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Alert system for failing nuclear plant pipes uses thin films and sound vibrations

Oct. 24, 2019—A failing pipe can be tough to spot. It may cause a puddle, produce another sign of damage, or simply burst before detection. A flooded kitchen or laundry room is messy and inconvenient, but the stakes are much, much higher in nuclear power plants – which on average contain many miles of pipeline. As concern...

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Engineering students, organizations, labs contribute to Maker Faire’s success

Oct. 5, 2017—The Nashville Mini Maker Faire, held for the first time at The Wond’ry, attracted more than 4,000 visitors and 93 exhibitors – a jump in attendance of more than 50 percent and double the maker participation over 2016. At least 25 percent of the exhibits had Vanderbilt ties and many of them involved students, organizations...

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Vanderbilt University lab to host Build2Last workshop for composites industries

Feb. 13, 2017—Vanderbilt University’s Laboratory for Systems Integrity and Reliability (LASIR) will host a two-day Build2Last workshop presented by Composites One and the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) Feb. 23-24 in Nashville, Tennessee. Vanderbilt is an IACMI university partner. The industry event – Build2Last: Composites Durability Workshop – is designed for production workers to engineers...

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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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Glencliff High sweeps ASCE bridge competition in 7 out of last 8 years

Mar. 1, 2016—There’s not a lot of drama reflected in little plaques adorning the grand-prize trophy for Nashville’s largest high school-level bridge competition. They show the award has lived at Glencliff High School for five years, then took a brief trip to Montgomery Bell Academy. But when the newest ones are added, they’ll chart the trophy’s journey...

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Adams earns Lazan Award for pioneering structural health monitoring technology

Feb. 24, 2016—Douglas Adams, Daniel F. Flowers Professor and Distinguished Professor and chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is the recipient of the 2016 B. J. Lazan Award from the Society for Experimental Mechanics. Adams will accept the award in June at SEM’s International Congress in Orlando, Florida. Adams is being recognized for pioneering...

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Glencliff High sweeps Saturday’s ASCE Nashville Bridge Building Contest

Mar. 2, 2015—No sound pierces like the first creak from a model bridge struggling under the weight of concrete — a silent crowd waiting to see how much it holds before breaking into pieces. But that’s all part of the fun at the annual American Society of Civil Engineers Nashville Bridge Building Competition, which was held Saturday...

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Simulations predict health of composite materials from ‘birth to death’

Mar. 2, 2015—R. Byron Pipes to deliver Hall Engineering Lecture March 30 A globally recognized polymer sciences researcher will deliver the John R. and Donna S. Hall Engineering Lecture March 30. R. Byron Pipes, John Leighton Bray Distinguished Professor of Engineering at Purdue University, will deliver a lecture titled “Simulation in Composites Manufacturing” that explores the integration...

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