Materials Performance

JUL 2018

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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Wednesday, April 18, 2018 Poster Session Displays Diverse Research Projects University Student Design Competition Showcases Innovative Corrosion Detection Systems The third annual University Student Design and Applied Solutions Competition (USDASC), held this year at CORROSION 2018, challenged university students to develop a system for corrosion detection in hard-to-access areas. The 2018 competi- tion featured teams from George Mason University, Louisiana State University, Penn State, Texas A&M University, The University of Akron, U.S. Airforce Academy, U.S. Military Academy, and U.S. Naval Academy. In advance of the CORROSION conference, each team built an autonomous system for corrosion inspection in difficult- to-access areas. The system was required to inspect, identify, and quantify any corrosion related defects found inside the fixed structure; autonomously move through the structure without human touch; and communicate any information discovered to a team operator. Additionally, the system had to succinctly report the During the Student Poster Session in the Exhibit Hall, more than 140 posters were displayed for NACE members and visitors. location of water ; the presence of surface corrosion; location, area, and depth of corrosion penetration; and the extent and type of coating degradation within 1 in 2 (645 mm 2 ). Teams also had to work within a fixed budget. The competition featured eight prototype robots to perform these tasks. At the end of the competition, U.S. Naval Academy came in first place, followed by Louisiana State University in second place, and U.S. Military Academy in third place. On Wednesday, USDASC teams demonstrated their robot's ability to negotiate obstacles and inspect for corrosion in a closed steel box. The 2018 USDASC first place team is from the U.S. Naval Academy. Shown (left to right) are Ethan List, professor of mechanical engineering and advisor; Sam Valley; Patrick Moore; Cameron Duffy; Zoe Sobeck; Brian Long; Mat Crispell; Rich Hays, advisor; and Pat Moran, professor and former department chair, mechanical engineering, and advisor. 73 MATERIALS PERFORMANCE: VOL. 57, NO. 7 JULY 2018 CORROSION 2018 RECAP

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