Hampton Roads has a number of major research assets in the area of materials science, including NASA Langley (NASA's center of excellence for materials) and the Jefferson Laboratory with its continuous electron beam accelerator facility and the related free electron laser. The Hampton Roads Partnership, the Hampton Roads Research Partnership, the Hampton Roads Technology Council and the Hampton Roads Incubator have all been working together to link companies to the research in the federal laboratories and universities. These efforts support the work of the region.
William and Mary has accepted the lead responsibility in linking companies and researchers in the areas of sensors under the auspices of the Hampton Roads Research Partnership. The Technology and Business Center serves as a business accelerator for the region, particularly in support of the Hampton Roads Incubator and its new branch in James City County. The Technology and Business Center has the lead role in coordinating this project.
HRTC Sensor Science & Technology Forum
What: A Forum on "Tired Iron" - the Monitoring of Structural Health
Where: National Institute of Aerospace (NIA) - Hampton, Virginia
When: May 22, 2008
Time: 8:30am - 12:30pm
Bridges collapse. Wings come off of airplanes. Ships break in two. All examples of "Tired Iron."
Can such disasters be prevented? Is there available technology to enable the monitoring of existing equipment that could help prevent such disasters? And, what about new equipment - can new or existing technologies determine aircraft corrosion and structural fatigue? Ship stresses and possible structural failures? How does NASA approach these issues for space missions? And, what kind of sensors and sensor systems are needed for solutions to these vexing problems?
To find out, the May 22, 2008 Forum will fill in the gaps. We will have speakers from NASA, Northrop-Grumman, Luna Innovations, and The College of William and Mary who will discuss advances in these critical areas. And, we will get an update from the NIA about their current activities plus 5-minute presentations from some very interesting local companies.