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Irradiance based solar panel power point tracking

A power point tracking apparatus employs irradiance detection for performing maximum power point tracking (mppt) of a pv panel. The apparatus controls an operating voltage of a pv panel inverter by regulating the operating voltage of the inverter at a computed optimal voltage based on a detected irradiance of light on the solar panel providing power to the inverter to result in a maximum power generation from the solar panel. ... Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Method and apparatus for waste combustion

A toxic waste incinerator is capable of enhanced combustion of hazardous waste (oil contaminated sand, human waste, garbage, etc.) utilizing immersed non-combustible and thermally conductive objects for increasing heat feedback from the flames to the unburned fuel, while air inlets are used to optimize the air entrainment rate to enhance the burning efficiency. The burning rate of a fluidic mass such as a sand-oil mixture is enhanced using immersed conductive objects (copper rods) which enable rapid heat-up of the flame exposed to the upper surface of the rod and transmits heat back into the sand. ... Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Kinetic batteries

A rechargeable lithium-ion (li-ion) battery employs a solvent-less, low temperature approach to battery manufacturing that forms charge material from kinetic energy of high velocity particles impelled into an aggregation such that bombardment of the particles against other particles in the aggregation forms a charge conveying structure. High velocity bombardment from a carrier gas nozzle accumulates an active charge material (active material) and metal binder in a layered arrangement for the finished battery. ... Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Engineered tissue constructs

A modular engineered tissue construct includes a plurality of fused self-assembled, scaffold-free, high-density cell aggregates. At least one cell aggregate includes a plurality of cells and a plurality of biocompatible and biodegradable nanoparticles and/or microparticles that are incorporated within the cell aggregates. ... Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Self-recovering impact absorbing footwear

An impact absorbing footwear device employs opposed planar sole portions engaged by a selective resistance coupling that biases the opposed planar sole portions in a non-linear manner in response to forces exerted by the wearer against the sole portion in frictional contact with a floor surface. The planar sole portions are disposed in a footwear appliance that takes the form of an athletic shoe sole. ... Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Fixation identification using density optimization

A fixation identification system includes an eye-tracking device and a fixation identification device disposed in electrical communication with the eye-tracking device. The fixation identification device includes a controller having a memory and a processor, the controller being configured to identify each gaze position data element received from the eye-tracking device as one of fixation gaze position data and saccade gaze position data, each gaze position data element corresponding to a visual location associated with a field of view at a corresponding time; identify at least one fixation region associated with the fixation gaze position data; adjust a number of fixation gaze position data elements associated with the at least one fixation region; and generate a density optimized fixation region based upon the adjusted number of fixation gaze position data elements.. ... Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Biologically-inspired joints and systems and methods of use thereof

The present disclosure provides a biologically-inspired robotic device comprising: a first member; a second member pivotably connected to the first member; one or more actuators; and a coupler/decoupler mechanism (cdc) selectively coupling or decoupling of the one or more actuators to the second member, such that, when the one or more actuators are coupled to the second member, the one or more actuators act to pivot the second member relative to the first member.. . ... Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Methods and systems for burning liquid fuels

Methods and systems for clean-up of hazardous spills are provided. In some aspects, there is provided a system for burning an water-oil emulsion that includes an enclosure configured to hold a water-oil emulsion; one or more conductive rods disposed throughout the enclosure, each rod of the one or more roads having a heater portion to be submerged in the water-oil emulsion and a collector portion to project above the water-oil emulsion, wherein the collector portion is longer than the heater portion; and a delivery system for supplying an water-oil emulsion to the enclosure, the delivery system is configured to maintain a constant level of the water-oil emulsion in the enclosure as the water-oil emulsion is burned. ... Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Haptic glove as a wearable force feedback user interface

A toroidal actuator is responsive to a teleoperator for providing haptic feedback responsive to a curvature or articulated movement applied to a gripped object. The toroidal actuator surrounds an operator member such as a finger, and is responsive to pneumatic pressure for increasing telepresence force defined by resistance encounter against a teleoperated robotic claw. ... Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Airborne vehicle recovery

The airborne vehicle recovery method and apparatus enables radiosonde users to reliably recover launched radiosondes and provides new and unique opportunities for research and data acquisition with balloon launched radiosondes. Airborne vehicles such as radiosondes are disposed in a flight body adapted for propulsionless, gliding navigation for returning to one of several designated landing sites for recovery. ... Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Transport container flame arrestor

A volatile liquid storage container has combustion resistance properties from a flexible sock or tube constructed of fire resistant fibers coupled to a neck of the storage container to prevent flame flash-back into the storage container. The storage container defines an enclosed volume having an orifice in the container material leading to a neck for pouring and filling the enclosed volume for exchanging the contents therein. ... Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Multi-band heat flux gauge

A noncontact temperature sensing device receives radiative emissions from a sensed object to measure radiant heat flux and computes a temperature using multiple photodiode sensors, or elements, each sensitive to a different bandwidth of near ir light. The device samples a fluctuating heat source such as a flame or explosion at a fast sampling frequency, and compares corresponding or simultaneous readings in each bandwidth for computing a ratio of the respective bands and determining a temperature via ratio pyrometry. ... Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Antifungal agents and uses thereof

Antimicrobial agents, compositions that include the agent(s) and use(s) thereof are provided. Also disclosed are screening assays for identifying antimicrobial agents.. ... Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Engineered tissue constructs

A modular engineered tissue construct includes a plurality of fused self-assembled, scaffold-free, high-density cell aggregates. At least one cell aggregate includes a plurality of cells and a plurality of biocompatible and biodegradable nanoparticles and/or microparticles that are incorporated within the cell aggregates. ... Worcester Polytechnic Institute

06/22/17 / #20170180382

Method and apparatus for using software defined networking and network function virtualization to secure residential networks

A service provider device includes a controller having a memory and a processor. The controller is configured to receive a device access request from the client device via a residential network, the server provider device being located external to the residential network and detect a communication type identifier associated with the device access request. ... Worcester Polytechnic Institute

06/15/17 / #20170166884

Coated cell culture apparatus and methods of use

Device, and methods of using or making the device, for engineering cells in vitro are disclosed. In some aspects, a cell culture device comprises at least one glass or polymer surface configured for incubating cells in a culture medium; a charged molecule electrostatically bound to the surface; and a polyelectrolyte multilayer (pem) electrostatically bound to the charged molecule, the pem comprising one or more bi-layers of oppositely charged polyelectrolytes, and the pem having a sufficient thickness to permit release of the charged molecule into the culture medium in a controlled released manner.. ... Worcester Polytechnic Institute

04/13/17 / #20170103671

Inquiry skills tutoring system

An assessment engine includes a definition of inquiry skills being assessed. Assessment models are used to infer skill demonstration as one or more students engage in inquiry within computerized simulations and/or microworlds. ... Worcester Polytechnic Institute

04/06/17 / #20170095973

Cable driven manipulator for additive manufacturing

A parallel robotic manipulator for generating 3 dimensional structures includes a set of redeployable towers adapted to transport one or more cables, and at least one drive source operable to draw or traverse the cables across a rendering area. An end-effector suspended from the cables is operable to deposit extrudate onto the rendering area, and a nozzle in the end-effector is configured to selectively deposit the extrudate at predefined locations based on the position of the cable. ... Worcester Polytechnic Institute

03/30/17 / #20170092831

Molecular thermoelectric lipid bilayers and a device using the same

A molecular thermoelectric (m-te) lipid layer includes a lipid bilayer or monolayer and a dopant, and in particular, the dopant can be an n-type dopant, a p-type dopant, or a hybrid thereof. The dopant can be selected from modified biological molecules, such as lipid, transmembrane protein and oligonucleotides. ... Worcester Polytechnic Institute

03/30/17 / #20170089611

Electrohydrodynamic (ehd) refrigerant pump

An electrohydrodynamic (ehd) pump increases refrigerant flow rate and the resulting pressure in a vapor compression based cooling system for permitting reduced compressor sizes and power demands. The ehd pump disposes electrodes in a liquid path of the refrigerant flow, and increases fluid flow and resulting pressure by an induced liquid flow between a pair of asymmetric electrodes. ... Worcester Polytechnic Institute

03/16/17 / #20170077564

Method and apparatus for recycling lithium-ion batteries

Cathode material from exhausted lithium ion batteries are dissolved in a solution for extracting the useful elements co (cobalt), ni (nickel), al (aluminum) and mn (manganese) to produce active cathode materials for new batteries. The solution includes compounds of desirable materials such as cobalt, nickel, aluminum and manganese dissolved as compounds from the exhausted cathode material of spent cells. ... Worcester Polytechnic Institute

03/16/17 / #20170076446

System and method for assessing wound

The wound assessing method and system provide a convenient, quantitative mechanism for diabetic foot ulcer assessment.. . ... Worcester Polytechnic Institute

03/16/17 / #20170073918

Systems and methods for in-situ clean up of burnable materials

The present disclosure provides devices and methods for cleaning up or burning spills of burnable materials in situ. In some embodiments, a system for burning a burnable material comprises a base having a first side configured for placement on a surface with a burnable material and a second side; and a plurality heat conducting members extending from the second side of the base.. ... Worcester Polytechnic Institute

03/02/17 / #20170063859

System and method for network access control

Embodiments of the innovation relate to, in an access controller, a method for providing access to a network resource. The method includes receiving, by the access controller, a network access request and user interaction information associated with the network access request from the client device, the user access information received with the network access request from the client device. ... Worcester Polytechnic Institute

02/16/17 / #20170044379

Self-healing coating for reinforcement steel

A self-healing coating for reinforcing steel embedded in concrete includes emulsion derived microcapsules having a healing agent and adapted for dispersion through a liquid coating medium for application on a structural steel surface to form a coating for corrosion prevention. The microcapsule particles are dispersed in the coating medium for being disposed on the surface and are configured to rupture and release the healing agent onto the surface in response to a compromise of the coating, such as being dropped or dragged on a construction site. ... Worcester Polytechnic Institute

02/16/17 / #20170044222

Anti-microbial coatings and devices

Compositions and methods for coating medical devices are provided. A coating composition may comprise a tether covalently attached to an anti-microbial peptide, the tether having sufficient length to permit the anti-microbial peptide to at least partially penetrate a membrane of a bacteria, upon contact of the anti-microbial peptide with the bacteria.. ... Worcester Polytechnic Institute

02/09/17 / #20170038455

Locating and ranging using coherent array reconciliation tomography

A ranging and tracking system and method employs a coherent array reconciliation tomography (cart) approach that benefits from a series of samples gathered from deployed receivers in an area of interest, and applies a sequence of matrix operations and transformations to data defining locations in a cartesian grid space for summing constructive characteristics in a received waveform for identifying a leading edge indicative of a time of arrival (toa) from a signal source, and computing a metric based on the distance to the signal source. Sampled waveform information (data) from multiple locations in the area of interest allows computation of a likelihood metric for each location in the grid space of containing the signal source. ... Worcester Polytechnic Institute

01/12/17 / #20170009141

Molten salt pyrolysis for bio-oil and chemicals

A bio-oil reactor leverages chemically recalcitrant lignocellulosic biomass using a moderate temperature molten-salt based process to unlock hydrocarbon content having the potential to substantially supplement demand for petroleum based fuels and chemicals. Bio-oil is a precursor to production of other chemicals and hydrocarbons, and can be refined as an effective replacement to conventional petroleum products and fossil fuels. ... Worcester Polytechnic Institute








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