The problem of localized corrosion is about to get a harder punch now that engineers at the Southwest Research Institute have developed the Multielectrode Array Sensor System (MASS). MASS uses miniature electrodes to detect where localized corrosion is occurring in everyday structures such as bridges and airplanes. With earlier detection, problems caused by localized corrosion—one of the most common ways for engineering components to fail—can be fixed easily and promptly. For info visit http://rbi.ims.ca/3851-547.
More and more robots are becoming more autonomous all the time. Now Lockheed Martin has completed a demo mission with two completely autonomous robotic vehicles performing resupply, reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition.
Producing high-quality end-production metal parts with additive manufacturing for applications like aerospace and medical requires very tightly controlled processes and materials. New standards and guidelines for machines and processes, materials, and printed parts are underway from bodies such as ASTM International.
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