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‘Laboratory for Systems Integrity and Reliability’

Mood ring materials: a new way to detect damage in failing infrastructure

Nov. 22, 2016—“Mood ring materials” could play an important role in minimizing and mitigating damage to the nation’s failing infrastructure. The American Society of Civil Engineers has estimated that more than $3.6 trillion in investment is needed by 2020 to rehabilitate and modernize the nation’s failing infrastructure. President-elect Donald Trump has promised to establish a $1 trillion...

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Congressional staff visits include Vanderbilt engineering labs

Sep. 9, 2016—Professor of Mechanical Engineering Nilanjan Sarkar (center), accompanied by Ph.D. students Dayi Bian (second from right) and Jian Fan (far right), shows Kayla McMurry (far left) and Mackensie Burt (second from left) from Sen. Lamar Alexander’s staff the simulator that he developed with researchers at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center to help teenagers with autism learn...

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LASIR is key part of new manufacturing hub announced by Obama

Jan. 9, 2015—Vanderbilt research will help shape the future of American manufacturing A cutting-edge Vanderbilt lab that studies how materials, structures and machines operate under real-world conditions will play a key part in the new multistate, $259 million Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) to be announced today by President Obama. An application to the Department...

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Super-sized lab has energized grand opening

Aug. 18, 2014—LASIR wind tunnel. (Joe Howell / Vanderbilt) More than 150 people showed up Aug. 14 for the grand opening of the School of Engineering’s new Laboratory for Systems Integrity and Reliability (LASIR). The visitors to the spacious, 20,000-square-foot facility were dwarfed by the airframe of the military heavy-lift helicopter, the Humvee sitting on a four-foot...

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Military helicopter creates spectacle at massive new engineering lab

Mar. 31, 2014—Move-in day was a spectacle that attracted local media and others to the School of Engineering’s new Laboratory for Systems Integrity and Reliability in Metro Center, located along the Cumberland River near downtown Nashville. The 20,000 square-foot high-bay facility – measuring 27 feet from floor to ceiling – now houses a CH-53A Super Stallion heavy-lift...

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