Detecting Tunnel Excavation Sites Using Rayleigh Scatter Sensing

Jordan Stringfellow Mechanical Engineer llegal underground cross-border tunnels have been a challenging problem over the last few decades, especially in areas such as the Gaza strip and US-Mexico border. Increased smuggling of drugs, weapons, and people, has made it more important than ever to find an advanced solution to detect and locate these tunnels. Tunnels can range in sophistication, diameter, and depth, depending on their…Read More

Synthetic Bandages for Ocular Injury Treatment

Christopher Tison, PhD, Research Scientist Lauren Costella, Associate Scientist Biomedical Technologies Group Ocular Injuries are Widespread and Inefficiently Treated The likelihood of restoring vision to the 1.5 to 2.0 million patients sustaining ocular trauma each year is directly related to immediate management of the injury. Having access to the appropriate ocular repair dressing, cleansing solutions and antibiotics is therefore critical for restoring function and minimizing…Read More

Detecting Cracks In Steel Bridges Using Fiber Sensors

Jordan Stringfellow Mechanical Engineer Lightwave Division According to the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) in its 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure, one in four bridges in the Unites States are “either structurally deficient or functionally obsolete”. It is approximated that $3.6 trillion is needed to improve the United States’ current infrastructure grade of D+ to an average grade of B. Infrastructure management teams…Read More

Come see us at OFC!

  Stop by and see us at OFC 2015 As we’ve done in the past, we will be demonstrating our optical technologies, including our Component Analyzers, Reflectometers, and Tunable Lasers. Have you seen our Fiber Optic Testing instruments yet? If not, you’ll be impressed! What you’ll see is that our technology offers substantial cost and time savings in development, production and maintenance; while providing the…Read More

Cracking, Corrosion, and Carbon Nanotubes – Come See How We’re Working with Each! (Part 2)

Jeff Demo Electrical Systems Team Lead Intelligent Systems Group In our last post, we let you know about the early March conference activities we had on our calendar.  Coming up in mid-march, we have the NACE International Corrosion 2015 Conference & Expo with three additional paper presentations.  Conrad Andrews, Mara Schindelholz, and Robert Jeffers will each have a presentation at the NACE Corrosion Conference about…Read More

Cracking, Corrosion, and Carbon Nanotubes – Come See How We’re Working with Each! (Part 1)

Jeff Demo Electrical Systems Team Lead Intelligent Systems Group There’s a lot of activity right now in Luna’s Technology Development Division, and we’re trying to get the word out.  What better way to learn about all of our cutting edge technology than to come hear our experts speak about their work at one of the many conferences we present at each year.  The first event…Read More

Fiber Sensing Helps Validate Viability of the PRSEUS Concept in General Aviation

Josiah Fee Mechanical Engineer Lightwave Division Composites are a vital part of today’s and tomorrow’s aircraft innovation. With their high strength-to-weight ratio compared with metals, composites have opened up the possibilities for a number of novel aircraft structural designs. One such design is the Pultruded Rod Stitched Efficient Unitized Structure (PRSEUS) concept. This involves using a stitched skin and stringer-and-frame carbon fiber preform design for…Read More

Luna’s TrueClot® enables more realistic training

Michael J. Danilich, PhD Director, Biomedical Technologies Law enforcement officers are often the first to arrive on the scene of a shooting or motor vehicle accident and must be prepared to treat hemorrhage to save lives. For this reason, many municipalities across the United States stock hemostatic bandages, such as QuickClot® or Celox™ Rapid, to pack wounds and treat (or self-treat) hemorrhage. Hemostatic bandages contain…Read More

ODiSI-B Software Update

  Great news for new and existing ODiSI-B users! Toward the end of 2014, Luna released a major software update for the revolutionary ODiSI-B strain and temperature measurement platform. The ODiSI (Optical Distributed Sensor Interrogator) uses low cost optical fiber to provide high speed, fully distributed strain and temperature measurements. It saves time and costs while adding a new dimension to sensing measurements with its…Read More

Aircraft Corrosion Sensing and In-Service Environmental Monitoring

Jeff Demo Electrical Systems Team Lead Intelligent Systems Group Exposure to harsh, corrosive environments during operational and on-ground activities can have significant contributions to aging and structural deterioration of aircraft.  Reduction in aircraft system reliability presents a major cost driver in the total lifecycle costs as well as a threat to the safety.  Environmental parameters, including temperature and relative humidity, as well as outside contamination…Read More