Tire Tech 2019

TeraMetrix, Luna’s terahertz measurement division, will be attending the Tire Technology Expo this week in Hannover, Germany. On Tuesday, March 5th at 10:55am our partners at Bridgestone will be presenting how terahertz (THz) measurement and TeraMetrix technology is being used to capture online measurements of critical features such as total ply thickness and cord balance to gain a clear advantage in producing higher quality products…Read More

Live, In-Vehicle Strain Monitoring Provides HD Data on Performance of Lightweight Materials

The automotive industry is working towards more sustainable vehicles and lower carbon footprints. One of the ways to achieve this is by decreasing the weight of vehicle components by using composites and other lightweight materials. Compared to commonly used metals, these futuristic materials can be more difficult to model due to more complex failure mechanics and manufacturing processes. High-density strain data can help validate models,…Read More

Redefining how we access space: Luna coating on first ever Venture Class Launch Services mission

Adam Goff, Senior Research Scientist When developing new technologies for use in outer space missions, companies and researchers are challenged to evaluate performance of their innovations in a space environment. Often, the only method to understand the impact of outer space temperature extremes and radiation exposure is to actually send new innovations into orbit. NASA has traditionally addressed this need by inviting researchers to include…Read More

Measure Latency in Optical Networks with Picosecond Accuracy

In optical networks where action on a message or signal is time critical, latency becomes a critical design element. Latency in communications networks is comprised of the networking and processing of messages, as well as the transmission delay through the physical fiber. Measuring and optimizing this optical transmission delay can be critical in diagnosing latency issues in a data center or maintaining quality control in…Read More

The Leading Edge – Observing Crack Strain with the FAA

Luna engineers were invited to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) William J. Hughes Technical Center in Atlantic City to participate in testing an aircraft fuselage panel. Several issues related to the structural integrity of fuselage applications are being examined using the Full-Scale Aircraft Structural Test Evaluation and Research Lab (FASTER), including the fatigue and damage tolerance characteristics of current and emerging metallic and composite designs, performance…Read More

13 HYPERION Optical Sensing Interrogators Monitor Structural Health of the World’s Longest Sea-Crossing Bridge

The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge (HZMB) is designed to have a lifespan 120 years. The mega-structure, which opened October 24, is built to withstand a magnitude 8 earthquake, a super typhoon and strikes by super-sized cargo vessels.  However, the Pearl River Delta operational environment is one of the world’s most densely urbanized regions. Degradation and aging from the environment and operation, along with natural and man-made…Read More

Developing Advanced Sensor Instrumentation for Next Generation Nuclear Plants

New nuclear power generation is an important non-fossil fuel option to meet future global electricity demands. To ensure public safety and maintain energy security, the new reactors must be significantly safer and more efficient than previous designs. The Gen-IV design initiative is driving the development of the next generation nuclear plants with designs such as the Molten Salt Reactor, Sodium-cooled fast reactor, Lead-cooled fast reactor,…Read More

What is HD-FOS and How Does it Deliver New Testing Insight?

As the automotive industry continues to develop new lighter weight material systems and move to electrification, new design challenges are created that will require new advanced methods for test, measurement and validation. Fiber optic sensors can reduce time to first measurement and go where strain gages and temperature sensors cannot – in tight bends, on small details and even embedded inside composite materials. In addition,…Read More

Luna Labs at Defense TechConnect Fall Summit & Expo

This year at the annual the Defense TechConnect (DTC) Fall Summit, Luna will be exhibiting the capabilities of Luna Labs (the Technology Development Division of Luna Innovations). At our booth, DTC attendees have the opportunity to meet with Luna’s team and understand how Luna Labs can work with their organization to create technologies which save time, save money, and save lives. Luna can be found…Read More

Measuring Uniformity of Cure Temperatures Using High-Definition Fiber Optic Sensing

The use of composite materials is ever increasing due to their high strength to weight ratios, manipulative properties, multifunctional capabilities and corrosion resistance. To fabricate high-quality composite components with acceptable thermal properties, elevated temperature cure cycles are typically required. Maintaining uniform heat distribution throughout the curing composite can be critical to the performance of the resulting part. Thermocouples are typically used to both monitor and…Read More