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Efficient Room Temperature, Ambient Pressure Liquid Ammonia Storage System

Executive Summary Liquid ammonia is current stored and transported in very large quantities in refrigerated units, railcars, tanker trucks and pressurized containers. While the majority of existing uses are as a nitrogen fertilizer for agricultural uses, increasing attention has been turned to ammonia as a green, carbon free energy storage medium for...
Published: 5/17/2023   |   Inventor(s): Mi Chenija, Reza Ghazfar, Milton Smith, Iii, Thomas Hamann
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Chemicals, Agriculture, Energy, Environment, Transportation

Translucent Thermoplastic Polyolefin (TPO)

Executive Summary Thermoplastic polyolefins (TPO) are used in a variety of applications such as automotive bumpers and fascia where good impact and chemical resistance are needed.. MSU researchers have recently developed a new technology for producing translucent TPO materials. The materials are compounded by conventional extrusion and then molded...
Published: 2/17/2023   |   Inventor(s): Krishnamurthy Jayaraman, Xing Lu
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Advanced Materials, Transportation

Treatment Process for Reduced Corrosion in CFRP/Metal Hybrids

­ Executive Summary Carbon fiber reinforced polymer composites (CFRPs) are often mechanically fastened to metals such as aluminum alloys in lightweight aircraft applications. Since both materials are electrically conductive, galvanic corrosion of the less noble metal can occur, leading to degradation over time. MSU researchers have developed...
Published: 11/30/2023   |   Inventor(s): Greg Swain, Isuri Dammulla
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Advanced Materials, Defense, Transportation

Novel, Multi-Impact, Energy Diverting, Energy Absorbing, Repairable Helmets

Executive SummaryThis technology addresses brain injuries while wearing a helmet. A novel technique adds an outer layer to helmet shells to absorb multiple impacts and divert energy away for the skull to reduce concussions. The innovation can also reduce projectile penetration in a way that is repairable and re-healable for low or multiple low-velocity...
Published: 6/9/2023   |   Inventor(s): Mahmoodul Haq, Lawrence Drzal
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Advanced Materials, Defense, Transportation

Radar Sensor for Autonomous Vehicle Velocity Measurement

Executive SummaryModern vehicles rely on an extensive platform of sensors to ensure quality performance. For autonomous navigation, continuous knowledge of vehicle velocity is crucial, especially in challenging weather conditions. A recent development by MSU engineers helps address deficiencies of current velocity sensors through use of an innovative...
Published: 6/8/2021   |   Inventor(s): Jeffrey Nanzer
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Devices, Transportation, Computer Software

Couple-Compression Technology

Executive SummaryWith increasing emphasis on energy efficiency and alternative sources of energy, researchers continually search for methods of energy generation and storage that increase efficiency and reduce costs. One such method of recovering otherwise wasted energy is the implementation of thermoelectric devices. Thermoelectric devices operate...
Published: 2/17/2023   |   Inventor(s): Edward Timm, Harold Schock, Guoming Zhu, Trevor Ruckle, Kevin Moran
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Energy, Transportation, Advanced Materials

Software for Real-Time Control of a Single or Multi-Axis Vibration Table

Executive SummaryThis software developed by MSU researchers allows for a superior vibration table simulation of packages that are shipped via truck trailers. Using conventional data capturing devices and vibration tables, this technology has the ability to drastically reduce time capturing road and trailer data. In particular, road events where package...
Published: 6/8/2021   |   Inventor(s): Gary Burgess
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Computer Software, Packaging, Transportation

Passive Mechanical Frequency Divider

Executive SummaryPassive frequency conversion is an essential component for sensor networks and is ideal for critical applications requiring low power and good phase noise characteristics, such as in frequency synthesizers. Researchers at Michigan State University and the University of California, Santa Barbara have created a unique solution to address...
Published: 11/20/2023   |   Inventor(s): Steven Shaw, Brian Strachan, Kimberly Turner, Kamala Qalandar
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Mechanical, Transportation

Knocking Sensor and Prevention for Internal Combustion Engine

Executive SummaryEffects of knocking in spark-ignition internal combustion engines range from inconsequential such as an annoying noise to completely destructive such as blasting holes through cylinder heads or pistons. With the rise in turbo charged engines, high efficiency engines, and high performance engines in everything from lawnmowers to automobiles,...
Published: 1/11/2024   |   Inventor(s): Guoming Zhu, Kevin Moran
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Energy, Mechanical, Transportation

Asphalt Foam Collapse Test (AFCT)

Introduction Asphalt producers and users in the U.S. have historically used Hot Mix Asphalt Concrete (HMAC), which is required to be mixed, distributed and spread at approximately 300 degrees F. With an added emphasis on environmental and energy concerns, Warm Mix Asphalt (WMA) has become an option in recent years. Since its first trial use in 2004,...
Published: 2/17/2023   |   Inventor(s): Muhammed Kutay, Hande Ozturk
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Materials, Transportation