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Amine-Containing Facilitated Transport Membranes For Carbon Dioxide/Nitrogen Separation
TS-041856 — Novel membrane technology utilizing active transport for carbon dioxide/nitrogen separation. The membrane exhibits high permeance and selectivity
Improved separation of by-product carbon dioxide from nitrogen in power plants and industrial exhaust systems would considerably decrease greenhouse gas emissions. The current method of separation that is most often used in industry is amine absorption, however this method is costly, has a large c…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Ho, W.S. Winston; Han, Yang
  • Licensing Officer: Gooray, Arthur "Art"

Hollow Valve for an Engine
TS-040523 — A coolant-free valve with a hollow vacuum cavity which reduces heat conduction and improves the efficiency of engines
Valves are essential components of engines that regulate intake of fuel and air and removal of combustion products. Solid valves conduct a significant amount of heat, which reduces the efficiency of the combustion process. Previous hollow valve designs fill the inner chamber with low-melting metal…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Zhao, Ji-Cheng
  • Licensing Officer: Gooray, Arthur "Art"

Mixed cationic / zwitterionic surfactant solution for drag reduction
TS-038711 — A mixed surfactant solution consisting of a sulfobetaine zwitterionic surfactant and quaternary ammonium cationic surfactant with sodium salicylate as an added counterion ("ZwitCat solution") which demonstrates switchable and improved drag-reduction ability at a wide range of compositions, flow rates, and temperatures
Large-scale recirculating heating and cooling systems, such as those for regional, district, and single-building applications, require a working fluid to be pumped across large distances from the heat source to the consumer. While large-scale systems like district heating are more energy efficient…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Maxson, Andrew; Watson, Lucas; Zakin, Jacques
  • Licensing Officer: Gooray, Arthur "Art"

Method for Reducing Aerodynamic Drag on Tractor-Trailers
TS-038398 — A bio-inspired sidewall design to increase fuel efficiency and lower greenhouse gas emissions.
Tractor-trailers are essential to the United States (U.S.) economy. The annual value of freight transported in the U.S. in 2013 was $18 trillion. Of the $18 trillion1, $11 trillion (64%) was transported by the trucking industry. Tractor-trailers consumed 109 billion liters (29 billion gallons) of …
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Prakash, Shaurya; Rangharajan, Kaushik Krishna "Kaushik"; West, Joseph; Zezinka, Zachary
  • Licensing Officer: Gooray, Arthur "Art"

Permeable Concrete Vessel for Creating Floating Aquatic Habitats
TS-038397 — A durable solution to freshwater ecosystem restoration made from naturally occurring materials.
Many freshwater bodies of the world suffer from the disastrous, interrelated combination of nearby wetland habitat loss, nitrogen loading, and toxic algal blooms. This problem is seen throughout the United States in nutrient heavy storm water ponds, drinking water reservoirs, and the Great Lakes. …
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Boswell, Jacob "Jake"; Koelsch, Martin "Marty"
  • Licensing Officer: Gooray, Arthur "Art"

"TagTone: Scalable RFID Communication through Multi-Frequency Analysis"
TS-038021 — A novel solution for RFID communication.
RFID tags are utilized to track and monitor objects in shopping malls, warehouses, and inventories. These applications require large-scale dense deployments of RFID tags. In such scenarios, message collisions are unavoidable. Decoding these colliding messages from the tags is challenging due to ha…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Das, Tanmoy; Sinha, Prasun; Tummala, Gopi krishna
  • Licensing Officer: Gooray, Arthur "Art"

Megatronic Simulator of the Human Arm
TS-037507 — A novel mechanism to test and simulate the loading dynamics of a tool-task-operator interface.
According to most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) account for 33% of all work-related injuries and illnesses. Occupational tool ergonomics have long been studied to assess risk factors that MSD work-related injuries in the manufacturing sector. Too…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Sommerich, Carolyn; Luscher, Anthony
  • Licensing Officer: Gooray, Arthur "Art"

2 Stage Hybrid Membrane Process for CO2 Capture from Flue Gas in Power Plants
TS-037391 — A 2-stage enriching cascade membrane process for capturing CO2 from flue gas in a power plant without air sweep
Post-combustion carbon capture (PCC) provides an option to mitigate CO2 emissions from large stationary sources, followed by compression, transport, and geological sequestration; the captured CO2 may be used for enhanced oil recovery. Because of the system compactness and energy efficiency, CO2-se…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Ho, W.S. Winston; Han, Yang
  • Licensing Officer: Gooray, Arthur "Art"

Agile Die and Mold Making Technology
TS-037369 — A technology to reduce the lead time of die and mold manufacturing.
Dies and molds are used in the manufacturing industry for producing high quantity pats from metals, plastics, and composites. These dies and molds are expensive to manufacture and have long lead times. In the automotive industry, a die set for something like a front fender can cost several million…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Ames, Nathan
  • Licensing Officer: Gooray, Arthur "Art"

A Control Architecture for Active Combustion Control in Conventional Diesel Engines
TS-037361 — A novel method to schedule diesel fueling parameters based on cylinder conditions.
For a diesel engine to produce a combustion process which results in a desired trade-off between emissions and fuel economy, the fuel injection parameters must account for the state of the air path system. This is typically accomplished by simultaneously determining the desired air path set point …
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Midlam-Mohler, Shawn; Meyer, Jason; Sujan, Vivek; Yurkovich, Steve
  • Licensing Officer: Gooray, Arthur "Art"

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