Florida Institute of Technology

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Corporate Partners

Faculty & Staff

Name Awards Latest
Eltron Research, Inc.
Boulder, CO
3 07/20/07
Florida Laser Systems
Stuart, FL
1 01/01/01
Interface and Control Systems, Inc.
Columbia, MD
1 01/01/03
Aet, Inc.
Melbourne, FL
1 07/25/03
Advanced Magnet Lab, Inc.
Melbourne, FL
2 07/24/07
Gordon Nelson and Associates
Melbourne, FL
2 01/01/13
Technova Corporation
Okemos, MI
2 09/26/12
Mainstream Engineering Corporation
Rockledge, FL
3 01/01/15
Engineering Acoustics, Inc.
Casselberry, FL
1 09/08/09
Securboration, Inc.
MELBOURNE, FL
1 07/01/03
Quantum Technology Services, Inc.
Cocoa Beach, FL
1 01/01/00

18 Awards Won

Phase 1 STTR

Firm: Mainstream Engineering Corporation

Institution: Florida Institute of Technology

Agency: Missile Defense Agency
Topic: MDA14-T001
Budget: 01/01/15 - 12/31/15

The process by which weapon systems go from point of manufacture to field usage is not a simple one. Devices can be held in storage for decades before use, and they can be subjected to significant and potentially damaging environmental conditions throughout the system?s lifecycle. Latent and intermittent failures occur, and it is difficult to ...

Phase 2 STTR

Firm: Gordon Nelson and Associates

Institution: Florida Institute of Technology

Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Topic: 11-2-T7.03
Budget: 01/01/13 - 12/31/13
PI: Feng Yang

Project involves development of new flexible FR polyurethane (PU)insulation foams through a non-toxic environmentally friendly composite approach. Foams have bound-in polymeric phosphonate FRs, with added synergists and smoke suppressants. Such foams will not leach FR. Foams have fine cell structure and excellent flexible foam properties.Cone p...

Phase 2 STTR

Firm: Technova Corporation

Institution: Florida Institute of Technology

Agency: Navy
Topic: N11A-T014
Budget: 09/26/12 - 03/26/14

Efforts to replace metals with composites in shipboard applications have emphasized the use of brominated vinyl esters as fire-retardant polymers. Despite their relatively low cost and ease of fabrication, such halogenated polymers produce toxic and potentially carcinogenic gases; their compatibility with carbon fibers is also less than desirabl...

Phase 1 STTR

Firm: Gordon Nelson and Associates

Institution: Florida Institute of Technology

Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Topic: 11-1-T7.03
Budget: 01/01/12 - 12/31/12
PI: Feng Yang

Development of new polyurethane (PU) insulation foams through a non-toxic environmentally friendly composite approach. Target FR foams will exhibit high heat flow resistance as well as lower density than conventional PU. Foams involve synergism between novel phosphonate FRs and smoke suppression agents coupled with use of aerogel. Preliminary...

Phase 1 STTR

Firm: Technova Corporation

Institution: Florida Institute of Technology

Agency: Navy
Topic: N11A-T014
Budget: 06/27/11 - 04/27/12

Shipboard structures can benefit from the relatively high performance-to-weight ratio, fatigue life, durability, processability and multi-functionality of polymer composites (versus metals). The fire, smoke and toxicity (FST) performance and the initial economics of composites, however, cannot match those of metals. Efforts to replace metals wit...

Phase 1 STTR

Firm: Mainstream Engineering Corporation

Institution: Florida Institute of Technology

Agency: Navy
Topic: N10A-T037
Budget: 06/28/10 - 07/29/11

In miniature gas turbines for UAV applications, traditional bearings exhibit a typical lifetime of only 25 hours due to excessive axial loading. Mainstream proposes to use a passive, permanent magnet thrust bearing to alleviate this problem and increase service life to over 1000 hours. Since this type of bearing is non-contacting, it can operate...

Phase 1 STTR

Firm: Mainstream Engineering Corporation

Institution: Florida Institute of Technology

Agency: Office of the Secretary of Defense
Topic: OSD09-T002
Budget: 02/24/10 - 08/24/10

Military shelters currently use electrically driven Environmental Control Units (ECUs) to provide cooling for the air inside the shelter. The ECU is vapor compression cycle powered by a diesel generator, operating on JP-8 fuel. Other than fueling jet engines, the largest drain on U.S. military fuel supplies in current operations comes from runn...

Phase 1 STTR

Firm: Engineering Acoustics, Inc.

Institution: Florida Institute of Technology

Agency: Army
Topic: A09A-T025
Budget: 09/08/09 - 04/07/10

An immediate and definite need exists for a portable screening device to provide objective assessment of mild-Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI) and assist in the discrimination between mTBI and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) diagnosis. This research addresses the development of a portable diagnostic device and a series of non-invasive tests t...

Phase 2 STTR

Firm: Advanced Magnet Lab, Inc.

Institution: Florida Institute of Technology

Agency: Air Force
Topic: AF05-T001
Budget: 07/24/07 - 11/30/09

The conceptual design of a novel, hypersonic electromagnetic launch system has been developed. Phase-1 assumed a 100-kg projectile leaving the launcher at 7,000 m/sec. The projectile is propelled and levitated by electromagnetic forces inside a tube filled with low pressure helium. A controlled acceleration profile, fully adjustable to the requi...

Phase 1 STTR

Firm: Eltron Research, Inc.

Institution: Florida Institute of Technology

Agency: Navy
Topic: N07-T027
Budget: 07/20/07 - 05/20/08

A conceptual Fischer-Tropsch (FT) based process is proposed for converting synthesis gas to C9 C16 hydrocarbons suitable for Navy use as synthetic JP5 fuel. We shall develop an advanced FT catalyst selective for C5-C8 olefins that will be subsequently dimerized to C10-C16; optionally, the process will include product upgrading, e.g., partial re...

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