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Sensor growth controller

A method for plating electrodes includes contacting a substrate with an electrolyte, the substrate comprising a plurality of working electrodes, applying an electric potential to one or more working electrodes of the plurality of working electrodes, monitoring a separate current through each of the one or more working electrodes of the plurality of working electrodes, and in response to determining that a first current through a first electrode of the plurality of working electrodes has reached a predetermined value, interrupting the first current through the first working electrode.. . ... General Atomics

Forming closely spaced annular internal corrugations in circular waveguides

An apparatus for cutting annular corrugations in an interior surface of a cylindrical tube having a cutter head comprising a plurality of cutting teeth; a drive shaft coupled to the cutter head for spinning the cutter head; a mandrel coupled to the cutter head, wherein the mandrel defines a longitudinal axis, wherein an axis of rotation of the cutter head is parallel to, but in a position not coaxial with the axis of rotation of the cutter head; an outer eccentric coupled to mandrel, wherein the outer eccentric rotates the mandrel, wherein the axis of rotation orbits around the longitudinal axis.. . ... General Atomics

Method and apparatus for inhibiting formation of and/or removing ice from aircraft components

Methods and systems are generally described that inhibit debris (such as ice) accretions and/or remove debris (such as ice) accretions from the exterior surface of an aircraft. In some embodiments, the invention is a system for an aircraft comprising: a component of the aircraft having a surface; a plurality of piezo-kinetic actuators each positioned proximate to a portion of the surface; and a control unit coupled to the plurality of actuators, the control unit configured to actuate one or more of the actuators at one or more frequencies; wherein the actuators are each configured to introduce a displacement of the surface in three dimensions to inhibit a formation of ice on at least the portion of the surface and to break up existing ice formations on at least the portion of the surface.. ... General Atomics

Systems and methods for lighter-than-air high altitude platforms

An energy efficient and lighter-than-air high altitude platform (hap) is disclosed that allows for sustained station keeping at high altitudes of about 50,000-80,000 feet for prolonged periods of time. The hap includes an aerodynamically streamlined body that may have the topology of a torus. ... General Atomics

Forming closely spaced annular internal corrugations in circular waveguides

An apparatus for cutting annular corrugations in an interior surface of a cylindrical tube having a cutter head comprising a plurality of cutting teeth; a drive shaft coupled to the cutter head for spinning the cutter head; a mandrel coupled to the cutter head, wherein the mandrel defines a longitudinal axis, wherein an axis of rotation of the cutter head is parallel to, but in a position not coaxial with the axis of rotation of the cutter head; an outer eccentric coupled to mandrel, wherein the outer eccentric rotates the mandrel, wherein the axis of rotation orbits around the longitudinal axis.. . ... General Atomics

Rotor assembly and method of manufacturing

Some embodiments provided rotor assemblies, comprising: a rotor core barrel comprising a wall extending, and at least two compression bridges each formed in the wall proximate one of the lateral ends and separated by a distance; an array of a plurality of magnets positioned on and spaced along the wall between the compression bridges and about a circumference of the rotor core barrel; and one or more pre-stress wraps wrapped over the plurality of magnets and about the rotor core barrel along at least a portion of a length of the rotor core barrel between the compression bridges, wherein the compression bridges enable radial compression deflection, induced by radial compression of the rotor core barrel by the one or more pre-stress wraps, of the wall of the rotor core barrel at the compression bridges relative to the wall of the rotor core barrel proximate the lateral ends.. . ... General Atomics

Multi-level high-speed adjustable speed drive

A multi-level high-speed adjustable speed drive has a plurality of modular multilevel, 3-phase inverter bridges, wherein the multilevel, 3-phase inverter bridges operate with fundamental frequency, f, wherein the multilevel, 3-phase inverter bridges include at least three levels, wherein the multilevel, 3-phase inverter bridges operate in pulse-width modulation (pwm) mode with 9 to 21× or operating in fundamental frequency mode (ffm), wherein inverter commutation frequency equals the fundamental frequency, wherein the multilevel, 3-phase inverters operate with split phase such that one group is displaced from the other by an angle, θ=60°/q, wherein the phase displacement of a harmonic component of order n between groups, θn is nθ/q; a high-speed polyphase motor with phases arranged in q 3-phase groups; and electromagnetic means for blocking selected groups of harmonics while passing components at fundamental frequency, f, wherein the electromagnetic means includes coils carrying motor current linked by a magnetic core, wherein the electromagnetic means is interposed between the plurality of modular multilevel, 3-phase inverter bridges and the high-speed polyphase motor.. . ... General Atomics

Modular nuclear fission waste conversion reactor

A modular, nuclear waste conversion reactor that continuously produces usable energy while converting u-238 and/or other fertile waste materials to fissionable nuclides. The reactor has a highly uniform, self-controlled, core (2) with a decades-long life and does not require reactivity control mechanisms within the boundary of the active core during operation to retain adequate safety. ... General Atomics

Magnet gripper and rotor assembly methods and systems

Some embodiments provide a magnet gripper system, comprising: a gripper base comprising a magnetically attractive face; at least two slide plate retaining systems; and two or more slide plates wherein at least one of the slide plates is movably cooperated with each of the at least two slide plate retaining systems such that the slide plates are configured to move between a retracted position with the slide plates retracted relative to the face of the gripper base and an extended position with the slide plates extended relative to the face of the gripper base with an end of each of the slide plates being positioned further from the face of the gripper base when in the extended position than when the slide plates are in the retracted position.. . ... General Atomics

Method and system for growing microalgae in expanding sloped ponds

A system for growing an algal culture to create a biomass includes a plurality of linearly interconnected, sloped-gradient, gravity-driven, raceway ponds. Surface areas of the ponds are sequentially increased in accordance with a multiplier, with the pond surface area of the last raceway pond in the sequence being as large as fifty acres. ... General Atomics








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