Discovery Canada show features Professor Doug Adams and intelligent materials

A screen grab of Professor Doug Adams from this week's "Daily Planet" show. (Courtesy of Discovery Canada)

The Discovery Canada show “Daily Planet” featured a segment this week on Professor Doug Adams, who took a camera crew on a tour of his intelligent materials research at Vanderbilt University’s Laboratory for Systems Integrity and Reliability.

Using a bat and a hammer, Adams — the Daniel F. Flowers Professor of Engineering and chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering — demonstrated how sensors embedded in materials report damage from impact. The technology could have significant applications in cars and airplanes, he said.

“You could have these different pathways for how the materials could communicate with us,” Adams says in the segment.

Watch the video by clicking here.


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