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Non destructive magnetostrictive testing with unidirectional guided waves generated by ferromagnetic strip sensor

A ferromagnetic strip sensor for use in magnetostrictive testing of various structures. In its simplest form, the sensor has a ferromagnetic strip with an electrical coil winding. ... Southwest Research Institute

Two-directional radial load and misalignment testing device

A testing rig and method of testing a bearing with the rig, wherein the rig includes a bearing housing, wherein said bearing housing includes an opening and a drive shaft extending into said opening, wherein the drive shaft is rotatable around a bearing axis. The testing rig also includes a vertical actuator mounted on the bearing housing for applying a vertical load to the bearing housing and a horizontal actuator mounted on the bearing housing for applying a horizontal load to the bearing housing. ... Southwest Research Institute

Neutron imager with spaced diamond detector arrays

A neutron detector system, with a detector having a pair of spaced diamond detector layers, sandwiched between outer silicon layers. In response to incident neutrons, the detector system measures pulse heights and response times, and from those measurements, calculates the carbon recoil energy and time of flight of scattered neutrons. ... Southwest Research Institute

Autonomous team formation and task negotiation among unmanned vehicles

A system of autonomous vehicles for forming a team of autonomous vehicles to perform a designated set of tasks. Each vehicle stores data representing its own capabilities that match the tasks, data representing needed capabilities for the team to perform the tasks, and data representing the capabilities of all current team members. ... Southwest Research Institute

Internal combustion engine having exhaust gas recirculation loop with catalyzed heat exchanger for steam reformation

A method of providing recirculated exhaust to an internal combustion engine. The engine has an egr (exhaust gas recirculation loop) which may be a high pressure loop, a low pressure loop, or a dedicated cylinder loop. ... Southwest Research Institute

Inlet filter for gas turbine engines using disposable surface adhesive

A method of filtering air entering the intake opening of a gas turbine engine. A straightening tube provides a straight channel for incoming air flow. ... Southwest Research Institute

Method of operating internal combustion engine having increased rich limit for dedicated egr cylinder

A method of providing internal egr to an engine having at least one dedicated egr cylinder. The main (non dedicated) cylinders are operated with internal egr, in addition to external egr from the dedicated egr cylinder. ... Southwest Research Institute

Natural gas reciprocating compressor

A reciprocating compressor including a compressor frame including a drive shaft received therein, a rotary to linear motion converter coupling the drive shaft and a first end of a piston rod, a piston coupled to a second end of the piston rod, a compression cylinder in which the piston is received, an inlet valve coupled to the compression cylinder and a discharge valve coupled to the compression cylinder, a pressure casing encasing the compressor frame and the rotary to linear motion converter, a motor coupled to the drive shaft, wherein the motor is located external to the pressure casing, and a mechanical seal coupled between the drive shaft and the pressure casing.. . ... Southwest Research Institute

Wrapping clip for securing a flexible line to another ojbect

A securing device for securing a flexible line to another object. The clip has a working end and a clip end, the former for attachment to the other object and the latter for securing the line. ... Southwest Research Institute

Dosage suspensions of active pharmaceutical ingredients

Methods for preparing suspensions of active pharmaceutical ingredients for ensuing drug delivery. The suspension may include a mixture of a relatively low dosage api and a relatively high dosage api or a mixture of an api with a suitable excipient.. ... Southwest Research Institute

Dedicated exhaust gas recirculation engine fueling control

A method of operating an dedicated exhaust gas recirculation engine including a water gas shift catalyst by supplying ambient air and fuel to a dedicated cylinder at a first fuel to air equivalence ratio in the range of greater than 1.0 to 1.6 for a first number of engine cycles and, for a second number of engine cycles, supplying ambient air and fuel to the dedicated cylinder at a second fuel to air equivalence ratio in the range of 0.7 to less than 1.0. During the second number of cycles, spark timing of the dedicated cylinder is adjusted and a time delay when exhaust recirculated from the dedicated cylinder will be inducted into the cylinders is determined. ... Southwest Research Institute

Hydraulic starter and pre-lubrication system for an internal combustion engine

An internal combustion engine oil utilization system, comprising one or more oil pumps to receive and discharge engine oil including an engine oil circulation loop comprising a first flow path and a second flow path. The first flow path receives at least a portion of the oil discharged from the one or more oil pumps and utilizes the oil to lubricate the engine during running operation of the engine. ... Southwest Research Institute

Internal combustion engine having dedicated egr cylinder(s) with split fuel injection timing

A method of controlling fuel injection to the cylinders of an internal combustion engine, the engine having exhaust gas recirculation (egr) from at least one dedicated egr (d-egr) cylinder, with the other cylinders being main cylinders. The d-egr cylinder is run at a richer equivalence ratio than the main cylinders, with the goal of providing increased h2 and co in the recirculated exhaust. ... Southwest Research Institute

Three-dimensional bioreactor for cell expansion and related applications

The present disclosure relates to the design, fabrication, and applications of a three-dimensional (3d) bioreactor for cell expansion and cell secreted substance production. The bioreactor is composed of non-random interconnected voids providing a continuous three-dimensional surface area for cell adherence and growth.. ... Southwest Research Institute

10/12/17 / #20170292438

Intake air boost system for two-cycle engine having turbo-supercharger

An air boost system for a two-cycle engine, such as an emd engine, which operates with a gear-driven turbo-supercharger. The turbo-supercharger is undersized for the engine, such that it is insufficient to provide air flow for a target air-fuel ratio above a pre-determined mid-load threshold. ... Southwest Research Institute

09/14/17 / #20170261448

Calibrated volume displacement apparatus and method for direct measurement of specific heat of a gas

A method and apparatus for the direct measurement of specific heat at constant pressure (cp). A control fluid of a known amount is supplied to a near adiabatic test chamber having a volume. ... Southwest Research Institute

09/07/17 / #20170256840

Deployable reflector antenna

A balloon reflector antenna for a satellite, including a spherical balloon with a surface transparent to electromagnetic waves and a reflective surface opposite the transparent surface. The balloon reflector antenna may further include a feed system extending from the center of the balloon that receives electromagnetic waves reflected off the reflective surface and/or outputs electromagnetic waves that are reflected off the reflective surface.. ... Southwest Research Institute

08/24/17 / #20170243727

Atmospheric pressure pulsed arc plasma source and methods of coating therewith

An atmospheric pressure pulsed arc plasma source and method of using including a housing having a housing opening therein; an insulator tube having an insulator tube opening therein, retained within the housing opening; and a conductive tube, retained within the insulator tube opening. A nozzle is retained by the housing. ... Southwest Research Institute

07/27/17 / #20170211505

Techniques for mitigating low-speed pre-ignition conditions in an engine and a fuel delivery system using the same

Aspects and embodiments disclosed herein indicate a correlation exists between a specific gravity of combustible fuel and the occurrence of low-speed pre-ignition (lspi) within engines. Thus techniques are disclosed herein for online measurement of the specific gravity of fuel within an engine, and allow for preventative measures to be executed to minimize or otherwise mitigate the incidence of lspi when the calculated specific gravity of the fuel exceeds a predefined threshold. ... Southwest Research Institute

07/27/17 / #20170211490

Dual-fuel diesel engine with cylinder fueling control of gaseous fueling at less than full loads

A method, used with dual-fuel engine, of controlling the amount of gaseous fuel delivered to the engine. At operating conditions that result in an equivalence ratio below a predetermined threshold (which typically occur at mid or part loads), it is determined whether better performance and/or lower emissions can be achieved by reducing gaseous fuel to some cylinders and increasing gaseous fuel to others. ... Southwest Research Institute

06/29/17 / #20170182712

Reinforcement system for additive manufacturing, devices and methods using the same

Reinforcement systems for additive manufacturing are disclosed. In some embodiments, the reinforcement systems include a print head assembly including a print head that is configured to form a plurality of layers of an additively manufactured article, and a reinforcement head. ... Southwest Research Institute

06/15/17 / #20170167478

Reciprocating compressor with integral engine and with linear cylinders

A reciprocating compressor. A hollow cylinder tube contains a piston assembly having two pistons connected by a piston rod. ... Southwest Research Institute

06/01/17 / #20170153292

Monitoring and control of electrochemical cell degradation via strain based battery testing

A method and system for the monitoring and control of electrochemical cell degradation by use of strain-based battery testing. Strain-based battery is employed to recognize and implement a battery revival cycle to reduce battery degradation rates.. ... Southwest Research Institute

05/18/17 / #20170142819

High power impulse plasma source

A method and system for generating a surface treating plasma. Gas is provided to a power conducting electrode and flows through the power conducting electrode. ... Southwest Research Institute

04/27/17 / #20170115204

Magnetostrictive probe with mechanical and fluid coupling for guided wave testing of tubular structures

A probe for use in magnetostrictive testing of tubular structures. The probe has a handle and an outer tube, the latter having an expandable probe head for insertion into the tubular structure. ... Southwest Research Institute

04/20/17 / #20170107880

Ruthenium based catalysts for nox reduction

The present disclosure is directed at a ruthenium based catalyst for nox reduction. More specifically, ruthenium based catalysts are used for nox reduction in an internal combustion engine to reduce nox to nitrogen, at relatively high conversion and selectivity, using carbon monoxide and hydrogen as reductants. ... Southwest Research Institute

04/13/17 / #20170101930

Internal combustion test engine with system and method for adjusting cylinder offset

A set of mechanisms, for use with an internal combustion test engine, for testing cylinder offset during operation of the engine. The test engine specifics may vary, but it is assumed to have a crankcase base that supports a cylinder barrel and cylinder head. ... Southwest Research Institute

03/16/17 / #20170074400

Ti-si-c-n piston ring coatings

A ti—si—c—n coating for a piston ring and a method forming such coating, wherein the deposited coating exhibits a thickness in the range of 10.0 micrometers to 20.0 micrometers and exhibits a coefficient of friction of less than 0.15 and a wear rate of less than 10×10−6 mm3/n/m. The coefficient of friction being measured on a plint te77 and the wear rate being measured against an alumina ball of 0.25 inches in diameter at a load of 1 n at 100 rpm in a dry environment. ... Southwest Research Institute

03/16/17 / #20170074214

Internal combustion engine utilizing two independent flow paths to a dedicated exhaust gas recirculation cylinder

An exhaust gas recirculation (egr) system and corresponding method for improved combustion efficiency of an internal combustion engine having a number of cylinders, comprising one or more main cylinders connected to an intake manifold and one or more cylinders operable as a dedicated egr cylinder(s). The dedicated egr cylinder(s) have two independent intake flow paths for where one flow path provides only intake air and one flow path provides air and recirculated exhaust gas. ... Southwest Research Institute

03/02/17 / #20170060139

Balloon system

The present disclosure relates to a balloon system that includes a flexible volume balloon hull configured to contain a lifting gas, a flexible volume ballonet contained within said balloon hull configured to contain a refrigerant gas and a refrigerant gas transfer device in fluid communication with the ballonet to control the balloon's vertical ascent and descent.. . ... Southwest Research Institute

02/16/17 / #20170045118

Two-stage hypocycloidal gear train

A gear train including a rotatable drive shaft and a clutch roller in rotatable contact with the drive shaft or mounted on the drive shaft. A first wobble gear and a second wobble gear are suspended around the drive shaft, wherein the first wobble gear is affixed to and concentric with the second wobble gear and the clutch roller is preloaded against the first and second wobble gears. ... Southwest Research Institute

01/26/17 / #20170023531

Non-contact magnetostrictive sensor for guided wave monitoring of wire ropes or other solid ferrous objects without ferromagnetic coupling

A non contact sensor for use in magnetostrictive testing of a solid ferrous structure. In its simplest form, the sensor has a set of permanent magnets arranged in a row with their poles in the same direction, an electrical coil wrapped around the set of magnets, wrapped in direction parallel to the common poles of the magnets, thereby forming a top portion above the set of magnets and a bottom portion below the set of magnets, and a metal shield interposed between the top portion of the coil and the set of magnets. ... Southwest Research Institute

01/05/17 / #20170002774

Internal combustion engine having six cylinders with two of the cylinders being dedicated egr cylinders controlled with dual egr valve

An exhaust gas recirculation (egr) system for an internal combustion engine having two dedicated egr cylinders. A dual valve system is used to control the output of the dedicated egr cylinders so that the engine may intake egr exhaust from both, only one, or neither of the dedicated egr cylinders.. ... Southwest Research Institute

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