Flow Research Inc

21414 - 68th Avenue South
Kent, WA 98032

SBIR Award Summary

Total Number of Awards 38
Total Value of Awards $4.08MM
First Award Date 01/01/83
Most Recent Award Date 01/01/90

38 Awards Won

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: National Science Foundation
Topic: 1990
Budget: 01/01/90 - 12/31/90

THE ABRASIVE-WATERJET (AWJ) TECHNOLOGY INTRODUCED INTO THE MARKETPLACE IN 1983 WAS A BREAKTHROUGH IN MACHINING PROCESSES, ESPECIALLY FOR HARD-TO-MACHINE BRITTLE MATERIALS AND EXOTIC ALLOYS AND COMPOSITES. THIS PROPOSAL ADDRESSES ANEW CONCEPT OF FORMING AWJS THAT MAY PROVE TO BE ANOTHER BREAKTHROUGH IN MACHINING TECHNOLOGY. PREMIXED SLURRIES WILL...

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: National Science Foundation
Topic: 1989
Budget: 01/01/89 - 12/31/89

MANUFACTURE OF LAMINATED COMPOSITE MATERIAL IS A LABOR INTENSIVE AND THUS AN EXPENSIVE PROCESS. A CRITICAL PROBLEMIS THE INSPECTION OF PLY EDGES TO DETERMINE WHETHER A PLY EDGE HAS BEEN PLACED WITHIN TOLERANCE. FLOW HAS DEVELOPED AMACHINE VISION SYSTEM TO AUTOMATE THIS INSPECTION PROCESS. THIS PROPOSED RESEARCH EFFORT SEEKS TO IMPROVE THE ACCURA...

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: National Science Foundation
Topic: 1989
Budget: 01/01/89 - 12/31/89

THIS RESEARCH PROJECT WILL EXPERIMENTALLY AND THEORETICALLY TREAT THE SURFACE ROUGHNESS PHENOMENON ASSOCIATED WITH WATERJET AND ABRASIVE-WATERJET CUTTING. SURFACES PRODUCED WITH THESE TECHNIQUES ARE 'STRIATED' DUE TO THE GLOBAL KINEMATIC NATURE OF THE "STREAM-LIKE" CUTTING TOOL. EXPERIMENTAL INVESTIGATIONS WILL FOCUS ON THE DOCUMENTATION OF SURF...

Phase 2 SBIR

Agency: Department of Energy
Topic: 1989
Budget: 01/01/89 - 12/31/89

DIRECTIONAL AND EXTENDED-REACH DRILLING IN GAS FIELDS IS OFTEN EMPLOYED FOR MORE EFFECTIVE GAS DRAINAGE OR, IN CASES WHERE IT IS NECESSARY TO CROSS THE NATURAL FRACTURE NETWORK,TO MAXIMIZE GAS RECOVERY. AS THE DRILLING DIRECTION APPROACHES THE HORIZONTAL, THE RATE OF PENETRATION DIMINISHES AND THE HORIZONTAL REACH DECREASES, SINCE IT BECOMES DIF...

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: Department of Energy
Topic: 1988
Budget: 01/01/88 - 12/31/88

Phase 2 SBIR

Agency: National Science Foundation
Topic: 1988
Budget: 01/01/88 - 12/31/88
PI: Unavailable

THE PROPOSED FIBER OPTIC TACTILE SENSOR USES VARIABLE BIREFRINGENCE TO PROVIDE A MUCH NEEDED ROBOTIC END EFFECTOR WITH SENSING CAPABILITIES INCLUDING PRESSURE, FORCE, TOUCH AND PROXIMITY. A TWO-DIMENSIONAL ARRAY OF THESE MINIATURE PRESSURE SENSORS PROVIDES A PLANAR TACTILE SENSOR. A MAJOR ADVANTAGE OF THIS SENSOR IS THAT NO ACTIVE ELECTRONICS AR...

Phase 2 SBIR

Agency: Department of Energy
Topic: 1988
Budget: 01/01/88 - 12/31/88

THIS PROGRAM WILL INVESTIGATE ADVANCED ABRASIVE WATERJET (AWJ) TECHNIQUES TO FACILITATE THE DECONTAMINATION AND DECOMMISSIONING OF NUCLEAR FACILITIES. TWO SPECIFIC NEEDS ARE TO BE ADDRESSED: METAL SURFACE REMOVAL FOR COMPLETE DECONTAMINATION OF LARGE, HEAVILY CONTAMINATED METAL STRUCTURES AND UNDERWATER CUTTING OF THICK METALS AND CONCRETE. AN A...

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Topic: 88-1
Budget: 01/01/88 - 12/31/88

AN EXPERIMENTAL INVESTIGATION OF SHOCK WAVE/SHEAR LAYER INTERACTIONS TO ENHANCE MIXING IN A SUPERSONIC COMBUSTION RAMJET (SCRAMJET) ENGINE IS PROPOSED. IN A SCRAMJET ENGINE OPERATING AT HYPERSONIC FLIGHT SPEEDS, THE SHORTER RESIDENCETIME AND DECREASED MIXING RATE CAUSE DETERIORATION IN THE COMBUSTION EFFICIENCY AS COMPARED WITH LOWER SPEEDS. A C...

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: National Science Foundation
Topic: 1988
Budget: 01/01/88 - 12/31/88

THERE EXISTS CONSIDERABLE SCIENTIFIC AND COMMERCIAL INTERESTIN THE GEOLOGY OF THE OCEAN FLOOR. THE U.S. NAVY'S DEEP SUBMERGENCE VEHICLE (DSV) SEA CLIFF IS A MANNED SUBMERSIBLE CAPABLE OF DIVING TO 20,000 FEET. A PORTION OF ITS ANNUAL SERVICE IS USED BY THE SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY FOR GEOLOGICAL INVESTIGATIONS. A DRAWBACK OF THE SEA CLIFF IS THAT IT...

Phase 2 SBIR

Agency: National Science Foundation
Topic: 1988
Budget: 01/01/88 - 12/31/88

FLOW INDUSTRIES, INC. HAS DEVELOPED A POWERFUL NEW CUTTING TOOL USING HIGHLY PRESSURIZED WATERJETS IN COMBINATIONS WITH ABRASIVE MATERIAL. THE ABRASIVE-WATERJET CUTS ALL METALS AND NON-METALS WITH NO HEAT, VIBRATION OR SHEAR STRESS EFFECTS, LEAVING AN EXCEPTIONAL SURFACE FINISH. THE OBJECTIVE OF THIS PROPOSAL IS TO INVESTIGATE THE FEASIBILITY OF...

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