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Dynamic Windows
BackgroundDynamic windows or smart glass, are electronically tintable windows with many practical uses. From applications in energy conservation to uses automobiles, buildings, and sunglasses, dynamic windows are a very promising technology. Previous studies have demonstrated that the incorporation of robust dynamic windows into buildings leads to a...
Published: 12/10/2019   |   Inventor(s): Christopher Barile
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Category(s): Software, Construction & Built Environment
Software for Plastic Deformation and Fatigue Analyses of Materials
Background Plastic deformation is permanent deformation in a metal due to a sufficient load of stress, where fatigue is the weakening of a metal due to repeated loading. Mechanical components in machines are subjected to repeated forces over a desirable life time and fatigue failure is a major design concern. Methods to predict life and strength of...
Published: 8/16/2018   |   Inventor(s): Yanyao Jiang
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Category(s): Construction & Built Environment, Engineering & Manufacturing, Software
Method and Loading Module to Mechanically Increase Pile/Drilled Shaft End Bearing Stiffness
Background Drilled shafts are deep foundation elements constructed in soil to resist compressive, uplift and lateral loads. This process involves drilling a hole to a design depth, and filling the hole with reinforcing steel and concrete. Tip resistance is not usually accounted for when estimating the overall capacity of drilled shafts and bored piles...
Published: 8/2/2018   |   Inventor(s): Sherif Elfass, Gary Norris
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Category(s): Construction & Built Environment, Engineering & Manufacturing, Environment & Sustainability
Deep Foundation Porewater Pressure Dissipater
BackgroundPorewater pressure, or the pressure of groundwater held within soil, rock, or gaps between particles, is an important factor in determining the stress state of soil. If the porewater pressure is increased to equal the applied soil effective stress, the soil may lose its strength and stiffness, and act more like a liquid, in a process called...
Published: 8/2/2018   |   Inventor(s): Sherif Elfass, Gary Norris
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Category(s): Construction & Built Environment, Engineering & Manufacturing, Environment & Sustainability
Nanostructure Boride Materials Manufacturing
Background Boride compounds have proven to be essential for myriad applications such as reinforcing phases in metal–matrix composites and armor materials. Using a process of Combustion Synthesis, Boron can also be combined with metal to create Lanthanum hexaboride. DescriptionDr. Graeve's technology details the manufacture of lanthanum hexaboride...
Published: 7/5/2018   |   Inventor(s): Olivia Graeve, Raghunath Kanakala, Gabriel RojaS-George
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Category(s): Construction & Built Environment, Engineering & Manufacturing, Environment & Sustainability
Steel Climbing Robot for Steel Bridge Inspection
Background One of the most important causes of deterioration of steel bridges is corrosion, which causes section loss or cracks in the steel. For some critical components of a steel bridge, it could cause the collapse of the whole bridge. To prevent this, the most common approach to steel bridge inspection is visual inspection by inspectors with inspection...
Published: 6/29/2018   |   Inventor(s): Hung (jim) La
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Category(s): Construction & Built Environment, Robotics
Deconstructible Column Structures
BackgroundConventional reinforced concrete buildings and bridges are not resilient. That is they suffer severe damage during moderate and strong earthquakes and have to undergo extensive repair or be replaced. Another common practice is that when reinforced concrete structures can no longer serve the necessary function, the entire structure is often...
Published: 6/25/2018   |   Inventor(s): Mehdi (saiid) Saiidi, George Ghusn
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Category(s): Construction & Built Environment
A method of controlling their self-assembly and three families of lyotropic chromonic liquid crystals with broad application
The most familiar liquid crystals (LC) are found in the electronic display of mobile devices and computers. LC’s are both a material and a state of matter. This opportunity is protected by 4 issued patents. 3 patents protect 3 families of lyotropic chromonic liquid crystals (LCLC) which have their own individual characteristics and applications....
Published: 7/18/2014   |   Inventor(s): Travis Carson, Sean Casey, Isaac Iverson, Wonewoo Seo, SuK-Wah TaM-Chang
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Category(s): Chemical, Construction & Built Environment, Electronics, Sensors & Photonics, Energy & Renewables, Engineering & Manufacturing, Environment & Sustainability, Food & Drink, Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals, Life Sciences, Materials, Renewable Energy, Aerospace, Aviation & Transport
Hybrid human/robot coordinated joint motion control architecture for application in unstructured environments involving iterative or repetitive tasks
Robotics used in the manufacturing industry cannot be aptly applied in machinery operations that require complex operations and variable tasks or a changing environment that is unstructured and requires on-going adjustment. University of Nevada, Reno's Coordinated Joint Motion Control (JMC) architecture allows for artificial intelligence enhanced...
Published: 4/23/2012   |   Inventor(s): George Danko
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Category(s): Construction & Built Environment, Electronics, Sensors & Photonics, Engineering & Manufacturing, Information & Communication Technologies