Materials Performance

JUN 2016

Materials Performance is the world's most widely circulated magazine dedicated to corrosion prevention and control. MP provides information about the latest corrosion control technologies and practical applications for every industry and environment.

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NACE NEWS 77 NACE INTERNATIONAL: VOL. 55, NO. 6 MATERIALS PERFORMANCE JUNE 2016 NACE International Launches First Corrosion Detection Competition for University Students U.S. Air Force Academy takes top honors with innovative corrosion inspection system prototype N ACE International and the U.S. Department of De- fense Corrosion Policy and Oversight Office hosted the inaugural University Student Design and Applied Solutions Competition, the first student competition focused on designing technology for corro- sion control. The two-day event hosted engineering students from the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA), the University of Akron, Alfred University, Texas A&M University, and the United States Military Academy at West Point. Each team brought unique technologi- cal solutions to the competition. In the end, the top performing teams included: ■ 1st Place United States Air Force Academy ■ 2nd Place United States Military Academy at West Point ■ 3rd Place Alfred University The competition was created to give students an opportunity to apply knowl- edge learned in the class- room to real-world problems by replicating conditions encountered by corrosion professionals. Teams showcased their technologies in oral presen- tations followed by a practical application of their devices. Designed to operate autonomously, each team's device navigated a small entrance of a 4x6 steel and aluminum structure. Once inside the structure, each device had to detect the presence of corrosion (within one square inch) and report the data back to the team. Students' autonomous corrosion detection systems were presented to judges Harvey Hack, past president of NACE International and senior advisory engineer at Northrop Grumman; Ron Latanision, emeritus professor at MIT; and Christopher Scurlock, senior consultant at LMI and executive secretary of the Techni- cal Corrosion Collaboration. The judges were impressed with the students' engi- neering skills, ingenuity, teamwork, and MP welcomes submissions to NACE News. Please send articles and photos to MP Managing Editor-in-Chief Gretchen Jacobson at e-mail: gretchen.jacobson@nace.org. Daniel J. Dunmire, director of the U.S. Department of Defense Corrosion Policy and Oversight Offce, with the winning USAFA team at the frst University Student Design and Applied Solutions Competition. Team members, left to right: Casey Keilbarth, Johannes Weinberg, Austin Ellwein, Jessica Horn Senior, Cecilia Tuma, and USAFA Team Advisor Sarah Galyon-Dorman. their ability to solve a complex problem under pressure. Solutions included the USAFA's first place "Mother Ship" robotic manipulation of an inspector bot consisting of two robotic platforms, using high-quality video and camera feed, along with other sub- systems to allow for the thorough location and documentation of corrosion damage. Other successful entries included a teth- ered robotic inspector and a quadcopter capable of flying into a structure to con- duct an inspection. "After seeing such innovative solutions in this first year of the competition, we are looking forward to what the years ahead will hold," says Bob Chalker, CEO of NACE International. "This competition has the potential to change the future of the corro- sion industry." For more information, visit usdasc. com.

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