Rust Busters: Corrosion Monitoring Systems and Anti-Corrosion Coatings

Mara SheddSenior Materials Research EngineerIntelligent Systems Group  With an estimated cost of $22.9 billion annually, corrosion of defense structures continues to be one of the top maintenance cost drivers for the Department of Defense.  This month, the Intelligent Systems and Materials groups at Luna will present corrosion control and monitoring strategies for naval applications at the Mega Rust Conference, being held June 24-26, in Newport…Read More

Electrically conductive structural adhesives: Simplifying complex bonding problems

Adam GoffSenior Research ScientistMaterial Systems Groups An incumbent replacement Dealing with electrical threats in the aerospace community is an extremely difficult and challenging problem.  Electrostatic discharge (ESD) and electromagnetic interference (EMI) can catastrophically damage crucial aircraft electronics and jam radio and radar signals.  Similarly, ESD and EMI threats can render expensive and mission-critical satellites inoperable if not suitably dealt with.  Having continuous electrical conductivity across…Read More

Water not required: self-cleaning clothing

Jessica Green Senior Research ScientistAdvanced Materials Group Ever wish your laundry would magically clean itself?  That dream might become a reality sooner than you think.  At Luna we have been developing a self-cleaning technology for textiles over the past several years.  Our work began by trying to solve a problem posed by the Army to make a self-cleaning uniform for soldiers.  We approached the problem…Read More

Smart Sensors for Aircraft Corrosion Monitoring

Fritz Friedersdorf, Ph.D.Director Intelligent Systems Group This month, we are pleased to present our most current, in-service test results and development progress from our embedded, wireless health monitoring system, the Luna Sensor Suite (LS2). We are continuing to test and demonstrate units, developed under two Navy Phase II SBIR contracts (N68335-09-C-0107 and N68335-09-C-0099), with the goal of installing this platform on existing aircraft structures to…Read More

Welcome to Luna’s new blog

  Today we’re introducing our new blog. So why should you care? Although we’re starting simply, our ultimate objective is to develop a blog that is a compelling resource of information for you; presenting interesting applications, case studies, and industry insights that we hope will be of value to you. Our plan is to address the topics about which you want to hear; to provide…Read More