Aviation & Aerospace White Papers and Case Studies

  1. SCHOTT Borofloat 33 Floated Borosilicate Glass Tech Note

    Abrisa Technologies provides custom fabrication and coating of SCHOTT Borofloat® 33; floated borosilicate glass.

  2. Material Selection With An Eye On Micromolding: A Comparison Study Of Materials

    This study tackles one of the most important aspects of micro-molding — resin selection. This study shows how, in terms of micro-molding, picking resins based on data sheets can be misleading or confusing. It also provides a comprehensive analysis of different materials that can be used for the process.

  3. Effect of Grain Size on Microstructure, Properties, and Surface Roughness of Reaction Bonded SiC Ceramics

    SiC based ceramics feature high specific stiffness, high thermal conductivity, and low CTE. Reaction bonded SiC ceramics feature the same characteristics, but also benefit from their large size and complex shape capability. The grain size of the SiC phase can largely affect the microstructure, properties, and surface roughness in reaction bonded SiC ceramics.

  4. Improved Modeling of Grid Structures on Optics

    This white paper demonstrates the capability to model optical transmission, EMI attenuation, and diffraction effects of sub-mm grid structures on optics used in aerospace applications.

  5. Short Wave Infrared Enhances Machine Vision

    SWIR (short wave infrared) imaging is especially useful for measuring, monitoring, and controlling the reliability and quality control aspects of manufacturing and industrial processes.

  6. HD Video — A Travel Log

    Through the convergence of technologies, compact video camera design, improved optics, and video storage and transmission, high definition delivers incredibly diverse images from the depths of the sea to the edge of space and everywhere in between. During the past several years, the adoption of HD video formats for capture, display, and distribution has yielded imaging that offers superior clarity, resolution, and color details as never before. By Paul Dempster, Toshiba Imaging Systems Division

  7. Laser Pulse Train Amplification With PowerPULSE™ Modules
    Many laser applications require very high peak powers at high repetition rates. The pulses are typically generated from mode-locked laser oscillators, fiber laser oscillators, or modulated CW fiber lasers. By G. Jay Doster, Ph.D. and Ryan Feeler, Ph.D., Northrop Grumman Cutting Edge Optronics
  8. Drogue Tracking Using 3D Flash LIDAR For Autonomous Aerial Refueling
    Autonomous aerial refueling (AAR) is an important capability for an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to increase its flying range and endurance without increasing its size. By Chao-I Chen and Roger Stettner, Advanced Scientific Concepts, Inc.
  9. Case Study: Specialized Thin Film Optical Mirrors Enable VIRUS Spectrograph System In Dark Energy Experiment

    PG&O designed and delivered specialized optical mirrors to Texas A&M University and the University of Texas at Austin for use in building the first-of-its-kind VIRUS (Visible Integral-field Replicable Unit Spectrograph) instrument, a key part of the Hobby-Eberly Telescope Dark Energy Experiment, or HETDEX. The $36M international research project will study the force that causes the expansion of the universe to speed up, rather than slow down

  10. White Paper: Application Of Infrared Imagery For Understanding Wildfire Dynamics
    A thorough understanding of wildfire dynamics requires a clear three-dimensional picture of the winds in and near the fire, including the flaming combustion zone and the convective updrafts produced by the fire. Janice Coen, John Daily, and Shankar Mahalingam