Latest Inventions

Aerospace

High G Energy Absorbing Seat Mechanism for Vertical Loading Conditions

The development of crashworthy seating is a continual area of interest for industry as manufactures look for more effective ways to limit occupant injury during emergency landing conditions. With this in mind, researchers at Wichita State University have developed a novel seat mechanism which provides for a cost effective means of minimizing occupant lumbar load due to high vertical load conditions.

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Nanocomposite Spheres for Self-healing

Composite wind turbine blades are subjected to cyclic loadings, which cause micro and nanoscale cracks and lead to fatigue and failure in a shorter service time. The concept of self-healing technology can be introduced into composite blade manufacturing to increase the lifetime of the blades without human involvement.

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Education

Comprehensive Electronic Data Reporting System (CEDRS)

The Comprehensive Electronic Data Reporting System (CEDRS) offers enhanced efficiency and productivity for Colleges of Education, significant decrease in staff time required in preparing reports for accreditation, simultaneous collection of data related to the individual teaching candidate, the program/s, and the entire teacher education unit (college) and much more.

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Teaching Encounters

Teaching Encounters is an instructional DVD for those new to teaching at the university level. It includes 10 scenarios than can be used as a dialogue-starter for how to handle situations unique to the university setting, especially those arising between student and instructor.

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Manufacturing

Method For Analysis of Machining

Industrial and manufacturing research at Wichita State University has produced a new method for analysis of machining. This new idea makes it possible to analyze the thermo-mechanical deformation, fracture and wear processes that occur in the machining of materials, so that the analysis can be used to minimize processing costs, while satisfying constraints on part quality, machine capability requirements, and process robustness. With the primary focus on being able to analyze and track any deformations occurring on the material that is subject to very high stress which would cause them to deform and/or fracture permanently.

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Assembly Line Design Application (ALDA)

The Assembly Line Design Application (ALDA) by Dr. S. Abdinnour, WSU professor for the W. Frank Barton School of Business, is web-based software that allows operation managers, directors, project managers and supervisors to design an efficient manufacturing assembly line.

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Temperature Measurements for Metals and Composite Materials Using Solar Spectrum

Solar spectrum heat recording test equipment uses industry standard solar lamp for the test process. Various methods and configurations measure and record the peak temperature on exposed materials.

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Medical

Splinting Device: High Performance, Fast-SETting Composite Article for Improved Stabilization

The Center of Innovation for Biomaterials and Orthopaedic Research (CIBOR) has developed a novel moldable rapid setting field splint that consists of a multilayer body comprising a variety of combinations of fiber-reinforced composite, encapsulating film, insulating barriers, and/or a resin distribution system in order to produce the desired results.

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Magnetic Nanocomposite Drug Delivery

Researchers at Wichita State University are developing a novel nano-composite drug delivery system to potentially treat inflammation, such as arthritis, and cancer through targeted delivery of slowly released therapeutic agents to the affected region.

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Novel Anthrax Antitoxin and Vaccine

Research at Wichita State University has developed a novel compound that is potentially useful as both an antitoxin and vaccine, providing epitopes for the production of antibodies against Bacillus anthracis, but preventing key steps in pathogenesis (pore formation and translocation of lethal factor INTO cells).

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Simple Method to Fabricate Flexible Microfluidic Interfaces

By using Poly(dimethylsiloxane), or PDMS, Wichita State University researchers developed a simple method to fabricate interfaces for connecting microfluidic modules: capillary to capillary, capillary to needle, multiple-way mixers, and flow gates. Our interfaces can be applied to capillary electrophoresis systems, microfluidic systems, and other capillary-connection involved systems.

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Biodegradable Metallic Implants

There exists a critical need to develop biodegradable metallic implants; specifically, stents and orthopedic fracture management devices. The developed proprietary magnesium (Mg) alloy coatings could serve as a lightweight, degradable, implant material that maintains its mechanical integrity while the tissue heals. The Mg would eventually be replaced by the natural tissue.

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Falling Less in Kansas Toolkit (Falling LinKS)

The Falling LinKS Toolkit is a spiral-bound 56-page color booklet, designed to address a major deficit in fall risk reduction programming: the lack of materials for older adults who live in rural areas with a shortage in healthcare professionals. The Toolkit is built upon the recommendations for fall risk reduction published by the National Council on Aging (NCOA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Vitreous Carbon Foam

Regenerative medicine, in which therapeutics, devices and repair cells are applied to help the body heal itself, is currently one of the fastest growing areas of medical practice. The clinical impact of these new initiatives, however,has been constrained owing to a lack of materials and suitable geometries that fulfill the mandates of safety,efficacy, ease of use and cost-effectiveness. The present application draws attention to particulate materials derived from controlled breakage of vitreous carbon foam constructs as a platform technology for multiple medical procedures performed to address diverse tissue deficits and/or pathologies.

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Flowable Vitreous Carbon Foam Bone Graft Substitute

Particulate materials derived from controlled breakage of vitreous carbon foam constructs have been developed as a platform technology for multiple medical procedures performed to address diverse tissue deficits and/or pathologies.

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Networking Technology

Separating Sequence Design for Multi-Relay Networks under Multipath Fading

In collaboration with Kirtland Air Force Base, Wichita State University researchers have developed a novel design for multi-relay networks. Multipath fading can degrade the performance of a wireless communication system when the data rate is higher than long-term evolution advanced systems. However, an effective method to combat multipath fading is a code division multiple access (CDMA) scheme. The objective of this invention is to propose a unique, simple and effective method of finding optimum non-binary pseudo noise (PN) spreading and de-spreading sequences.

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Technology

An Accessory to Expand the Field of View for Wearable Devices and its Applications

WSU researchers in the field of usability testing are conducting ongoing research using a WSU-developed accessory and application, uSee Glass, that allows users to remotely see through the camera of Google Glass. The uSee software is available for licensing FROM WSU. An expanded field of view for Google Glass will increase the effectiveness for use by researchers, healthcare workers and drivers with disabilities.

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Hexaferrite Slant and Slot Mimo Antenna Element for Mobile Devices

There is increasing demand for multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) communication technology for mobile devices due to the need for higher channel capacity. In a MIMO system, low mutual coupling and high isolation between antennas are important for obtaining antenna diversity and high radiation efficiency. Many designs exist to improve the isolation between neighboring antenna elements. However, in this work, we used slot removal in the ground plane presented to improve isolation and frequency matching, while slanted antenna elements provided pattern diversity. So combining these techniques might lead to further improvement in isolation and capacity.

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