Self-Driving Vehicles: Evaluating Damage and Wear with Smart Parts

Fiber optic sensors have unique characteristics such as their low profile, flexibility and resistance to chemicals and corrosion that make them uniquely suited for long-term and embedded applications. This creates an opportunity for a design to incorporate “smart parts” that can easily communicate their health to an inspector. Instead of relying on visual confirmation or disassembly of the vehicle to check on hard-to-get-to structural elements,…Read More

Luna Launches New Analyzer for PICs and Silicon Photonics

Luna Innovations has launched the Luna 6415, the first product in our next generation of high-performance, high-resolution analyzers for photonic integrated circuits (PICs) and silicon photonics. Today’s extreme expansion in data communications bandwidth and capacity depends on rapid advancements in fiber optic technology. The demand for higher efficiency, bandwidth and operational speed combined with lower energy consumption continues to drive the growth of the photonic…Read More

Creating a Self-Measuring Smart Structure with a Fully Distributed Strain Rosette

With the integration of new materials into applications and structures, developing strain profiles to characterize material behavior, conduct structural health monitoring and enable in-situ non-destructive testing requires a different measurement solution. High-Definition Fiber Optic Sensors (HD-FOS) have been frequently utilized for highly spatially-resolved strain measurements on a wide variety of materials and complex part geometries. Luna has demonstrated that a single fiber can be configured…Read More

TeraMetrix Shares Terahertz Advantages with the Conversion Industry

In April the TeraMetrix team attended the ICE 2019 (International Converting Exhibition) in Louisville, Kentucky. The conference provided an opportunity for our team to share the advantages of terahertz technology and what it could provide for conversion applications. Conversion, as might be implied by the name, refers to the process of converting one product into another.  For example, coating adhesive on a piece of paper,…Read More

Using Terahertz Technology to Measure Total Thickness of Manufacturing Materials

Following a successful trip to Tire Tech Expo last month here’s a closer look at the ability of Terahertz measurement to perform an on-demand on-production material property check to ensure the THz measurement remains accurate. Especially through material batch changes, shift changes, production stops / restarts and new product starts. Terahertz radiation is part of the electromagnetic spectrum lying between microwaves and the far-IR. This…Read More

Protection Methods for Improved Durability of Fiber Optic Sensors

Accidental damage to ODiSI fiber optic strain sensors can occur in a variety of ways. As an example, in the instrumentation of large test articles, such as an aircraft wing, it is easy to overlook the low sensor profile. It then becomes possible for the sensor to be unintentionally stepped on or for tools to be dropped on it, resulting in a broken sensor. In other instances,…Read More

What if you Could Monitor your Additive Manufacturing Process In Situ?

A recent presentation at the Additive Manufacturing Users Group explored how Luna Innovations and Fabrisonic have been been collaborating on 3D printed “smart structures” to answer this question. A joint team is working with the Defense Logistics Agency to create a smart baseplate capable of measuring strain and temperature during a Powder Bed Fusion (PBF) build. Ultrasonic Additive Manufacturing (UAM), a solid state metal 3D printing technology that…Read More

Luna to Present Papers at the SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing Conference

Luna Innovations will take part in two paper presentations at the SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing Conference this week at the Baltimore Convention Center. “Distributed polarization state sensing with optical frequency domain reflectometry” will be presented 11:20-11:40 am Tuesday, April 16. Optical Frequency Domain Reflectometry (OFDR) is notable for its ability to characterize a fiber distributed reflection profile with high spatial resolution and high sensitivity…Read More

SAE Paper Sheds Light on Vehicle Structural Integrity

A team of Luna engineers demonstrated the ability of the ODiSI 6000 Series High Density Fiber Optic Sensing System to make critical design measurements to serve as inputs into computer-aided engineering (CAE) models in normal and off-road conditions. At the SAE World Congress this week in Detroit, Luna will be presenting a technical paper, “Shed Light on Vehicle Structural Integrity.” The presentation is scheduled for 10:30 a.m….Read More

Luna Labs at NACE CORROSION 2019 Conference

Come join us in Nashville, TN at the Nashville Music City Center March 24-28 to learn about Luna’s ongoing work in the war against corrosion.  Luna is presenting and exhibiting at the upcoming NACE CORROSION 2019 Conference. CORROSION 2019 is the world’s largest corrosion conference and exposition. Each year, this conference welcomes more than 6,000 corrosion engineers, scientists, researchers, technicians, asset owners, inspectors, and other professionals…Read More