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Contact: John G. Watson
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 2, 1997
NASA SENDS HIGH TECH INVENTIONS TO ANAHEIM CONFERENCE
NASA will showcase some of its most promising technologies
which could lead to revolutionary products at the 42nd
International Society for the Advancement of Material and Process
Engineering Symposium/Exhibition May 5-8 at the Anaheim
"NASA is driving cutting-edge technologies, and we're
redoubling our efforts to get those technologies into industry's
hands," said Michael Weingarten, NASA's manager for business
development at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC. "Our goal is
to bring space technology down to Earth so U.S. companies can
access new developments and improve U.S. competitive strength."
NASA invests more than $5 billion in technology development
annually. "It makes sense to bring that cutting-edge technology
back to U.S. taxpayers when such a huge investment is being
made," Weingarten said. "Companies can work with NASA or with
licensed NASA technicians in efforts that will lead to new
company products. We can explore the best way to partner
depending on each client's needs,"
Attendees will be able to enter a contest for a tour of
Space Shuttle facilities at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, FL,
during the symposium.
A system to treat wastes from metal plating, semi-conductor
production, photographic laboratories, food processing and
aircraft de-icing operations is one technology to be presented at
the symposium by NASA's Ames Research Center in Mountain View,
CA. The system also can be used for sea water and brackish water
Additional technologies developed at three other NASA
Centers also are slated for presentation at the symposium.
From NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA:
- Manufacture of carbon/carbon composite materials. Some
potential uses include aircraft and automobile brakes and
heat dissipation for electronics.
- Energy-efficient microwave processing of materials.
Possible uses of the process are ceramic/ceramic and
ceramic/metal joining and semiconductor wafer annealing.
- Ultrasound non-destructive evaluation for composite
materials. This system can be used to measure material
thickness, stiffness, quality, integrity, porosity and
From NASA's Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA:
- Next generation molded magnets. These magnets, made with
metallic particles and a polymer developed at Langley,
could be used in transformers, motors and other
- Yarn density sensor. This optical sensor is used to
determine the mass and density of textile yarn during
- Non-toxic polyimide. Potential uses are to make composite
materials for aircraft, automobile engine parts, circuit
boards, adhesives, foams, resin-molded hardware and thin
From NASA's Lewis Research Center, Cleveland, OH:
- Design and analysis of composite materials and
structures. This technology could be used for aerospace
and automotive components, biomedical devices, civil
structures, construction materials, heat exchangers,
pressure vessels and piping, sporting goods, offshore
drilling structures, transportation components,
electronics and utility structures.
- Ceramics Analysis and Reliability Evaluation of
Structures integrated design software. Potential uses
are aerospace, automotive, propulsion and power,
bioengineering and glass applications.
- Affordable silicon, carbide-based ceramics and fiber-
reinforced composites. Uses under consideration are for
hot sections of jet engines, nose cones, radiant heater
tubes, heat exchangers, ceramic burner inserts and other
- Advanced metallics. Commercial uses anticipated include:
Copper-chromium-niobium alloys electrodes, welding,
brazing, electrical, plastics and metal castings; and
nickel aluminide die cast and glass-making molds, and
many other uses.
- High-temperature polymer matrix composites. Potential
uses include ductwork for jet engines and automotive
engines and exhaust system parts, among other
- Advanced diamond coatings. One possible use is for
barriers for gears and bearings.
Previous technology spin-off success stories include how
composite materials developed for the U.S. Space Shuttle are
being used to improve golf clubs, how aircraft wing and body
research led to use of liquid crystals in watches and
thermometers, and how material developed for space suits now
covers stadiums and airport terminals.