble, to detect KBO's as they move against the background stellar field. Another technique involving studies of KBO's through occultation of known stars has been proposed. Such techniques are serendipitous, not systematic, and may lead to an inadequate understanding of the size, range, and distribution of KBO's. In this paper, a future Kuiper Belt Mapping Radar is proposed as a solution to the problem of mapping the size distribution, extent, and range of KBO's. This approach can also be used to recover radar albedo and object rotation rates. Additional information is contained in the original extended abstract.

Freeman, A.; Nilsen, E.

2001-01-01

337

RADAR Reveals Titan Topography  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The Cassini Titan RADAR Mapper is a K(sub u)-band (13.78 GHz, lambda = 2.17 cm) linear polarized RADAR instrument capable of operating in synthetic aperture (SAR), scatterometer, altimeter and radiometer modes. During the first targeted flyby of Titan on 26 October, 2004 (referred to as Ta) observations were made in all modes. Evidence for topographic relief based on the Ta altimetry and SAR data are presented here. Additional SAR and altimetry observations are planned for the T3 encounter on 15 February, 2005, but have not been carried out at this writing. Results from the T3 encounter relevant to topography will be included in our presentation. Data obtained in the Ta encounter include a SAR image swath

Kirk, R. L.; Callahan, P.; Seu, R.; Lorenz, R. D.; Paganelli, F.; Lopes, R.; Elachi, C.

2005-01-01

338

Floor-plan radar  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Urban-warfare specialists, law-enforcement officers, counter-drug agents, and counter-terrorism experts encounter operational situations where they must assault a target building and capture or rescue its occupants. To minimize potential casualties, the assault team needs a picture of the building's interior and a copy of its floor plan. With this need in mind, we constructed a scale model of a single- story house and imaged its interior using synthetic-aperture techniques. The interior and exterior walls nearest the radar set were imaged with good fidelity, but the distal ones appear poorly defined and surrounded by ghosts and artifacts. The latter defects are traceable to beam attenuation, wavefront distortion, multiple scattering, traveling waves, resonance phenomena, and other effects not accounted for in the traditional (noninteracting, isotropic point scatterer) model for radar imaging.

Falconer, David G.; Ueberschaer, Ronald M.

2000-07-01

339

Radar response to vegetation  

Microsoft Academic Search

Active microwave measurements of vegetation backscatter were conducted to determine the utility of radar in 1) mapping soil moisture through vegetation and 2) mapping crop types. Using a truck-mounted boom, spectral response data were obtained for four crop types (corn, milo, soybeans, and alfalfa) over the 4-8 GHz frequency band, at incidence angles of0deg-70degin10degsteps, and for all four linear polarization

F. Ulaby

1975-01-01

340

Imaging synthetic aperture radar  

DOEpatents

A linear-FM SAR imaging radar method and apparatus to produce a real-time image by first arranging the returned signals into a plurality of subaperture arrays, the columns of each subaperture array having samples of dechirped baseband pulses, and further including a processing of each subaperture array to obtain coarse-resolution in azimuth, then fine-resolution in range, and lastly, to combine the processed subapertures to obtain the final fine-resolution in azimuth. Greater efficiency is achieved because both the transmitted signal and a local oscillator signal mixed with the returned signal can be varied on a pulse-to-pulse basis as a function of radar motion. Moreover, a novel circuit can adjust the sampling location and the A/D sample rate of the combined dechirped baseband signal which greatly reduces processing time and hardware. The processing steps include implementing a window function, stabilizing either a central reference point and/or all other points of a subaperture with respect to doppler frequency and/or range as a function of radar motion, sorting and compressing the signals using a standard fourier transforms. The stabilization of each processing part is accomplished with vector multiplication using waveforms generated as a function of radar motion wherein these waveforms may be synthesized in integrated circuits. Stabilization of range migration as a function of doppler frequency by simple vector multiplication is a particularly useful feature of the invention; as is stabilization of azimuth migration by correcting for spatially varying phase errors prior to the application of an autofocus process.

Burns, Bryan L. (Tijeras, NM); Cordaro, J. Thomas (Albuquerque, NM)

1997-01-01

341

Dual scan rate radar  

Microsoft Academic Search

A dual scan rate radar system (DSR) includes a phased array antenna, a transmitter, a receiver and a control unit. Each rf pulse from the transmitter includes contiguous long-range and short-range pulses. The control unit adjusts the antenna so that the long-range pulse is transmitted into a slow beam at theta s and the short-range pulse is transmitted into a

W. M. Waters

1986-01-01

342

Radar gun hazards  

SciTech Connect

Radar guns - hand-held units used by the law to nail speeders - have been in use since the early '60s. Now they've been accused of causing cancer. Police officers in several states have so far filed eight suits against the manufacturer, claiming that they have contracted rare forms of cancer, such as of the eyelid and the testicle, from frequent proximity to the devices. Spurred by concerns expressed by police groups, researchers at the Rochester Institute of Technology are conducting what they believe to be the first research of its kind in the nation. Last month psychologist John Violanti, an expert in policy psychology and health, sent out a one-page survey to 6,000 active and retired police officers in New York State, asking them about their health and their use of radar guns. Violanti says melanoma, leukemia, and lymph node cancer may be linked to these as well as other electromagnetic devices. The Food and Drug Administration earlier this year issued a warning about radar guns, telling users not to operate them closer than 6 inches from the body. But this may not be a sufficient safeguard since the instruments can give off crisscrossing wave emissions within a police vehicle. The survey will be used to help determine if it would be safer to mount the guns, which are currently either hand-held or mounted on dashboards, outside troopers' cars.

Not Available

1991-12-20

343

Spaceborne Imaging Radar Project  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

In June of 1985 the Project Initiation Agreement was signed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the NASA Office of Space Science and Applications for the Spaceborne Imaging Radar Project (SIR). The thrust of the Spaceborne Imaging Radar Project is to continue the evolution of synthetic aperture radar (SAR) science and technology developed during SEASAT, SIR-A and SIR-B missions to meet the needs of the Earth Observing System (EOS) in the mid 1990's. As originally formulated, the Project plans were for a reflight of the SIR-B in 1987, the development of a new SAR, SIR-C, for missions in mid 1989 and early 1990, and the upgrade of SIR-C to EOS configuration with a qualification flight aboard the shuttle in the 1993 time frame (SIR-D). However, the loss of the shuttle Challenger has delayed the first manifest for SIR to early 1990. This delay prompted the decision to drop SIR-B reflight plans and move ahead with SIR-C to more effectively utilize this first mission opportunity. The planning for this project is discussed.

Herman, Neil

1986-01-01

344

Multilayer metamaterial absorbers inspired by perfectly matched layers  

E-print Network

We derive periodic multilayer absorbers with effective uniaxial properties similar to perfectly matched layers (PML). This approximate representation of PML is based on the effective medium theory and we call it an effective medium PML (EM-PML). We compare the spatial reflection spectrum of the layered absorbers to that of a PML material and demonstrate that after neglecting gain and magnetic properties, the absorber remains functional. This opens a route to create electromagnetic absorbers for real and not only numerical applications and as an example we introduce a layered absorber for the wavelength of $8$~$\\mu$m made of SiO$_2$ and NaCl. We also show that similar cylindrical core-shell nanostructures derived from flat multilayers also exhibit very good absorptive and reflective properties despite the different geometry.

Pastuszczak, Anna; Antosiewicz, Tomasz J; Kotynski, Rafal

2014-01-01

345

Radar studies of bird migration  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Observations of bird migration with NASA radars were made at Wallops Island, Va. Simultaneous observations were made at a number of radar sites in the North Atlantic Ocean in an effort to discover what happened to those birds that were observed leaving the coast of North America headed toward Bermuda, the Caribbean and South America. Transatlantic migration, utilizing observations from a large number of radars is discussed. Detailed studies of bird movements at Wallops Island are presented.

Williams, T. C.; Williams, J. M.

1974-01-01

346

Radar-aeolian roughness project  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The objective is to establish an empirical relationship between measurements of radar, aeolian, and surface roughness on a variety of natural surfaces and to understand the underlying physical causes. This relationship will form the basis for developing a predictive equation to derive aeolian roughness from radar backscatter. Results are given from investigations carried out in 1989 on the principal elements of the project, with separate sections on field studies, radar data analysis, laboratory simulations, and development of theory for planetary applications.

Greeley, Ronald; Dobrovolskis, A.; Gaddis, L.; Iversen, J. D.; Lancaster, N.; Leach, Rodman N.; Rasnussen, K.; Saunders, S.; Vanzyl, J.; Wall, S.

1991-01-01

347

An electromechanical low frequency panel sound absorber.  

PubMed

The sound absorbing properties of a thin micro-perforated plate (MPP) coated with piezoelectric material with shunt damping technology is investigated. First a theoretical model is presented to predict the sound absorption coefficients of a thin plate attached with a piezoelectric patch and electrical circuits. Then the model is extended to analyze the sound absorption for a thin plate with micro perforations and piezoelectric material. Measurements are also carried out in an impedance tube and found to be in good agreements with the theoretical model. The sound absorption of the constructions can be much improved by tuning the electrical circuits. PMID:20707433

Chang, Daoqing; Liu, Bilong; Li, Xiaodong

2010-08-01

348

Plants absorb heavy metals  

SciTech Connect

Decontamination of heavy metals-polluted soils remains one of the most intractable problems of cleanup technology. Currently available techniques include extraction of the metals by physical and chemical means, such as acid leaching and electroosmosis, or immobilization by vitrification. There are presently no techniques for cleanup which are low cost and retain soil fertility after metals removal. But a solution to the problem could be on the horizon. A small but growing number of plants native to metalliferous soils are known to be capable of accumulating extremely high concentrations of metals in their aboveground portions. These hyperaccumulators, as they are called, contain up to 1,000 times larger metal concentrations in their aboveground parts than normal species. Their distribution is global, including many different families of flowering plants of varying growth forms, from herbaceous plants to trees. Hyperaccumulators absorb metals they do not need for their own nutrition. The metals are accumulated in the leaf and stem vacuoles, and to a lesser extent in the roots.

Parry, J.

1995-02-01

349

47 CFR 80.273 - Radar standards.  

Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

...Telecommunication 5 2013-10-01 2013-10-01 false Radar standards. 80.273 Section 80.273 Telecommunication...Authorization for Compulsory Ships § 80.273 Radar standards. (a) Radar installations on board ships that are...

2013-10-01

350

Overview of Radar Data Compression Valliappa Lakshmanan  

E-print Network

Overview of Radar Data Compression Valliappa Lakshmanan Cooperative Institute of Mesoscale Meteorological Studies University of Oklahoma & National Severe Storms Laboratory Abstract Radar data is routinely transmitted in real-time from the coterminous United States (CONUS) radar sites and placed

Lakshmanan, Valliappa

351

REVIEW ARTICLE Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar  

E-print Network

REVIEW ARTICLE Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar Christopher T. Allen Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Radar Systems and Remote Sensing Laboratory University of Kansas Abstract. This paper provides a brief review of interferometric synthetic aperture radar (In

Kansas, University of

352

47 CFR 80.273 - Radar standards.  

Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

...Telecommunication 5 2012-10-01 2012-10-01 false Radar standards. 80.273 Section 80.273 Telecommunication...Authorization for Compulsory Ships § 80.273 Radar standards. (a) Radar installations on board ships that are...

2012-10-01

353

47 CFR 80.273 - Radar standards.  

Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

...Telecommunication 5 2014-10-01 2014-10-01 false Radar standards. 80.273 Section 80.273 Telecommunication...Authorization for Compulsory Ships § 80.273 Radar standards. (a) Radar installations on board ships that are...

2014-10-01

354

Unglazed transpired solar collector having a low thermal-conductance absorber  

DOEpatents

An unglazed transpired solar collector using solar radiation to heat incoming air for distribution, comprising an unglazed absorber formed of low thermal-conductance material having a front surface for receiving the solar radiation and openings in the unglazed absorber for passage of the incoming air such that the incoming air is heated as it passes towards the front surface of the absorber and the heated air passes through the openings in the absorber for distribution.

Christensen, Craig B. (Boulder, CO); Kutscher, Charles F. (Golden, CO); Gawlik, Keith M. (Boulder, CO)

1997-01-01

355

Unglazed transpired solar collector having a low thermal-conductance absorber  

DOEpatents

An unglazed transpired solar collector using solar radiation to heat incoming air for distribution, comprises an unglazed absorber formed of low thermal-conductance material having a front surface for receiving the solar radiation and openings in the unglazed absorber for passage of the incoming air such that the incoming air is heated as it passes towards the front surface of the absorber and the heated air passes through the openings in the absorber for distribution. 3 figs.

Christensen, C.B.; Kutscher, C.F.; Gawlik, K.M.

1997-12-02

356

Radar Image, Hokkaido, Japan  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The southeast part of the island of Hokkaido, Japan, is an area dominated by volcanoes and volcanic caldera. The active Usu Volcano is at the lower right edge of the circular Lake Toya-Ko and near the center of the image. The prominent cone above and to the left of the lake is Yotei Volcano with its summit crater. The city of Sapporo lies at the base of the mountains at the top of the image and the town of Yoichi -- the hometown of SRTM astronaut Mamoru Mohri -- is at the upper left edge. The bay of Uchiura-Wan takes up the lower center of the image. In this image, color represents elevation, from blue at the lowest elevations to white at the highest. The radar image has been overlaid to provide more details of the terrain. Due to a processing problem, an island in the center of this crater lake is missing and will be properly placed when further SRTM swaths are processed. The horizontal banding in this image is a processing artifact that will be removed when the navigation information collected by SRTM is fully calibrated. This image was acquired by the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour, launched on February 11, 2000. SRTM used the same radar instrument that comprised the Spaceborne Imaging Radar-C/X-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar (SIR-C/X-SAR) that flew twice on the Space Shuttle Endeavour in 1994. SRTM was designed to collect three-dimensional measurements of the Earth's surface. To collect the 3-D data, engineers added a 60-meter-long (200-foot) mast, installed additional C-band and X-band antennas, and improved tracking and navigation devices. The mission is a cooperative project between the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA) of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), and the German and Italian space agencies. It is managed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, for NASA's Earth Science Enterprise, Washington, DC. Size: 100 by 150 kilometers (62 by 93 miles) Location: 42.5 deg. North lat., 140.3 deg. East lon. Orientation: North towards upper left Image Data: SRTM Original Data Resolution: SRTM 30 meters (99 feet) Date Acquired: February 17, 2000

2000-01-01

357

Improvement Of The Helmholtz Absorber  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Helmholtz-resonator system improved to enable it to absorb sound at more than one frequency without appreciable loss of effectiveness at primary frequency. Addition of annular cavities enables absorption of sound at harmonic frequencies in addition to primary frequency. Improved absorber designed for use on structures of high transmission loss. Applied to such machines as fixed-speed engines and fans.

Morrow, Duane L.

1992-01-01

358

Black liquid absorbing solar collector  

Microsoft Academic Search

A description is given of a solar to thermal energy converter for use in solar energy collector systems comprising an upper and lower surfaces transparent to solar energy and defining a plurality of elongate channel means therebetween for exposing a solar energy absorber heat transfer fluid to solar radiation, a solar energy absorber heat transfer fluid comprisng a black liquid

Mattson

1980-01-01

359

Millimeter Wave Cloud Radar (MMCR) Handbook  

SciTech Connect

The millimeter cloud radar (MMCR) systems probe the extent and composition of clouds at millimeter wavelengths. The MMCR is a zenith-pointing radar that operates at a frequency of 35 GHz. The main purpose of this radar is to determine cloud boundaries (e.g., cloud bottoms and tops). This radar will also report radar reflectivity (dBZ) of the atmosphere up to 20 km. The radar possesses a doppler capability that will allow the measurement of cloud constituent vertical velocities.

KB Widener; K Johnson

2005-01-30

360

Radar-based detection and estimation of reinforcement elements and degree of corrosion  

Microsoft Academic Search

Corrosion is a process that takes place when essential properties within a given material begin to deteriorate, after exposure to elements that recur within the environment. Radar- based detection has tended to provide unpredictable accuracy in estimating areas of corrosion-induced damage in reinforced concrete structures. This study examines and compares the efficiency of two NDT approaches, the ground penetrating radar

Shahid Kabir

2011-01-01

361

An image-based approach for classification of human micro-doppler radar signatures  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

With the advances in radar technology, there is an increasing interest in automatic radar-based human gait identification. This is because radar signals can penetrate through most dielectric materials. In this paper, an image-based approach is proposed for classifying human micro-Doppler radar signatures. The time-varying radar signal is first converted into a time-frequency representation, which is then cast as a two-dimensional image. A descriptor is developed to extract micro-Doppler features from local time-frequency patches centered along the torso Doppler frequency. Experimental results based on real data collected from a 24-GHz Doppler radar showed that the proposed approach achieves promising classification performance.

Tivive, Fok Hing Chi; Phung, Son Lam; Bouzerdoum, Abdesselam

2013-05-01

362

Removing interfering clutter associated with radar pulses that an airborne radar receives from a radar transponder  

DOEpatents

Interfering clutter in radar pulses received by an airborne radar system from a radar transponder can be suppressed by developing a representation of the incoming echo-voltage time-series that permits the clutter associated with predetermined parts of the time-series to be estimated. These estimates can be used to estimate and suppress the clutter associated with other parts of the time-series.

Ormesher, Richard C. (Albuquerque, NM); Axline, Robert M. (Albuquerque, NM)

2008-12-02

363

Cross-hole radar scanning of two vertical, permeable, reactive-iron walls at the Massachusetts Military Reservation, Cape Cod, Massachusetts  

USGS Publications Warehouse

A pilot-scale study was conducted by the U.S. Army National Guard (USANG) at the Massachusetts Military Reservation (MMR) on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, to assess the use of a hydraulic-fracturing method to create vertical, permeable walls of zero-valent iron to passively remediate ground water contaminated with chlorinated solvents. The study was conducted near the source area of the Chemical Spill-10 (CS-10) plume, a plume containing chlorinated solvents that underlies the MMR. Ground-water contamination near the source area extends from about 24 m (meters) to 35 m below land surface. The USANG designed two reactive-iron walls to be 12 m long and positioned 24 to 37 m below land surface to intersect and remediate part of the CS-10 plume.Because iron, as an electrical conductor, absorbs electromagnetic energy, the US Geological Survey used a cross-hole common-depth, radar scanning method to assess the continuity and to estimate the lateral and vertical extent of the two reactive-iron walls. The cross-hole radar surveys were conducted in boreholes on opposite sides of the iron injection zones using electric-dipole antennas with dominant center frequencies of 100 and 250 MHz. Significant decreases in the radar-pulse amplitudes observed in scans that traversed the injection zones were interpreted by comparing field data to results of two-dimensional finite-difference time-domain numerical models and laboratory-scale physical models.The numerical and physical models simulate a wall of perfectly conducting material embedded in saturated sand. Results from the numerical and physical models show that the amplitude of the radar pulse transmitted across the edge of a conductive wall is about 43 percent of the amplitude of a radar pulse transmitted across background material. The amplitude of a radar pulse transmitted through a hole in a conductive wall increases as the aperture of the hole increases. The modeling results indicate that holes with an aperture of less than 40 percent of the dominant wavelength of the radar pulse are not likely to be detected.Based on the results of the numerical and physical modeling, the decreases in radar-pulse amplitudes observed in scans traversing the injection zones are interpreted as electrically conductive zones that outline the distribution of iron. The area interpreted as iron in the northern A-wall contains two zones -- an upper zone about 10 m wide, extending from about 25 to 31 m below land surface, and a lower zone about 8 m wide, extending from 31.5 to 34.5 m below land surface. The area interpreted as iron in the southern B-wall is about 9 m wide, extending from about 27 to 34.5 m below land surface. No discrete holes were interpreted in either the A- or B-wall zones.The interpretation of the field data suggests that (1) the hydraulic-fracturing method introduced iron into the subsurface, but not in the dimensions originally proposed; (2) the iron within the treatment zones is distributed in a generally continuous manner; and (3) excluding the discontinuity in the A-wall, holes within the iron treatment zone, if any, exist at scales smaller than about 10 cm, the resolution limit of the radar antennas and acquisition geometry used for this study. The cross-hole radar method appears to have been an effective method for delineating the distribution of iron in the two walls; however, the veracity of the results cannot be ascertained without excavation or drilling into the treatment zone.

Lane, J.W., Jr.; Joesten, P.K.; Savoie, J.G.

2001-01-01

364

Wall characterization for through-the-wall radar applications  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

There has been continuing interest in the penetration of multilayer building materials, such as wood walls with air gaps and concrete hollow core block, using through-the-wall (TTW) radar systems. TTW operational techniques and signal propagation paths vary depending on how the TTW system is intended to be operated. For example, the operator of a TTW radar may be required to place the radar against the intervening wall of interest while collecting data. Other operational doctrines allow the radar to be operated in a stand-off mode from the wall. The stand-off distances can vary from feet to hundreds of feet, depending on the type of radar being used. When a signal is propagated through a multilayer wall with air gaps between the material and the wall construction uses materials of radically different dielectric constants, attenuation may not be the only effect that the probing signal experiences passing through the wall. This paper presents measurements of a hollow core concrete block wall and the measurement of a standard wall constructed of siding and wallboard. Both types of walls are typically found in most U.S. homes. These limited measurements demonstrate that the type of wall being penetrated by a wideband signal can modify the probing signal.

Greneker, Gene; Rausch, E. O.

2008-04-01

365

Leaf absorbance and photosynthesis  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The absorption spectrum of a leaf is often thought to contain some clues to the photosynthetic action spectrum of chlorophyll. Of course, absorption of photons is needed for photosynthesis, but the reverse, photosynthesis when there is absorption, is not necessarily true. As a check on the existence of absorption limits we measured spectra for a few different leaves. Two techniques for measuring absorption have been used, viz. the separate determination of the diffuse reflectance and the diffuse transmittance with the leaf at a port of an integrating sphere and the direct determination of the non-absorbed fraction with the leaf in the sphere. In a cross-check both methods yielded the same results for the absorption spectrum. The spectrum of a Fuchsia leaf, covering the short-wave region from 350 to 2500 nm, shows a high absorption in UV, blue and red, the well known dip in the green and a steep fall-off at 700 nm. Absorption drops to virtually zero in the near infrared, with subsequent absorptions, corresponding to the water absorption bands. In more detailed spectra, taken at 5 nm intervals with a 5 nm bandwidth, differences in chlorophyll content show in the different depths of the dip around 550 nm and in a small shift of the absorption edge at 700 nm. Spectra for Geranium (Pelargonium zonale) and Hibiscus (with a higher chlorophyll content) show that the upper limit for photosynthesis can not be much above 700 nm. No evidence, however, is to be seen of a lower limit for photosynthesis and, in fact, some experiments down to 300 nm still did not show a decrease of the absorption although it is well recognized that no photosynthesis results with 300 nm wavelengths.

Schurer, Kees

1994-01-01

366

Planetary radar studies. [radar mapping of the Moon and radar signatures of lunar and Venus craters  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Progress made in studying the evolution of Venusian craters and the evolution of infrared and radar signatures of lunar crater interiors is reported. Comparison of radar images of craters on Venus and the Moon present evidence for a steady state Venus crater population. Successful observations at the Arecibo Observatory yielded good data on five nights when data for a mix of inner and limb areas were acquired. Lunar craters with radar bright ejects are discussed. An overview of infrared radar crater catalogs in the data base is included.

Thompson, T. W.; Cutts, J. A.

1981-01-01

367

Energy deposition studies for the LBNE beam absorber  

E-print Network

Results of detailed Monte Carlo energy deposition studies performed for the LBNE absorber core and the surrounding shielding with the MARS15 code are described. The model of the entire facility, that includes a pion-production target, focusing horns, target chase, decay channel, hadron absorber system -- all with corresponding radiation shielding -- was developed using the recently implemented ROOT-based geometry option in the MARS15 code. This option provides substantial flexibility and automation when developing complex geometry models. Both normal operation and accidental conditions were studied. Various design options were considered, in particular the following: (i) filling the decay pipe with air or helium; (ii) the absorber mask material and shape; (iii) the beam spoiler material and size. Results of detailed thermal calculations with the ANSYS code helped to select the most viable absorber design options.

Rakhno, Igor L; Tropin, Igor S

2015-01-01

368

Optimization of the acoustic absorption coefficients of certain functional absorbents  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The sound absorption coefficients of some functional absorbents (mineral wool plates) are determined by the reverberation chamber method. The influence of the angle of inclination of the sound absorbing material with respect to the surface to be treated is analyzed as well as the influence of the covering index, defined as the ratio of the designed area of a plate and the area of the treated surface belonging to another plate. As compared with the conventional method of applying sound-absorbing plates, the analyzed structures have a higher technological and economical efficiency. The optimum structure corresponds to an angle of inclination of 15 deg and a covering index of 0.8.

Pocsa, V.; Biborosch, L.; Veres, A.; Halpert, E.; Lorian, R.; Botos, T.

1974-01-01

369

Ultrathin microwave absorbers made of mu-near-zero metamaterials  

E-print Network

In this paper, mu-near-zero (MNZ) metamaterials are utilized to achieve an ultrathin absorber with a thickness of only about one percent of the operating wavelength. The metamaterial absorber (MA) is made of double-layered metallic spiral arrays designed to have a large purely imaginary permeability at low microwave frequencies (~ 1.7 GHz). An absorption efficiency above 90% is demonstrated at illumination angles up to 60 degrees. A polarization-insensitive MA implemented by 2D isotropic metamaterials is also studied. Our designs have great application potential as compared with the traditional heavy and thick absorbers made of natural materials working at the same frequencies.

Zhong, Shuomin

2012-01-01

370

Disposable Diaper Absorbency: Improvements via Advanced Designs.  

PubMed

Absorbency effectiveness in diapers has improved significantly in recent years with the advent of new ingredient combinations and advanced design features. With these features, many leading products maintain their dryness performance overnight. Considering the importance of holding liquid away from the skin, ongoing research in diaper construction focuses on strategies to increase the effectiveness to capture liquid and help avoid rewetting of infant skin. The layout and design of a disposable diaper allows for distribution of absorbency features where they can provide the optimal benefit. Clinical evidence indicates materials can keep moisture away from the skin in the diapered area, helping maintain proper skin hydration, minimizing irritation, and contributing to reduced rates of diaper rash. PMID:24961785

Helmes, C Tucker; O'Connor, Robert; Sawyer, Larry; Young, Sharon

2014-06-24

371

Impedance matched thin metamaterials make metals absorbing  

PubMed Central

Metals are generally considered good reflectors over the entire electromagnetic spectrum up to their plasma frequency. Here we demonstrate an approach to tailor their absorbing characteristics based on the effective metamaterial properties of thin, periodic metallo-dielectric multilayers by exploiting a broadband, inherently non-resonant, surface impedance matching mechanism. Based on this mechanism, we design, fabricate and test omnidirectional, thin (<1 micron), polarization independent, extremely efficient absorbers (in principle being capable to reach A > 99%) over a frequency range spanning from the UV to the IR. Our approach opens new venues to design cost effective materials for many applications such as thermo-photovoltaic energy conversion devices, light harvesting for solar cells, flat panel display, infrared detectors, stray light reduction, stealth and others. PMID:24220284

Mattiucci, N.; Bloemer, M. J.; Aközbek, N.; D'Aguanno, G.

2013-01-01

372

Solar energy absorbing roof  

Microsoft Academic Search

A roof structure has a supporting base on which a layer of insulating material is placed and over which is a metal layer having water circulating channels. The metal layer is covered by a water proofing layer, the outer surface of which is covered with mineral particles. The roof structure serves both the function of a conventional roof and a

Ronc

1980-01-01

373

Assessment of some shock absorbing insoles.  

PubMed

Due to the increase in prescription of insoles to relieve symptoms due to skeletal shocks at heel strike a pilot study was initiated to look at some materials used for this purpose. Five materials were examined (Plastazote, Spenco, Sorbothane, Poron (PPT) and Viscolas) by two methods. The first method used an accelerometer mounted between the teeth of one of the authors (PR) to record skeletal shock. The second method used a force plate to record the shock produced by dropping a ball-bearing onto the insoles from a standard height. The results showed that Plastazote is poor at absorbing shock with Spenco and Sorbothane being quite good. The best insole materials tested were Poron (PPT) and Viscolas with the latter being marginally superior. No account was taken of degradation of the materials in use except that Plastazote worn for 72 hours was also used in the study, this producing the worst results. PMID:3725565

Pratt, D J; Rees, P H; Rodgers, C

1986-04-01

374

A novel composite sound absorber with recycled rubber particles  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A new kind of composite sound absorber has been fabricated, using recycled rubber particles with good attenuation property as sound energy attenuation layer, low characteristic impedance materials such as polymer porous foam or perforated panel as matching layer. Its' attractive characteristics include: low-cost, broad-band sound absorption, thin in thickness and relatively simple processing. An acoustic transmission analytical model is developed and successfully applied to evaluate the sound absorption of the composite absorber.

Hong, Zhou; Bo, Li; Guangsu, Huang; Jia, He

2007-07-01

375

Acoustical model of a Shoddy fibre absorber  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Shoddy fibres or "Shoddies" are a mixture of post-consumer and post-industrial fibres diverted from textile waste streams and recycled into their raw fibre form. They have found widespread use as a raw material for manufacturing sound absorbers that include, but are not limited to: automotive, architectural and home appliance applications. The purpose of this project is to develop a simple acoustic model to describe the acoustic behaviour of sound absorbers composed primarily of Shoddy fibres. The model requires knowledge of the material's bulk density only. To date, these materials have not been the focus of much published research and acoustical designers must rely on models that were developed for other materials or are overly complex. For modelling purposes, an equivalent fluid approach is chosen to balance complexity and accuracy. In deriving the proposed model, several popular equivalent fluid models are selected and the required input parameters for each model identified. The models are: the model of Delaney and Bazley, two models by Miki, the model of Johnson in conjunction with the model of Champoux and Allard and the model of Johnson in conjunction with the model of Lafarge. Characterization testing is carried out on sets of Shoddy absorbers produced using three different manufacturing methods. The measured properties are open porosity, tortuosity, airflow resistivity, the viscous and thermal characteristic lengths and the static thermal permeability. Empirical relationships between model parameters and bulk density are then derived and used to populate the selected models. This yields several 'simplified' models with bulk density as the only parameter. The most accurate model is then selected by comparing each model's prediction to the results of normal incidence sound absorption tests. The model of Johnson-Lafarge populated with the empirical relations is the most accurate model over the range of frequencies considered (approx. 300 Hz - 4000 Hz) Characterization testing yields specific values for intrinsic material parameters that allow for comparison to other porous materials. Individual parameter relations allow users to substitute measured or theoretical values as needed. A new empirical acoustical model is proposed to describe the behaviour of Shoddy-based fibre absorbers. The model requires knowledge of the bulk density only. This parameter is easily measured making application of the model elementary. Mots-clés : Shoddy, porous, fibre, recycled, absorption, model, acoustic.

Manning, John Peter

376

Venus - First Radar Test  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

After traveling more than 1.5 billion kilometers (948 million miles), the Magellan spacecraft was inserted into orbit around Venus on Aug. 10, 1990. This mosaic consists of adjacent pieces of two Magellan image strips obtained on Aug. 16 in the first radar test. The radar test was part of a planned In Orbit Checkout sequence designed to prepare the Magellan spacecraft and radar to begin mapping after Aug. 31. The strip on the left was returned to the Goldstone Deep Space Network station in California; the strip to the right was received at the DSN in Canberra, Australia. A third station that will be receiving Magellan data is located near Madrid, Spain. Each image strip is 20 km (12 miles) wide and 16,000 km (10,000 miles) long. This mosaic is a small portion 80 km (50 miles) long. This image is centered at 21 degrees north latitude and 286.8 degrees east longitude, southeast of a volcanic highland region called Beta Regio. The resolution of the image is about 120 meters (400 feet), 10 times better than previous images of the same area of Venus, revealing many new geologic features. The bright line trending northwest southeast across the center of the image is a fracture or fault zone cutting the volcanic plains. In the upper left corner of the image, a multiple ring circular feature of probable volcanic origin can be seen, approximately 4.27 km (2.65 miles) across. The bright and dark variations seen in the plains surrounding these features correspond to volcanic lava flows of varying ages. The volcanic lava flows in the southern half of the image have been cut by north south trending faults. This area is similar geologically to volcanic deposits seen on Earth at Hawaii and the Snake River Plains in Idaho.

1990-01-01

377

Microwave Emissions from Police Radar  

Microsoft Academic Search

This study evaluated police officers' exposures to microwaves emitted by traffic radar units. Exposure measurements were taken at approximated ocular and testicular levels of officers seated in patrol vehicles. Comparisons were made of the radar manufacturers' published maximum power density specifications and actual measured power densities taken at the antenna faces of those units. Four speed-enforcement agencies and one transportation

J. M. Fink; J. P. Wagner; J. J. Congleton; J. C. Rock

1999-01-01

378

SHARAD radar signal processing technique  

Microsoft Academic Search

SHARAD (SHAllow RADar) is the sub-surface sounding radar provided by the Italian Space Agency (ASI) as a facility instrument to NASA's 2005 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO). SHARAD has been launched on August '05 and has started its nominal observation phase since November '06. Primary objective of its investigation is to map, in selected regions, dielectric interfaces to depths of up

G. Alberti; S. Dinardo; S. Mattei; C. Papa; M. R. Santovito

2007-01-01

379

CURRENT APPLICATIONS OF IMAGING RADAR  

Microsoft Academic Search

This paper discusses the current status of imaging radar systems deployed on spacecraft and airborne platforms, such as aircraft and unmanned airborne vehicles (UAVs). Imaging radar technology has advanced considerably over the last twenty years, and the user can now be fairly certain of finding a sensor ideal for a specifi c application. The objective of the paper is to

M. R. Inggs; R. T. Lord; WG VII

380

Decorrelation in interferometric radar echoes  

Microsoft Academic Search

A radar interferometric technique for topographic mapping of surfaces, implemented utilizing a single synthetic aperture radar (SAR) system in a nearly repeating orbit, is discussed. The authors characterize the various sources contributing to the echo correlation statistics, and isolate the term which most closely describes surficial change. They then examine the application of this approach to topographic mapping of vegetated

Howard A. Zebker; John Villasensor

1992-01-01

381

Space Radar Images of Earth  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This collection of images was captured by the Spaceborne Imaging Radar-C/X-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar, which was flown on two flights of the space shuttle Endeavour in 1994. Images are classified into categories for ease in searching: archaeological sites, cities, ecology and agriculture, geology, interferometry, oceans, rivers, snow and ice, and volcanoes.

382

thin films as absorber  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Photovoltaic structures were prepared using AgSb(S x Se1- x )2 as absorber and CdS as window layer at various conditions via a hybrid technique of chemical bath deposition and thermal evaporation followed by heat treatments. Silver antimony sulfo selenide thin films [AgSb(S x Se1- x )2] were prepared by heating multilayers of sequentially deposited Sb2S3/Ag dipped in Na2SeSO3 solution, glass/Sb2S3/Ag/Se. For this, Sb2S3 thin films were deposited from a chemical bath containing SbCl3 and Na2S2O3. Then, Ag thin films were thermally evaporated on glass/Sb2S3, followed by selenization by dipping in an acidic solution of Na2SeSO3. The duration of dipping was varied as 3, 4 and 5 h. Two different heat treatments, one at 350 °C for 20 min in vacuum followed by a post-heat treatment at 325 °C for 2 h in Ar, and the other at 350 °C for 1 h in Ar, were applied to the multilayers of different configurations. X-ray diffraction results showed the formation of AgSb(S x Se1- x )2 thin films as the primary phase and AgSb(S,Se)2 and Sb2S3 as secondary phases. Morphology and elemental detection were done by scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive X-ray analysis. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic studies showed the depthwise composition of the films. Optical properties were determined by UV-vis-IR transmittance and reflection spectral analysis. AgSb(S x Se1- x )2 formed at different conditions was incorporated in PV structures glass/FTO/CdS/AgSb(S x Se1- x )2/C/Ag. Chemically deposited post-annealed CdS thin films of various thicknesses were used as window layer. J- V characteristics of the cells were measured under dark and AM1.5 illumination. Analysis of the J- V characteristics resulted in the best solar cell parameters of V oc = 520 mV, J sc = 9.70 mA cm-2, FF = 0.50 and ? = 2.7 %.

González, J. O.; Shaji, S.; Avellaneda, D.; Castillo, G. A.; Das Roy, T. K.; Krishnan, B.

2014-09-01

383

A metamaterial frequency-selective super-absorber that has absorbing cross section significantly bigger than the geometric cross section  

E-print Network

Using the idea of transformation optics, we propose a metamaterial device that serves as a frequency-selective super-absorber, which consists of an absorbing core material coated with a shell of isotropic double negative metamaterial. For a fixed volume, the absorption cross section of the super-absorber can be made arbitrarily large at one frequency. The double negative shell serves to amplify the evanescent tail of the high order incident cylindrical waves, which induces strong scattering and absorption. Our conclusion is supported by both analytical Mie theory and numerical finite element simulation. Interesting applications of such a device are discussed.

Ng, Jack; Chan, C T

2008-01-01

384

Self-Regulating Shock Absorber  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Mechanical shock absorber keeps frictional damping force within tolerable limit. Its damping force does not increase with coefficient of friction between energy-absorbing components; rather, frictional damping force varies only slightly. Relatively insensitive to manufacturing variations and environmental conditions altering friction. Does not exhibit high breakaway friction and consequent sharp increase followed by sharp decrease in damping force at beginning of stroking. Damping force in absorber does not vary appreciably with speed of stroking. In addition, not vulnerable to leakage of hydraulic fluid.

Wesselski, Clarence J.

1995-01-01

385

A radar image time series  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

A set of ten side-looking radar images of a mining area in Arizona that were aquired over a period of 14 yr are studied to demonstrate the photogrammetric differential-rectification technique applied to radar images and to examine changes that occurred in the area over time. Five of the images are rectified by using ground control points and a digital height model taken from a map. Residual coordinate errors in ground control are reduced from several hundred meters in all cases to + or - 19 to 70 m. The contents of the radar images are compared with a Landsat image and with aerial photographs. Effects of radar system parameters on radar images are briefly reviewed.

Leberl, F.; Fuchs, H.; Ford, J. P.

1981-01-01

386

Coherent backscatter radar imaging in Brazil: Bottomside radar plumes  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The 30 MHz coherent scatter backscatter radar in Sao Luis, Brazil has been used for routine two-antenna observations of equatorial E and F region field aligned irregularities since 2002. In 2005, two antenna modules were added to the already existing two modules. These new modules would allow observations with 6 independent interferometric baselines, which then could be used for construction of in-beam radar images similar to those produced at Jicamarca Radio Observatory [e.g. Hysell, 1996]. Despite the low transmitting power and reduced number of baselines, in-beam radar images of F-region scattering structures were successfully constructed with the Sao Luis radar observations. Initial imaging results were used to investigate the horizontal structure of a bottom-type scattering that preceded a fully developed radar plume [Rodrigues et al., 2009]. Here, we examine Sao Luis observations of bottomside radar plumes. Details of the observations and analysis will be presented and the characteristics of the scattering structures seen with this radar will be discussed.

Rodrigues, F. S.; de Paula, E. R.; Hysell, D. L.

2010-12-01

387

Ultra wideband ground penetrating radar imaging of heterogeneous solids  

DOEpatents

A non-invasive imaging system for analyzing engineered structures comprises pairs of ultra wideband radar transmitters and receivers in a linear array that are connected to a timing mechanism that allows a radar echo sample to be taken at a variety of delay times for each radar pulse transmission. The radar transmitters and receivers are coupled to a position determining system that provides the x,y position on a surface for each group of samples measured for a volume from the surface. The radar transmitter and receivers are moved about the surface, e.g., attached to the bumper of a truck, to collect such groups of measurements from a variety of x,y positions. Return signal amplitudes represent the relative reflectivity of objects within the volume and the delay in receiving each signal echo represents the depth at which the object lays in the volume and the propagation speeds of the intervening material layers. Successively deeper z-planes are backward propagated from one layer to the next with an adjustment for variations in the expected propagation velocities of the material layers that lie between adjacent z-planes.

Warhus, John P. (Brentwood, CA); Mast, Jeffrey E. (Livermore, CA)

1998-01-01

388

Ultra wideband ground penetrating radar imaging of heterogeneous solids  

DOEpatents

A non-invasive imaging system for analyzing engineered structures comprises pairs of ultra wideband radar transmitters and receivers in a linear array that are connected to a timing mechanism that allows a radar echo sample to be taken at a variety of delay times for each radar pulse transmission. The radar transmitters and receivers are coupled to a position determining system that provides the x,y position on a surface for each group of samples measured for a volume from the surface. The radar transmitter and receivers are moved about the surface, e.g., attached to the bumper of a truck, to collect such groups of measurements from a variety of x,y positions. Return signal amplitudes represent the relative reflectivity of objects within the volume and the delay in receiving each signal echo represents the depth at which the object lays in the volume and the propagation speeds of the intervening material layers. Successively deeper z-planes are backward propagated from one layer to the next with an adjustment for variations in the expected propagation velocities of the material layers that lie between adjacent z-planes. 11 figs.

Warhus, J.P.; Mast, J.E.

1998-11-10

389

Radar scattering properties of steep-sided domes on Venus  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

More than 100 quasi-circular steep-sided volcanic domes, with diameters ranging from 6 to 60 km, have been observed on the surface of Venus by the Magellan radar mapper. Assuming that they have the shape of a solidified high-viscosity Newtonian fluid, their radar scattering properties can be studied in detail from Magellan images, since a typical radar swath resolves each dome into several tens of thousands of measurements of radar cross section at incidence angles varying fom 15 deg to 55 deg. Through examination of 20 domes in detail, it appears that many of those situated on lava plains scatter radar in a manner that is indistinguishable from that of the surrounding material, suggesting that either (1) they were formed of a relatively high-density high-viscosity material, e.g., andesite, rather than a lower-density one, e.g., rhyolite or dacite; or (2) that their surfaces share a common origin with those of their surroundings, e.g., through in situ weathering or aeolian deposition.

Ford, Peter G.

1994-01-01

390

Radar determination of the spatial structure of hydraulic conductivity.  

PubMed

Spatial variability of hydraulic conductivity exerts a predominant control on the flow of fluid through porous media. Heterogeneities influence advective pathways, hydrodynamic dispersion, and density-dependent dispersion; they are, therefore, a key concern for studies of ground water resource development, contaminant transport, and reservoir engineering. Ground-penetrating radar contributes to the remote, geophysical characterization of the macroscale variability of natural porous media. On a controlled excavation of a glacial-fluvial sand and gravel deposit in the Fanshawe Delta area (Ontario, Canada), the hydraulic conductivity field of a 45 x 3 m vertical exposure was characterized using constant-head permeameter measurements performed on undisturbed horizontal sediment cores. Ground-penetrating radar data were collected along the excavation face in the form of both reflection and common midpoint surveys. Comparison of geostatistical analyses of the permeameter measurements and the radar data suggests thatthe horizontal correlation structure of radar stack velocity can be used to directly infer the horizontal correlation structure of hydraulic conductivity. The averaging nature of the common midpoint survey is manifest in the vertical correlation structure of stack velocity, making it less useful. Radar reflection data do not exhibit a spatial structure similar to that of hydraulic conductivity possibly because reflections are a result of material property contrasts rather than the material properties themselves. PMID:12533072

Oldenborger, Greg A; Schincariol, Robert A; Mansinha, Lalu

2003-01-01

391

Mars Radar Observations with the Goldstone Solar System Radar  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The Goldstone Solar System Radar (GSSR) has successfully collected radar echo data from Mars over the past 30 years. As such, the GSSR has played a role as a specific mission element within Mars exploration. The older data provided local elevation information for Mars, along with radar scattering information with global resolution. Since the upgrade to the 70-m Deep Space Network (DSN) antenna at Goldstone completed in 1986, Mars data has been collected during all but the 1997 Mars opposition. Radar data, and non-imaging delay-Doppler data in particular, requires significant data processing to extract elevation, reflectivity and roughness of the reflecting surface. The spatial resolution of these experiments is typically some 20 km in longitude by some 150 km in latitude. The interpretation of these parameters while limited by the complexities of electromagnetic scattering, do provide information directly relevant to geophysical and geomorphic analyses of Mars. The usefulness of radar data for Mars exploration has been demonstrated in the past. Radar data were critical in assessing the Viking Lander 1 site as well as, more recently, the Pathfinder landing site. In general, radar data have not been available to the Mars exploration community at large. A project funded initially by the Mars Exploration Directorate Science Office at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), and later funded by NASA's Mars Data Analysis Program has reprocessed to a common format a decade's worth of raw GSSR Mars delay-Doppler data in aid of landing site characterization for the Mars Program. These data will soon be submitted to the Planetary Data System (PDS). The radar data used were obtained between 1988 and 1995 by the GSSR, and comprise some 63 delay-Doppler radar tracks. Of these, 15 have yet to be recovered from old 9-track tapes, and some of the data may be permanently lost.

Haldemann, A. F. C.; Jurgens, R. F.; Larsen, K. W.; Arvidson, R. E.; Slade, M. A.

2002-01-01

392

Countercurrent flow absorber and desorber  

DOEpatents

Countercurrent flow absorber and desorber devices are provided for use in absorption cycle refrigeration systems and thermal boosting systems. The devices have increased residence time and surface area resulting in improved heat and mass transfer characteristics. The apparatuses may be incorporated into open cycle thermal boosting systems in which steam serves both as the refrigerant vapor which is supplied to the absorber section and as the supply of heat to drive the desorber section of the system. 9 figs.

Wilkinson, W.H.

1984-10-16

393

21 CFR 872.6050 - Saliva absorber.  

Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

... 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Saliva absorber. 872.6050 Section 872.6050...DEVICES Miscellaneous Devices § 872.6050 Saliva absorber. (a) Identification. A saliva absorber is a device made of paper or...

2010-04-01

394

21 CFR 872.6050 - Saliva absorber.  

Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

... 2011-04-01 2011-04-01 false Saliva absorber. 872.6050 Section 872.6050...DEVICES Miscellaneous Devices § 872.6050 Saliva absorber. (a) Identification. A saliva absorber is a device made of paper or...

2011-04-01

395

21 CFR 872.6050 - Saliva absorber.  

Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

... 2014-04-01 2014-04-01 false Saliva absorber. 872.6050 Section 872.6050...DEVICES Miscellaneous Devices § 872.6050 Saliva absorber. (a) Identification. A saliva absorber is a device made of paper or...

2014-04-01

396

21 CFR 872.6050 - Saliva absorber.  

Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

... 2012-04-01 2012-04-01 false Saliva absorber. 872.6050 Section 872.6050...DEVICES Miscellaneous Devices § 872.6050 Saliva absorber. (a) Identification. A saliva absorber is a device made of paper or...

2012-04-01

397

21 CFR 872.6050 - Saliva absorber.  

Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

... 2013-04-01 2013-04-01 false Saliva absorber. 872.6050 Section 872.6050...DEVICES Miscellaneous Devices § 872.6050 Saliva absorber. (a) Identification. A saliva absorber is a device made of paper or...

2013-04-01

398

Radar, Insect Population Ecology, and Pest Management  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Discussions included: (1) the potential role of radar in insect ecology studies and pest management; (2) the potential role of radar in correlating atmospheric phenomena with insect movement; (3) the present and future radar systems; (4) program objectives required to adapt radar to insect ecology studies and pest management; and (5) the specific action items to achieve the objectives.

Vaughn, C. R. (editor); Wolf, W. (editor); Klassen, W. (editor)

1979-01-01

399

Evaluation of meteorological airborne Doppler radar  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

This paper will discuss the capabilities of airborne Doppler radar for atmospheric sciences research. The evaluation is based on airborne and ground based Doppler radar observations of convective storms. The capability of airborne Doppler radar to measure horizontal and vertical air motions is evaluated. Airborne Doppler radar is shown to be a viable tool for atmospheric sciences research.

Hildebrand, P. H.; Mueller, C. K.

1984-01-01

400

Asteroid and comet orbits using radar data  

Microsoft Academic Search

For the 30 asteroids and 4 comets for which radar astrometric data were given by Ostro (1991), orbits have been computed using both the radar and the existing optical measurements. The techniques required to process radar data in orbit determination solutions are outlined, and future radar observation opportunities for asteroids and comets are identified. For asteroids and comets that have

D. K. Yeomans; P. W. Chodas; M. S. Keesey; S. J. Ostro; J. F. Chandler; I. I. Shapiro

1992-01-01

401

FIRE_CI2_ETL_RADAR  

Atmospheric Science Data Center

FIRE_CI2_ETL_RADAR Project Title:  FIRE II CIRRUS Discipline:  ... Platform:  Ground Station Instrument:  Radar Spatial Coverage:  (37.06, -95.34) Spatial ... Order Data Guide Documents:  ETL_RADAR Guide Readme Files:  Readme ETL_RADAR (PS) ...

2014-05-06

402

Understanding Radar Refractivity: Sources of Uncertainty  

E-print Network

Understanding Radar Refractivity: Sources of Uncertainty David Bodine1,2 , Dan Michaud1,2 , Robert Radar Research Center, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, USA 3 NOAA/OAR National Severe Storms validation of WSR-88D radar refractiv- ity retrievals, and discusses some challenges to implementing radar

Droegemeier, Kelvin K.

403

Mapping small elevation changes over large areas - Differential radar interferometry  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

A technique is described, based on synthetic aperture radar (SAR) interferometry, which uses SAR images for measuring very small (1 cm or less) surface motions with good resolution (10 m) over swaths of up to 50 km. The method was applied to a Seasat data set of an imaging site in Imperial Valley, California, where motion effects were observed that were identified with movements due to the expansion of water-absorbing clays. The technique can be used for accurate measurements of many geophysical phenomena, including swelling and buckling in fault zones, residual displacements from seismic events, and prevolcanic swelling.

Gabriel, Andrew K.; Goldstein, Richard M.; Zebker, Howard A.

1989-01-01

404

Shock wave absorber having a deformable liner  

DOEpatents

This invention discloses a shock wave absorber for a piping system carrying liquid. The absorber has a plastically deformable liner defining the normal flow boundary for an axial segment of the piping system, and a nondeformable housing is spaced outwardly from the liner so as to define a gas-tight space therebetween. The flow capacity of the liner generally corresponds to the flow capacity of the piping system line, but the liner has a noncircular cross section and extends axially of the piping system line a distance between one and twenty times the diameter thereof. Gas pressurizes the gas-tight space equal to the normal liquid pressure in the piping system. The liner has sufficient structural capacity to withstand between one and one-half and two times this normal liquid pressures; but at greater pressures it begins to plastically deform initially with respect to shape to a more circular cross section, and then with respect to material extension by circumferentially stretching the wall of the liner. A high energy shock wave passing through the liner thus plastically deforms the liner radially into the gas space and progressively also as needed in the axial direction of the shock wave to minimize transmission of the shock wave beyond the absorber.

Youngdahl, C.K.; Wiedermann, A.H.; Shin, Y.W.; Kot, C.A.; Ockert, C.E.

1983-08-26

405

Load limiting energy absorbing lightweight debris catcher  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

In the representative embodiment of the invention disclosed, a load limiting, energy absorbing net is arranged to overlay a normally-covered vent opening in the rear bulkhead of the space orbiter vehicle. Spatially-disposed flexible retainer straps are extended from the net and respectively secured to bulkhead brackets spaced around the vent opening. The intermediate portions of the straps are doubled over and stitched together in a pattern enabling the doubled-over portions to progressively separate at a predicable load designed to be well below the tensile capability of the straps as the stitches are successively torn apart by the forces imposed on the retainer members whenever the cover plate is explosively separated from the bulkhead and propelled into the net. By arranging these stitches to be successively torn away at a load below the strap strength in response to forces acting on the retainers that are less than the combined strength of the retainers, this tearing action serves as a predictable compact energy absorber for safely halting the cover plate as the retainers are extended as the net is deployed. The invention further includes a block of an energy-absorbing material positioned in the net for receiving loose debris produced by the explosive release of the cover plate.

Kahn, Jon B. (inventor); Schneider, William C. (inventor)

1991-01-01

406

Simulation, Fabrication and Characterization of THz Metamaterial Absorbers  

PubMed Central

Metamaterials (MM), artificial materials engineered to have properties that may not be found in nature, have been widely explored since the first theoretical1 and experimental demonstration2 of their unique properties. MMs can provide a highly controllable electromagnetic response, and to date have been demonstrated in every technologically relevant spectral range including the optical3, near IR4, mid IR5 , THz6 , mm-wave7 , microwave8 and radio9 bands. Applications include perfect lenses10, sensors11, telecommunications12, invisibility cloaks13 and filters14,15. We have recently developed single band16, dual band17 and broadband18 THz metamaterial absorber devices capable of greater than 80% absorption at the resonance peak. The concept of a MM absorber is especially important at THz frequencies where it is difficult to find strong frequency selective THz absorbers19. In our MM absorber the THz radiation is absorbed in a thickness of ~ ?/20, overcoming the thickness limitation of traditional quarter wavelength absorbers. MM absorbers naturally lend themselves to THz detection applications, such as thermal sensors, and if integrated with suitable THz sources (e.g. QCLs), could lead to compact, highly sensitive, low cost, real time THz imaging systems. PMID:23299442

Grant, James P.; McCrindle, Iain J.H.; Cumming, David R.S.

2012-01-01

407

Interception of LPI radar signals  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Most current radars are designed to transmit short duration pulses with relatively high peak power. These radars can be detected easily by the use of relatively modest EW intercept receivers. Three radar functions (search, anti-ship missile (ASM) seeker, and navigation) are examined to evaluate the effectiveness of potential low probability of intercept (LPI) techniques, such as waveform coding, antenna profile control, and power management that a radar may employ against current Electronic Warfare (EW) receivers. The general conclusion is that it is possible to design a LPI radar which is effective against current intercept EW receivers. LPI operation is most easily achieved at close ranges and against a target with a large radar cross section. The general system sensitivity requirement for the detection of current and projected LPI radars is found to be on the order of -100 dBmi which cannot be met by current EW receivers. Finally, three potential LPI receiver architectures, using channelized, superhet, and acousto-optic receivers with narrow RF and video bandwidths are discussed. They have shown some potential in terms of providing the sensitivity and capability in an environment where both conventional and LPI signals are present.

Lee, Jim P.

1991-11-01

408

Large phased-array radars  

SciTech Connect

Large phased-array radars can play a very important part in arms control. They can be used to determine the number of RVs being deployed, the type of targeting of the RVs (the same or different targets), the shape of the deployed objects, and possibly the weight and yields of the deployed RVs. They can provide this information at night as well as during the day and during rain and cloud covered conditions. The radar can be on the ground, on a ship, in an airplane, or space-borne. Airborne and space-borne radars can provide high resolution map images of the ground for reconnaissance, of anti-ballistic missile (ABM) ground radar installations, missile launch sites, and tactical targets such as trucks and tanks. The large ground based radars can have microwave carrier frequencies or be at HF (high frequency). For a ground-based HF radar the signal is reflected off the ionosphere so as to provide over-the-horizon (OTH) viewing of targets. OTH radars can potentially be used to monitor stealth targets and missile traffic.

Brookner, D.E.

1988-12-15

409

Realization of compact semi- and fully anechoic chambers using a new developed composite absorber  

Microsoft Academic Search

The shape of a composite absorber consisting of ferrite and dielectric lossy material was investigated to reduce the length of the absorber and improve the reflection coefficient in the low frequency range by effectively changing the cross section of the dielectric lossy materials towards the direction of the length. It was found that the most suitable change of cross section

Ken Ishino; Takao Morikawa; Toshifumi Saito; Yasuo Hashimoto; Yasutaka Shimizu

1994-01-01

410

Piston-rotaxanes as molecular shock absorbers.  

PubMed

We describe the thermomechanical response of a new molecular system that behaves as a shock absorber. The system consists of a rodlike rotaxane connected to a piston and tethered to a surface. The response of this system is dominated by the translational entropy of the rotaxane rings and can be calculated exactly. The force laws are contrasted with those for a rigid rod and a polymer. In some cases, the rotaxanes undergo a sudden transition to a tilted state when compressed. These piston-rotaxanes provide a potential motif for the design of a new class of materials with a novel thermomechanical response. PMID:20158174

Sevick, E M; Williams, D R M

2010-04-20

411

Change detection using the synchronous impulse reconstruction (SIRE) radar  

Microsoft Academic Search

Change detection provides a powerful tool for detecting the introduction of weapons or hazardous materials into an area under surveillance, as demonstrated in past work carried out at the Army Research Laboratory (ARL). This earlier work demonstrated the potential for detecting recently emplaced surface landmines using an X-Band, synthetic aperture radar (SAR) sensor. Recent experiments conducted at ARL have extended

Kenneth Ranney; Lam Nguyen; Marc Ressler; Brian Stanton; David Wong; Francois Koenig; Chi Tran; Getachew Kirose; Anthony Martone; Greg Smith; Jeff Sichina; Karl Kappra

2008-01-01

412

Numerical modelling of high-frequency ground-penetrating radar antennas   

E-print Network

Ground-Penetrating Radar (GPR) is a non-destructive electromagnetic investigative tool used in many applications across the fields of engineering and geophysics. The propagation of electromagnetic waves in lossy materials ...

Warren, Craig

2009-01-01

413

Assessing the capabilities of ground penetrating radar for applications in geologic and engineering subsurface studies  

E-print Network

of electromagnetic energy into the subsurface where it is reflected back and recorded. The velocity, attenuation, and strength of the radar energy are affected by the electrical properties of a material, namely electric permittivity. The presence of water, whose...

Servos, Stacia Lynn

1998-01-01

414

Experimental Investigation into the Radar Anomalies on the Surface of Venus  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Radar mapping of thc surface of Venus shows areas of high reflectivity (low emissivity) in the Venusian highlands at altitudes between 2.5-4.75 kilometers. The origin of the radar anomalies found in the Venusian highlands remains unclear. Most explanations of the potential causes for these radar anomalies come from theoretical work. Previous studies suggest increased surface roughness or materials with higher dielectric constants as well as surface atmospheric interactions. Several possible candidates of high-dielectric materials are tellurium) ferroelectric materials, and lead or bismuth sulfides. While previous studies have been influential in determining possible sources for the Venus anomalies, only a very few hypotheses have been verified via experimentation. This work intends to experimentally constrain the source of the radar anomalies on Venus. This study proposes to investigate four possible materials that could potentially cause the high reflectivities on the surface of Venus and tests their behavior under simulated Venusian conditions.

Kohler, E.; Gavin, P.; Chevrier, V.; Johnson, Natasha M.

2012-01-01

415

Space Radar Images of Earth  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

Spaceborne Imaging Radar-C/X-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar (SIR-C/X-SAR), part of NASA's Mission to Planet Earth, is studying how our global environment is changing. From the unique vantage point of space, the radar system observes, monitors and assesses large-scale environmental processes with a focus on climate change. The spaceborne data, complemented by aircraft and ground studies, gives scientists highly detailed information that will help them distinguish natural environmental changes from those that are the result of human activity. The images are divided into nine categories for easier viewing.

416

The Clementine Bistatic Radar Experiment  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

During the Clementine 1 mission, a bistatic radar experiment measured the magnitude and polarization of the radar echo versus bistatic angle, beta, for selected lunar areas. Observations of the lunar south pole yield a same-sense polarization enhancement around beta = 0. Analysis shows that the observed enhancement is localized to the permanently shadowed regions of the lunar south pole. Radar observations of periodically solar-illuminated lunar surfaces, including the north pole, yielded no such enhancement. A probable explanation for these differences is the presence of low-loss volume scatterers, such as water ice, in the permanently shadowed region at the south pole.

Nozette, S.; Lichtenberg, C. L.; Spudis, P.; Bonner, R.; Ort, W.; Malaret, E.; Robinson, M.; Shoemaker, E. M.

1996-01-01

417

Ganymede: observations by radar.  

PubMed

Radar cross-section measurements indicate that Ganymede scatters to Earth 12 percent of the power expected from a conducting sphere of the same size and distance. This compares with 8 percent for Mars, 12 percent for Venus, 6 percent for Mercury, and about 8 percent for the asteroid Toro. Furthermore, Ganymede is considerably rougher (to the scale of the wavelength used, 12.6 centimeters) than Mars, Venus, or Mercury. Roughness is made evident in this experiment by the presence of echoes away from the center of the disk. A perfectly smooth target would reflect only a glint from the center, whereas a very rough target would reflect power from over the entire disk. PMID:17818164

Goldstein, R M; Morris, G A

1975-06-20

418

An analysis of through- wall radar based on UWB impulse technique  

Microsoft Academic Search

Application of through-wall radar requires the ability to detect targets through relatively high-density materials such as concrete, stone and brick. Ultra wideband (UWB) impulse technique is able to penetrate these materials. The capacity to make wall relatively transparent is due to the broad-band nature of the transmitted impulses. First of all, ultra wideband radar system block diagram is depicted. Secondly,

Jiabing Zhu; Yi Hong

2010-01-01

419

Venus - Concentrations of radar-reflective minerals by wind  

SciTech Connect

The effectiveness of wind in concentrating minerals with high radar reflectiveness on the surface of Venus is investigated experimentally in the Venus Wind Tunnel (Greeley et al., 1984) under CO{sub 2} densities typical of Venusian conditions. Density sorting of sand particles during the formation of microdunes is demonstrated, and calculations show that wind-blown deposits of dense conductive material such as ilmenite need to be only a few cm thick to account for the local enhancements of radar reflectivity observed by Pioneer Venus at wavelength 17 cm. 28 refs.

Greeley, R.; Marshall, J.R.; Dobrovolskis, A.R.; Clemens, D.; Pollack, J.B. (Arizona State Univ., Tempe (USA) NASA, Moffett Field, CA (USA))

1991-03-01

420

Probing the Martian Subsurface with Synthetic Aperture Radar  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Many regions of the martian surface are covered by fine-grained materials emplaced by volcanic, fluvial, or aeolian processes. These mantling deposits likely hide ancient channel systems (particularly at smaller scale lengths) and volcanic, impact, glacial, or shoreline features. Synthetic aperture radar (SAR) offers the capability to probe meters below the surface, with imaging resolution in the 10 s of m range, to reveal the buried terrain and enhance our understanding of Mars geologic and climate history. This presentation focuses on the practical applications of a Mars orbital SAR, methods for polarimetric and interferometric radar studies, and examples of such techniques for Mars-analog sites on the Moon and Earth.

Campbell, B. A.; Maxwell, T. A.; Freeman, A.

2005-01-01

421

Fly eye radar or micro-radar sensor technology  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

To compensate for its eye's inability to point its eye at a target, the fly's eye consists of multiple angularly spaced sensors giving the fly the wide-area visual coverage it needs to detect and avoid the threats around him. Based on a similar concept a revolutionary new micro-radar sensor technology is proposed for detecting and tracking ground and/or airborne low profile low altitude targets in harsh urban environments. Distributed along a border or around a protected object (military facility and buildings, camp, stadium) small size, low power unattended radar sensors can be used for target detection and tracking, threat warning, pre-shot sniper protection and provides effective support for homeland security. In addition it can provide 3D recognition and targets classification due to its use of five orders more pulses than any scanning radar to each space point, by using few points of view, diversity signals and intelligent processing. The application of an array of directional antennas eliminates the need for a mechanical scanning antenna or phase processor. It radically decreases radar size and increases bearing accuracy several folds. The proposed micro-radar sensors can be easy connected to one or several operators by point-to-point invisible protected communication. The directional antennas have higher gain, can be multi-frequency and connected to a multi-functional network. Fly eye micro-radars are inexpensive, can be expendable and will reduce cost of defense.

Molchanov, Pavlo; Asmolova, Olga

2014-05-01

422

Mushroom plasmonic metamaterial infrared absorbers  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

There has been a considerable amount of interest in the development of various types of electromagnetic wave absorbers for use in different wavelength ranges. In particular, infrared (IR) absorbers with wavelength selectivity can be applied to advanced uncooled IR sensors, which would be capable of identifying objects through their radiation spectrum. In the present study, mushroom plasmonic metamaterial absorbers (MPMAs) for the IR wavelength region were designed and fabricated. The MPMAs consist of a periodic array of thin metal micropatches connected to a thin metal plate with narrow silicon (Si) posts. A Si post height of 200 nm was achieved by isotropic XeF2 etching of a thin Si layer sandwiched between metal plates. This fabrication procedure is relatively simple and is consistent with complementary metal oxide semiconductor technology. The absorption spectra of the fabricated MPMAs were experimentally measured. In addition, theoretical calculations of their absorption properties were conducted using rigorous coupled wave analysis. Both the calculated and measured absorbance results demonstrated that these MPMAs can realize strong selective absorption at wavelengths beyond the period of the array by varying the micropatch width. Absorbance values greater than 90% were achieved. Dual- or single-mode absorption can also be selected by varying the width of the Si posts. Pixel structures using such MPMAs could be used as high responsivity, high resolution and fast uncooled IR sensors.

Ogawa, Shinpei; Fujisawa, Daisuke; Hata, Hisatoshi; Uetsuki, Mitsuharu; Misaki, Koji; Kimata, Masafumi

2015-01-01

423

A major application of these modules--in which the solar absorber can be deposited on virtually any type of material and in any shape--is in the huge building-integrated photo-  

E-print Network

on virtually any type of material and in any shape--is in the huge building-integrated photo- voltaics (BIPV diselenide (CIGS) material to be deposited directly onto common building materials such as metal, glass, aluminum, platinum, or palladium. For thicker inks, NREL has developed metal-organic inks that also contain

424

A plea for radar brightness  

Microsoft Academic Search

The radar reflectivity coefficient of a distributed scatterer, expressed either as ?0 or ?, depends on local incidence angle. Prior to incidence angle projection, the reflectivity coefficient may be called \\

R. K. Raney; T. Freeman; R. W. Hawkins; R. Bamler

1994-01-01

425

Ground Penetrating Radar, Barrow, Alaska  

DOE Data Explorer

This is 500 MHz Ground Penetrating Radar collected along the AB Line in Intensive Site 1 beginning in October 2012 and collected along L2 in Intensive Site 0 beginning in September 2011. Both continue to the present.

John Peterson

426

Western Eisila Regio, Venus - Radar properties of volcanic deposits  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The 1988 Arecibo Observatory dual-polarization radar images are presented for Western Eisila Regio, Venus. The polarization information and Pioneer-Venus Orbiter reflectivity and altimetry data are analyzed for volcanic deposits on two 400-500 km radius constructs, Sif and Gula Montes. Many of the large effusive deposits studied appear to require superposed flows or multiple vents to explain the observed progression of roughness along their length. High Fresnel reflectivity material may be present along the summit region of Gula Mons and in an embayed tessera-like region to the N. Radar-dark units on the flanks of Sif Mons are inferred to be pyroclastic deposits, but radar-dark features near the summits of both edifices are more consistent with very smooth lava flows. Higher spatial resolution Magellan data will be useful in testing these predictions.

Campbell, Bruce A.; Campbell, Donald B.

1990-08-01

427

Western Eisila Regio, Venus - Radar properties of volcanic deposits  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The 1988 Arecibo Observatory dual-polarization radar images are presented for Western Eisila Regio, Venus. The polarization information and Pioneer-Venus Orbiter reflectivity and altimetry data are analyzed for volcanic deposits on two 400-500 km radius constructs, Sif and Gula Montes. Many of the large effusive deposits studied appear to require superposed flows or multiple vents to explain the observed progression of roughness along their length. High Fresnel reflectivity material may be present along the summit region of Gula Mons and in an embayed tessera-like region to the N. Radar-dark units on the flanks of Sif Mons are inferred to be pyroclastic deposits, but radar-dark features near the summits of both edifices are more consistent with very smooth lava flows. Higher spatial resolution Magellan data will be useful in testing these predictions.

Campbell, Bruce A.; Campbell, Donald B.

1990-01-01

428

Is the Martian Water Table Hidden from Radar View?  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Mars may possess a global sub-surface groundwater table as an integral part of its current hydrological system, However, the Mars Advanced Radar for Subsurface and Ionospheric Sounding (MARSIS) onboard the 'Mars Express (MEx) spacecraft has yet to make a definitive detection of such a body of liquid water. In this work, we quantify. the conditions that would allow a detection of a deep aquifer and demonstrate that the lack of radar detection doses not uniquely role out the presence of such a body. Specifically, if the overlying crustal material has a conductivity above approximately 10(exp -5) S/m (equivalent to a loss tangent of 0.008), a radar echo frown an aquifer could be sufficiently attenuated by the intetvening medium to prevent its detection by MARSIS. As such, the lack of direct detection by MARSIS -- a "null result" does not rule out the possibility of the water table's existence.

Farrell, W. M.; Plaut, J. J.; Cummer, S. A.; Gurnett, D. A.; Picardi, G.; Watters, T. R.; Safaeinili, A.

2009-01-01

429

A Marine Radar Wind Sensor  

Microsoft Academic Search

A new method for retrieving the wind vector from radar-image sequences is presented. This method, called WiRAR, uses a marine X-band radar to analyze the backscatter of the ocean surface in space and time with respect to surface winds. Wind direction is found using wind-induced streaks, which are very well aligned with the mean surface wind direction and have a

Heiko Dankert; Jochen Horstmann

2007-01-01

430

New directions in bistatic radar  

Microsoft Academic Search

It has been remarked that interest in the subject of bistatic radar has varied cyclically, with a period of about fifteen years. The very first radars were bistatic, until T\\/R switches were invented. Interest was revived in the 1950s\\/1960s, with semi-active homing missiles and the SPASUR system, then died away. The second resurgence was in the mid-1970s to mid-1980s, with

Hugh Griffiths

2008-01-01

431

The NASA Polarimetric Radar (NPOL)  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Characteristics of the NASA NPOL S-band dual-polarimetric radar are presented including its operating characteristics, field configuration, scanning capabilities and calibration approaches. Examples of precipitation science data collections conducted using various scan types, and associated products, are presented for different convective system types and previous field campaign deployments. Finally, the NASA NPOL radar location is depicted in its home base configuration within the greater Wallops Flight Facility precipitation research array supporting NASA Global Precipitation Measurement Mission ground validation.

Petersen, Walter A.; Wolff, David B.

2013-01-01

432

Representing radar QPE and QPF uncertainties using radar ensembles  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

In the last years, new comprehension of the physics underlying the radar measurements as well as new technological advancements have allowed radar community to propose better algorithms and methodologies and significant advancements have been achieved in improving Quantitative Precipitation Estimates (QPE) and Quantitative Precipitation forecasting (QPF) by radar. Thus the study of the 2D uncertainties field associated to these estimates has become an important subject, specially to enhance the use of radar QPE and QPF in hydrological studies, as well as in providing a reference for satellite precipitations measurements. In this context the use of radar-based rainfall ensembles (i.e. equiprobable rainfall field scenarios generated to be compatible with the observations/forecasts and with the inferred structure of the uncertainties) has been seen as an extremely interesting tool to represent their associated uncertainties. The generation of such radar ensembles requires first the full characterization of the 3D field of associated uncertainties (2D spatial plus temporal), since rainfall estimates show an error structure highly correlated in space and time. A full methodology to deal with this kind of radar-based rainfall ensembles is presented. Given a rainfall event, the 2D uncertainty fields associated to the radar estimates are defined for every time step using a benchmark, or reference field, based on the best available estimate of the rainfall field. This benchmark is built using an advanced non parametric interpolation of a dense raingauge network able to use the spatial structure provided by the radar observations, and is confined to the region in which this combination could be taken as a reference measurement (Velasco-Forero et al. 2008, doi:10.1016/j.advwatres.2008.10.004). Then the spatial and temporal structures of these uncertainty fields are characterized and a methodology to generate consistent multiple realisations of them is used to generate the radar-based rainfall ensembles scenarios. This methodology, based on the improvement of the "String of Beads" model (Pegram and Clothier, 2001, doi:10.1016/S0022-1694(00)00373-5), is designed to preserve their main characteristics, such as anisotropy and the temporal variations of their spatial correlation. The discussion of the results on an illustrative case study and their potential interest in hydrological applications is also discussed.

Sempere-Torres, D.; Llort, X.; Roca, J.; Pegram, G.

2009-09-01

433

Waveform-dependent absorbing metasurfaces.  

PubMed

We present the first use of a waveform-dependent absorbing metasurface for high-power pulsed surface currents. The new type of nonlinear metasurface, composed of circuit elements including diodes, is capable of storing high-power pulse energy to dissipate it between pulses, while allowing propagation of small signals. Interestingly, the absorbing performance varies for high-power pulses but not for high-power continuous waves (CW's), since the capacitors used are fully charged up. Thus, the waveform dependence enables us to distinguish various signal types (i.e., CW or pulse) even at the same frequency, which potentially creates new kinds of microwave technologies and applications. PMID:24483674

Wakatsuchi, Hiroki; Kim, Sanghoon; Rushton, Jeremiah J; Sievenpiper, Daniel F

2013-12-13

434

Waveform-dependent absorbing metasurfaces  

E-print Network

We present the first use of a waveform-dependent absorbing metasurface for high-power pulsed surface currents. The new type of nonlinear metasurface, composed of circuit elements including diodes, is capable of storing high power pulse energy to dissipate it between pulses, while allowing propagation of small signals. Interestingly, the absorbing performance varies for high power pulses but not for high power continuous waves (CWs), since the capacitors used are fully charged up. Thus, the waveform dependence enables us to distinguish various signal types (i.e. CW or pulse) even at the same frequency, which potentially creates new kinds of microwave technologies and applications.

Wakatsuchi, Hiroki; Rushton, Jeremiah J; Sievenpiper, Daniel F

2014-01-01

435

QCSEE fan exhaust bulk absorber treatment evaluation  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The purpose of the experimental program reported herein was to evaluate the acoustic suppression capability of bulk absorber material designed for use in the fan exhaust duct walls of the QCSEE UTW (under-the-wing) engine and to compare it with other means of acoustic suppression. The paper includes comparison of the acoustic suppression to the original design for the QCSEE UTW engine fan duct which consisted of phased SDOF (single-degree-of-freedom) wall treatment and a splitter and also with the splitter removed. The method of approach consisted of mounting the UTW engine on the test stand of the Lewis Engine Noise Facility with an appropriate array of far-field microphones in order to measure the acoustic levels of the various configurations. Peak suppression was about as predicted with the bulk absorber configuration; however, the broadband characteristics were not attained. Post-test inspection revealed surface oil contamination on the bulk material which could have caused the loss in bandwidth suppression.

Bloomer, H. E.; Samanich, N. E.

1980-01-01

436

Porous carbon nanoparticle networks with tunable absorbability.  

PubMed

Porous carbon materials with high specific surface areas and superhydrophobicity have attracted much research interest due to their potential application in the areas of water filtration, water/oil separation, and oil-spill cleanup. Most reported superhydrophobic porous carbon materials are fabricated by complex processes involving the use of catalysts and high temperatures but with low throughput. Here, we present a facile single-step method for fabricating porous carbon nanoparticle (CNP) networks with selective absorbability for water and oils via the glow discharge of hydrocarbon plasma without a catalyst at room temperature. Porous CNP networks were grown by the continuous deposition of CNPs at a relatively high deposition pressure. By varying the fluorine content, the porous CNP networks exhibited tunable repellence against liquids with various degrees of surface tension. These porous CNP networks could be applied for the separation of not only water/oil mixtures but also mixtures of liquids with different surface tension levels. PMID:23982181

Dai, Wei; Kim, Seong Jin; Seong, Won-Kyeong; Kim, Sang Hoon; Lee, Kwang-Ryeol; Kim, Ho-Young; Moon, Myoung-Woon

2013-01-01

437

Porous Carbon Nanoparticle Networks with Tunable Absorbability  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Porous carbon materials with high specific surface areas and superhydrophobicity have attracted much research interest due to their potential application in the areas of water filtration, water/oil separation, and oil-spill cleanup. Most reported superhydrophobic porous carbon materials are fabricated by complex processes involving the use of catalysts and high temperatures but with low throughput. Here, we present a facile single-step method for fabricating porous carbon nanoparticle (CNP) networks with selective absorbability for water and oils via the glow discharge of hydrocarbon plasma without a catalyst at room temperature. Porous CNP networks were grown by the continuous deposition of CNPs at a relatively high deposition pressure. By varying the fluorine content, the porous CNP networks exhibited tunable repellence against liquids with various degrees of surface tension. These porous CNP networks could be applied for the separation of not only water/oil mixtures but also mixtures of liquids with different surface tension levels.

Dai, Wei; Kim, Seong Jin; Seong, Won-Kyeong; Kim, Sang Hoon; Lee, Kwang-Ryeol; Kim, Ho-Young; Moon, Myoung-Woon

2013-08-01

438

Porous Carbon Nanoparticle Networks with Tunable Absorbability  

PubMed Central

Porous carbon materials with high specific surface areas and superhydrophobicity have attracted much research interest due to their potential application in the areas of water filtration, water/oil separation, and oil-spill cleanup. Most reported superhydrophobic porous carbon materials are fabricated by complex processes involving the use of catalysts and high temperatures but with low throughput. Here, we present a facile single-step method for fabricating porous carbon nanoparticle (CNP) networks with selective absorbability for water and oils via the glow discharge of hydrocarbon plasma without a catalyst at room temperature. Porous CNP networks were grown by the continuous deposition of CNPs at a relatively high deposition pressure. By varying the fluorine content, the porous CNP networks exhibited tunable repellence against liquids with various degrees of surface tension. These porous CNP networks could be applied for the separation of not only water/oil mixtures but also mixtures of liquids with different surface tension levels. PMID:23982181

Dai, Wei; Kim, Seong Jin; Seong, Won-Kyeong; Kim, Sang Hoon; Lee, Kwang-Ryeol; Kim, Ho-Young; Moon, Myoung-Woon

2013-01-01

439

Performance evaluation of the Enraf-Nonius Model 872 radar gage  

SciTech Connect

There are indications that the Enraf-Nonius Radar Gage installed in Tank 241-SY-101 may not be providing an accurate reading of the true surface level in the waste tank. The Pacific Northwest Laboratory (PNL) performed an initial study to determine the effect of the following items on the distance read by the gage: Tank riser; Material permittivity and conductivity Foam; Proportion of supernatant to solid material in the field of view of the instrument; Physical geometry of the supernatant and solid material changing in the field of view with respect to time; and Varying water content in the solid material. The results of the tests indicate that distance measured by the radar gage is affected by the permittivity, conductivity, and angle of the target surface. These parameters affect the complex input impedance of the signal received by the radar gage to measure the distance to the target. In Tank 101-SY, the radar gage is placed on top of a 12 in. diameter riser. The riser affects the field of view of the instrument, and a much smaller target surface is detected when the radar beam propagates through a riser. In addition, the riser acts as a waveguide, and standing waves are enhanced between the target surface and the radar gage. The result is a change in the level measured by the radar gage due to changing properties of the target surface even when the distance to the target does not change. The test results indicate that the radar will not detect dry crust or foam. However, if the crust or foam is stirred so that it becomes wet, then the crust or foam became detectable. The level read using the radar gage decreased as the moisture in the crust or foam evaporated.

Peters, T.J.; Park, W.R.

1992-12-01

440

Waste Package Neutron Absorber, Thermal Shunt, and Fill Gas Selection Report  

SciTech Connect

Materials for neutron absorber, thermal shunt, and fill gas for use in the waste package were selected using a qualitative approach. For each component, selection criteria were identified; candidate materials were selected; and candidates were evaluated against these criteria. The neutron absorber materials evaluated were essentially boron-containing stainless steels. Two candidates were evaluated for the thermal shunt material. The fill gas candidates were common gases such as helium, argon, nitrogen, carbon dioxide, and dry air. Based on the performance of each candidate against the criteria, the following selections were made: Neutron absorber--Neutronit A978; Thermal shunt--Aluminum 6061 or 6063; and Fill gas--Helium.

V. Pasupathi

2000-01-28

441

Terahertz metamaterials perfect absorbers for sensing and imaging  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Devices operating at THz frequencies have been continuously expanded in many areas of application and major research field, which requires materials with suitable electromagnetic responses at THz frequency ranges. Unlike most naturally occurring materials, novel THz metamaterials have proven to be well suited for use in various devices due to narrow and tunable operating ranges. In this work, we present the results of two THz metamaterial absorber structures aiming two important device aspects; polarization sensitivity and broad band absorption. The absorbers were simulated by finite element method and fabricated through the combination of standard lift-off photolithography and electron beam metal deposition. The fabricated devices were characterized by reflection mode THz time domain spectroscopy. The narrow band absorber structures exhibit up to 95% absorption with a bandwidth of 0.1 THz to 0.15 THz.

Wilbert, David S.; Hokmabadi, Mohammad P.; Martinez, Joshua; Kung, Patrick; Kim, Seongsin M.

2013-02-01

442

Australian Weather Watch Radar Home Page  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

The Commonwealth Bureau of Meteorology's Weather Watch Radar website provides up-to-date radar images of the locations of rain in Australia in relation to local features such as coast lines. The newly developed Loops provide four consecutive radar images so that users can view how the weather has been changing in the last forty to fifty minutes. The website provides radar images of past cyclone events as well as updates on severe weather throughout Australia. Those interested in radar systems can discover how the weather radars work and how to interpret the maps. [RME

443

Evaluation of Shock Absorber Models  

Microsoft Academic Search

A non exhaustive overview of shock absorber models is presented. The ability of the models to match experimental data is emphasized. Two physical models are presented that are able to extract the internal valve parameters from data without hysteresis. In order to implement a model that copes with hysteresis, most models require the numerical solution to a set of nonlinear

STEFAAN DUYM; RANDY STIENS; KOENRAAD REYBROUCK

1997-01-01

444

Oil and fat absorbing polymers  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

A method is described for forming a solid network polymer having a minimal amount of crosslinking for use in absorbing fats and oils. The polymer remains solid at a swelling ratio in oil or fat of at least ten and provides an oil absorption greater than 900 weight percent.

Marsh, H. E., Jr. (inventor)

1977-01-01

445

Selective absorbing surfaces in practice  

Microsoft Academic Search

Selective absorbing surface treatments have become commercially viable processes for the cost-effective conversion of solar energy to thermal energy. Properties of coatings and methods of measuring the parameters are described. In this paper selective surface production technology, including electrodeposition, chemical conversion and physical vapor deposition, is reviewed. Specific examples of the development of the principal surfaces, nickel black, black chrome,

J. J. Mason

1983-01-01

446

Absorber stack optimization toward EUV lithography mask blank pilot production  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

EUV Lithography requires high end quality defect free layers from the backside coating to the absorber stack. Low thermal expansion materials (LTEM) substrates with super flat surfaces are already available with low defect backside coating for E-Chuck technology. The multilayer stack is well developed from a physical point of view and major effort relies nowadays on the layer defectivity. On the other hand, absorber stack becomes one of the main challenges in terms of stress, optical behavior for ultraviolet wavelengths and dry etching behavior. Schott Lithotec is currently developing absorber stack solutions that will fulfill the requirements of next generation lithographies. There are several options for achieving the mechanical, optical and chemical specs for buffer layers and absorber coatings. Some of them are already integrated in our production processes. Buffer layers were evaluated and reach almost the physical and chemical level necessary to fit with the mask processing. TaN based absorber coatings were designed and deposited by an ion beam sputter tool optimized for low defect deposition (LDD-IBS). The chemical composition of our layer and its manufacturing process is already optimized to achieve high quality etching behavior. The current results of defect density for the absorber stack will be presented.

Sobel, Frank; Aschke, Lutz; Renno, Markus; Seitz, Holger; Becker, Hans W.; Olschewski, Nathalie; Reichardt, Torsten; Hess, Guenter; Buttgereit, Ute; Knapp, Konrad; Letzkus, Florian; Butschke, Joerg; Koepernik, Corinna

2004-12-01

447

Space Radar Image of Long Island Optical/Radar  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

This pair of images of the Long Island, New York region is a comparison of an optical photograph (top) and a radar image (bottom), both taken in darkness in April 1994. The photograph at the top was taken by the Endeavour astronauts at about 3 a.m. Eastern time on April 20, 1994. The image at the bottom was acquired at about the same time four days earlier on April 16,1994 by the Spaceborne Imaging Radar-C/X-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar (SIR-C/X-SAR) system aboard the space shuttle Endeavour. Both images show an area approximately 100 kilometers by 40 kilometers (62 miles by 25 miles) that is centered at 40.7 degrees North latitude and 73.5 degrees West longitude. North is toward the upper right. The optical image is dominated by city lights, which are particularly bright in the densely developed urban areas of New York City located on the left half of the photo. The brightest white zones appear on the island of Manhattan in the left center, and Central Park can be seen as a darker area in the middle of Manhattan. To the northeast (right) of the city, suburban Long Island appears as a less densely illuminated area, with the brightest zones occurring along major transportation and development corridors. Since radar is an active sensing system that provides its own illumination, the radar image shows a great amount of surface detail, despite the night-time acquisition. The colors in the radar image were obtained using the following radar channels: red represents the L-band (horizontally transmitted and received); green represents the L-band (horizontally transmitted and vertically received); blue represents the C-band (horizontally transmitted and vertically received). In this image, the water surface - the Atlantic Ocean along the bottom edge and Long Island Sound shown at the top edge - appears red because small waves at the surface strongly reflect the horizontally transmitted and received L-band radar signal. Networks of highways and railroad lines are clearly visible in the radar image; many of them can also be seen as bright lines i the optical image. The runways of John F. Kennedy International Airport appear as a dark rectangle in Jamaica Bay on the left side of the image. Developed areas appear generally as bright green and orange, while agricultural, protected and undeveloped areas appear darker blue or purple. This contrast can be seen on the barrier islands along the south coast of Long Island, which are heavily developed in the Rockaway and Long Beach areas south and east of Jamaica Bay, but further to the east, the islands are protected and undeveloped.

1994-01-01

448

All-digital radar architecture  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

All digital radar architecture requires exclude mechanical scan system. The phase antenna array is necessarily large because the array elements must be co-located with very precise dimensions and will need high accuracy phase processing system for aggregate and distribute T/R modules data to/from antenna elements. Even phase array cannot provide wide field of view. New nature inspired all digital radar architecture proposed. The fly's eye consists of multiple angularly spaced sensors giving the fly simultaneously thee wide-area visual coverage it needs to detect and avoid the threats around him. Fly eye radar antenna array consist multiple directional antennas loose distributed along perimeter of ground vehicle or aircraft and coupled with receiving/transmitting front end modules connected by digital interface to central processor. Non-steering antenna array allows creating all-digital radar with extreme flexible architecture. Fly eye radar architecture provides wide possibility of digital modulation and different waveform generation. Simultaneous correlation and integration of thousands signals per second from each point of surveillance area allows not only detecting of low level signals ((low profile targets), but help to recognize and classify signals (targets) by using diversity signals, polarization modulation and intelligent processing. Proposed all digital radar architecture with distributed directional antenna array can provide a 3D space vector to the jammer by verification direction of arrival for signals sources and as result jam/spoof protection not only for radar systems, but for communication systems and any navigation constellation system, for both encrypted or unencrypted signals, for not limited number or close positioned jammers.

Molchanov, Pavlo A.

2014-10-01

449

A novel composite sound absorber with recycled rubber particles  

Microsoft Academic Search

A new kind of composite sound absorber has been fabricated, using recycled rubber particles with good attenuation property as sound energy attenuation layer, low characteristic impedance materials such as polymer porous foam or perforated panel as matching layer. Its’ attractive characteristics include: low-cost, broad-band sound absorption, thin in thickness and relatively simple processing. An acoustic transmission analytical model is developed

Zhou Hong; Li Bo; Huang Guangsu; He Jia

2007-01-01

450

Polymers used to absorb fats and oils: A concept  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

One approach to problem of excessive oils and fats is to develop method by which oil is absorbed into solid mixture for elimination as solid waste. Materials proposed for these purposes are cross-linked (network) polymers that have high affinity for aliphatic substances, i. e., petroleum, animal, and vegetable oils.

Marsh, H. E., Jr.

1974-01-01

451

Design, simulation, and characterization of THz metamaterial absorber  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

In recent years a great amount of research has been focused on metamaterials, initially for fabrication of left-handed materials for use in devices such as superlenses or electromagnetic cloaking. Such devices have been developed and demonstrated in regimes from the radio frequency all the way to infrared and near optical frequencies. More recently, it has been shown that, by careful adjustment of the effective permittivity and permeability, near perfect electromagnetic absorbers can be realized. High absorption occurs when transmission and reflection are simultaneously minimized. With some clever tuning of the electric and magnetic responses, the electric and magnetic energy can therefore both be absorbed by the same metamaterial structure. In this work we present the design, simulation and characterization of a novel thin, flexible, polarization insensitive metamaterial absorber. Finite-element simulation results show that this device achieves almost perfect absorption at THz frequencies. Each unit cell of the absorber is made up of two metallic structures separated by a dielectric filler material. The electric response can be tuned by adjusting the geometry of the top metallic electric ring resonator structure. We demonstrate that a rotation about the axis of THz wave propagation at normal incidence does not change the absorption or the resonance frequency by a significant amount. A value of absorption of 99.6 % at a resonance frequency of 0.84 THz can be achieved. We also demonstrate the characteristics of this absorber structure under various THz wave incidence angles, with respect to both the incident electric and magnetic fields.

Butler, Lee; Wilbert, David S.; Baughman, William; Balci, Soner; Kung, Patrick; Kim, Seongsin M.; Heimbeck, Martin S.; Everitt, Henry O.

2012-05-01

452

Materials  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

NASA Langley Research Center has successfully developed an electron beam freeform fabrication (EBF3) process, a rapid metal deposition process that works efficiently with a variety of weldable alloys. The EBF3 process can be used to build a complex, unitized part in a layer-additive fashion, although the more immediate payoff is for use as a manufacturing process for adding details to components fabricated from simplified castings and forgings or plate products. The EBF3 process produces structural metallic parts with strengths comparable to that of wrought product forms and has been demonstrated on aluminum, titanium, and nickel-based alloys to date. The EBF3 process introduces metal wire feedstock into a molten pool that is created and sustained using a focused electron beam in a vacuum environment. Operation in a vacuum ensures a clean process environment and eliminates the need for a consumable shield gas. Advanced metal manufacturing methods such as EBF3 are being explored for fabrication and repair of aerospace structures, offering potential for improvements in cost, weight, and performance to enhance mission success for aircraft, launch vehicles, and spacecraft. Near-term applications of the EBF3 process are most likely to be implemented for cost reduction and lead time reduction through addition of details onto simplified preforms (casting or forging). This is particularly attractive for components with protruding details that would require a significantly large volume of material to be machined away from an oversized forging, offering significant reductions to the buy-to-fly ratio. Future far-term applications promise improved structural efficiency through reduced weight and improved performance by exploiting the layer-additive nature of the EBF3 process to fabricate tailored unitized structures with functionally graded microstructures and compositions.

Glaessgen, Edward H.; Schoeppner, Gregory A.

2006-01-01

453

Mineral equilibria and the high radar reflectivity of Venus mountaintops  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The relationship between altitude and microwave emissivity in 10 highland regions of Venus is investigated on the basis of the Magellan data set. Highlands on Venus are found to display high radar reflectivity. The required change in surface electrical properties occurs abruptly at a 'critical altitude,' whose value varies from one highland area to another. Critical altitudes range from 4.75 km to 2.49 km. Differences in reflectivity are caused by differences in the surface mineral assemblage, which determines the dielectric constant of surface material. The mineral responsible for high radar reflectivity on mountaintops is pyrite, which occurs in weathered mineral assemblages at high altitudes. Conductive pyrite occurs dispersed in insulating materials, forming a loaded dielectric material.

Klose, K. B.; Wood, J. A.; Hashimoto, A.

1992-01-01

454

Development of New Absorber Materials to Achieve Organic Photovoltaic Commercial Modules with 15% Efficiency and 20 Years Lifetime: Cooperative Research and Development Final Report, CRADA Number CRD-12-498  

SciTech Connect

Under this CRADA the parties will develop intermediates or materials that can be employed as the active layer in dye sensitized solar cells printed polymer systems, or small molecule organic photovoltaics.

Olson, D.

2014-08-01

455

SUBMITTED TO IEE PROCEEDINGS RADAR, SONAR & NAVIGATION 1 Region-Enhanced Passive Radar Imaging  

E-print Network

SUBMITTED TO IEE PROCEEDINGS RADAR, SONAR & NAVIGATION 1 Region-Enhanced Passive Radar Imaging M;SUBMITTED TO IEE PROCEEDINGS RADAR, SONAR & NAVIGATION 2 Abstract We adapt and apply a recently-developed region-enhanced synthetic aperture radar (SAR) image reconstruction technique to the problem of passive

Willsky, Alan S.

456

Space Plasma Exploration by Active Radar (SPEAR): an overview of a future radar facility  

E-print Network

Space Plasma Exploration by Active Radar (SPEAR): an overview of a future radar facility D. M is a new polar cap HF radar facility which is to be deployed on Svalbard. The principal capabilities of SPEAR will include the generation of arti®cial plasma irregularities, operation as an `all-sky' HF radar

Paris-Sud XI, Université de

457

VALIDATION OF A RADAR DOPPLER SPECTRA SIMULATOR USING MEASUREMENTS FROM THE ARM CLOUD RADARS  

E-print Network

VALIDATION OF A RADAR DOPPLER SPECTRA SIMULATOR USING MEASUREMENTS FROM THE ARM CLOUD RADARS to compare models with observations contains advantages and challenges. Radar Doppler spectra simulators model output with the Doppler spectra recorded from the vertically pointing cloud radars at the ARM

458

Extended Target Recognition in Cognitive Radar Networks  

PubMed Central

We address the problem of adaptive waveform design for extended target recognition in cognitive radar networks. A closed-loop active target recognition radar system is extended to the case of a centralized cognitive radar network, in which a generalized likelihood ratio (GLR) based sequential hypothesis testing (SHT) framework is employed. Using Doppler velocities measured by multiple radars, the target aspect angle for each radar is calculated. The joint probability of each target hypothesis is then updated using observations from different radar line of sights (LOS). Based on these probabilities, a minimum correlation algorithm is proposed to adaptively design the transmit waveform for each radar in an amplitude fluctuation situation. Simulation results demonstrate performance improvements due to the cognitive radar network and adaptive waveform design. Our minimum correlation algorithm outperforms the eigen-waveform solution and other non-cognitive waveform design approaches. PMID:22163464

Wei, Yimin; Meng, Huadong; Liu, Yimin; Wang, Xiqin

2010-01-01

459

Technology: Photonics illuminates the future of radar  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The first implementation of a fully photonics-based coherent radar system shows how photonic methods for radio-frequency signal generation and measurement may facilitate the development of software-defined radar systems. See Letter p.341

McKinney, Jason D.

2014-03-01

460

Meteor detection on ST (MST) radars  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The ability to detect radar echoes from backscatter due to turbulent irregularities of the radio refractive index in the clear atmosphere has lead to an increasing number of established mesosphere - stratosphere - troposphere (MST or ST) radars. Humidity and temperature variations are responsible for the echo in the troposphere and stratosphere and turbulence acting on electron density gradients provides the echo in the mesosphere. The MST radar and its smaller version, the ST radar, are pulsed Doppler radars operating in the VHF - UHF frequency range. These echoes can be used to determine upper atmosphere winds at little extra cost to the ST radar configuration. In addition, the meteor echoes can supplement mesospheric data from an MST radar. The detection techniques required on the ST radar for delineating meteor echo returns are described.

Avery, S. K.

1987-01-01

461

Levee Monitoring with Radar Remote Sensing  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Topics in this presentation are: 1. Overview of radar remote sensing 2. Surface change detection with Differential Interferometric Radar Processing 3. Study of the Sacramento - San Joaquin levees 4. Mississippi River Levees during the Spring 2011 floods.

Jones, Cathleen E.

2012-01-01

462

MIMO Radar Waveform Constraints for GMTI  

E-print Network

Ground moving-target indication (GMTI) provides both an opportunity and challenge for coherent multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) radar. MIMO techniques can improve a radar's angle estimation and the minimum detectable ...

Forsythe, Keith W.

463

Signal processing for airborne bistatic radar   

E-print Network

The major problem encountered by an airborne bistatic radar is the suppression of bistatic clutter. Unlike clutter echoes for a sidelooking airborne monostatic radar, bistatic clutter echoes are range dependent. Using ...

Ong, Kian P

464

German Radar Observation Shuttle Experiment (ROSE)  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The success of radar sensors in several different application areas of interest depends on the knowledge of the backscatter of radar waves from the targets of interest, the variance of these interaction mechanisms with respect to changing measurement parameters, and the determination of the influence of he measuring systems on the results. The incidence-angle dependency of the radar cross section of different natural targets is derived. Problems involved by the combination of data gained with different sensors, e.g., MSS-, TM-, SPOTand SAR-images are analyzed. Radar cross-section values gained with ground-based radar spectrometers and spaceborne radar imaging, and non-imaging scatterometers and spaceborne radar images from the same areal target are correlated. The penetration of L-band radar waves into vegetated and nonvegetated surfaces is analyzed.

Sleber, A. J.; Hartl, P.; Haydn, R.; Hildebrandt, G.; Konecny, G.; Muehlfeld, R.

1984-01-01

465

Obstacle penetrating dynamic radar imaging system  

DOEpatents

An obstacle penetrating dynamic radar imaging system for the detection, tracking, and imaging of an individual, animal, or object comprising a multiplicity of low power ultra wideband radar units that produce a set of return radar signals from the individual, animal, or object, and a processing system for said set of return radar signals for detection, tracking, and imaging of the individual, animal, or object. The system provides a radar video system for detecting and tracking an individual, animal, or object by producing a set of return radar signals from the individual, animal, or object with a multiplicity of low power ultra wideband radar units, and processing said set of return radar signals for detecting and tracking of the individual, animal, or object.

Romero, Carlos E. (Livermore, CA); Zumstein, James E. (Livermore, CA); Chang, John T. (Danville, CA); Leach, Jr.. Richard R. (Castro Valley, CA)

2006-12-12

466

Nanostructured materials for hydrogen storage  

DOEpatents

A system for hydrogen storage comprising a porous nano-structured material with hydrogen absorbed on the surfaces of the porous nano-structured material. The system of hydrogen storage comprises absorbing hydrogen on the surfaces of a porous nano-structured semiconductor material.

Williamson, Andrew J. (Pleasanton, CA); Reboredo, Fernando A. (Pleasanton, CA)

2007-12-04

467

Radar Mosaic of Africa  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

This is an image of equatorial Africa, centered on the equator at longitude 15degrees east. This image is a mosaic of almost 4,000 separate images obtained in 1996 by the L-band imaging radar onboard the Japanese Earth Resources Satellite. Using radar to penetrate the persistent clouds prevalent in tropical forests, the Japanese Earth Resources Satellite was able for the first time to image at high resolution this continental scale region during single flooding seasons. The area shown covers about 7.4 million square kilometers (2.8 million square miles) of land surface, spans more than 5,000 kilometers(3,100 miles) east and west and some 2,000 kilometers (1,240 miles) north and south. North is up in this image. At the full resolution of the mosaic (100 meters or 330 feet), this image is more than 500 megabytes in size, and was processed from imagery totaling more than 60 gigabytes.

Central Africa was imaged twice in 1996, once between January and March, which is the major low-flood season in the Congo Basin, and once between October and November, which is the major high-flood season in the Congo Basin. The red color corresponds to the data from the low-flood season, the green to the high-flood season, and the blue to the 'texture' of the low-flood data. The forests appear green as a result, the flooded and palm forests, as well as urban areas, appear yellow, the ocean and lakes appear black, and savanna areas appear blue, black or green, depending on the savanna type, surface topography and other factors. The areas of the image that are black and white were mapped only between January and March 1996. In these areas, the black areas are savanna or open water, the gray are forests, and the white areas are flooded forests or urban areas. The Congo River dominates the middle of the image, where the nearby forests that are periodically flooded by the Congo and its tributaries stand out as yellow. The Nile River flows north from Lake Victoria in the middle right of the color portion of the mosaic.

This image is one of the products resulting from the Global Rain Forest Mapping project, a joint project between the National Space Development Agency of Japan, the Space Applications Institute of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and an international team of scientists. The goal of the Global Rain Forest Mapping mission is to map with the Japanese Earth Resources Satellite the world's tropical rain forests. The Japanese satellite was launched in 1992 by the National Space Development Agency of Japan and the Japanese Ministry of International Trade and Industry, with support from the Remote Sensing Technology Center of Japan.

1999-01-01

468

The First Year of Cassini RADAR Observations of Titan  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Titan`s atmosphere is essentially transparent to Radar, making it an ideal technique to study Titan`s surface. Cassini`s Titan Radar Mapper operates as a passive radiometer, scatterometer, altimeter, and synthetic aperture radar (SAR). Here we review data from four fly-bys in the first year of Cassini`s tour (Ta: October 2004, T3: February 2005, T7: September 2005, and T8: October 2005.) Early SAR images from Ta and T3 (showing < 3% of Titan`s surface) reveal that Titan is geologically young and complex (see Elachi et al., 2005, Science 13, 970-4). Significant variations were seen between the range of features seen in the Ta swath (centered at ~50N, 80W) and T3 (~ 30N, 70W) : the large-scale radiometric properties also differed, with T3 being radar-brighter. A variety of features have been identified in SAR, including two large impact craters, cryovolcanic flows and a probable volcanic dome. Dendritic and braided radar-bright sinuous channels, some 180km long, are evidence of fluvial activity. `Cat scratches`, arrays of linear dark features seem most likely to be Aeolian. Radar provides unique topographic information on Titan`s landscape e.g. the depth of the 80km crater observed in T3 can be geometrically determined to be around 1300m deep. Despite the shallow large-scale slopes indicated in altimetry to date, many small hills are seen in T3. Scatterometry and radiometry maps provide large-scale classification of surface types and polarization and incidence angle coverage being assembled will constrain dielectric and scattering properties of the surface. Judging from the TA/T3 diversity, we expect further variations in the types and distribution of surface materials and geologic features in T7, which spans a wide range of Southern latitudes. T8 SAR will cover a near-equatorial dark region, including the landing site of the Huygens probe.

Elachi, C.; Lorenz, R. D.

2005-12-01

469

Bistatic synthetic aperture radar  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Synthetic aperture radar (SAR) allows all-weather, day and night, surface surveillance and has the ability to detect, classify and geolocate objects at long stand-off ranges. Bistatic SAR, where the transmitter and the receiver are on separate platforms, is seen as a potential means of countering the vulnerability of conventional monostatic SAR to electronic countermeasures, particularly directional jamming, and avoiding physical attack of the imaging platform. As the receiving platform can be totally passive, it does not advertise its position by RF emissions. The transmitter is not susceptible to jamming and can, for example, operate at long stand-off ranges to reduce its vulnerability to physical attack. This thesis examines some of the complications involved in producing high-resolution bistatic SAR imagery. The effect of bistatic operation on resolution is examined from a theoretical viewpoint and analytical expressions for resolution are developed. These expressions are verified by simulation work using a simple 'point by point' processor. This work is extended to look at using modern practical processing engines for bistatic geometries. Adaptations of the polar format algorithm and range migration algorithm are considered. The principal achievement of this work is a fully airborne demonstration of bistatic SAR. The route taken in reaching this is given, along with some results. The bistatic SAR imagery is analysed and compared to the monostatic imagery collected at the same time. Demonstrating high-resolution bistatic SAR imagery using two airborne platforms represents what I believe to be a European first and is likely to be the first time that this has been achieved outside the US (the UK has very little insight into US work on this topic). Bistatic target characteristics are examined through the use of simulations. This also compares bistatic imagery with monostatic and gives further insight into the utility of bistatic SAR.

Yates, Gillian

470

Shuttle orbiter radar cross-sectional analysis  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Theoretical and model simulation studies on signal to noise levels and shuttle radar cross section are described. Pre-mission system calibrations, system configuration, and postmission system calibration of the tracking radars are described. Conversion of target range, azimuth, and elevation into radar centered east north vertical position coordinates are evaluated. The location of the impinging rf energy with respect to the target vehicles body axis triad is calculated. Cross section correlation between the two radars is presented.

Cooper, D. W.; James, R.

1979-01-01

471

Radar Images of the Earth: Volcanoes  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This site features links to thirty-five NASA radar images of the world's volcanoes, including brief descriptions of the respective processes and settings involved. The images were created with the Spaceborne Imaging Radar-C and X-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar (SIR-C/X-SAR) as part of NASA's Mission to Planet Earth. The radar illuminates Earth with microwaves allowing detailed observations at any time, regardless of weather or sunlight conditions.

472

Spaceborne radar remote sensing: Applications and techniques  

Microsoft Academic Search

The operation and applications of spaceborne radars for terrestrial and planetary remote sensing are described in an introduction for advanced students and practicing scientists. Chapters are devoted to imaging radars, wave-surface interactions and geoscientific applications, real- and synthetic-aperture radars, end-to-end system design, SAR data processing, altimeters, and scatterometers. Extensive diagrams, drawings, graphs, photographs, and sample radar images are provided.

Charles Elachi

1988-01-01

473

Space Radar Images of the Earth: Archaeology  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This site features links to twelve NASA radar images of the world's famous archaeology sites, including brief descriptions of the respective processes and settings involved. The images were created with the Spaceborne Imaging Radar-C and X-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar (SIR-C/X-SAR) as part of NASA's Mission to Planet Earth. The radar illuminates Earth with microwaves allowing detailed observations at any time, regardless of weather or sunlight conditions.

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