Materials testing in space

3D Printer Test Station
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3D Printer Test Station

NASA Langley Research Center has developed a test station capable of in-situ testing of material deposition and layer adhesion in an extrusion additive manufacturing process. The technology addresses the problem of monitoring part quality during the 3D printing process. It includes methods that...
A Portable Impactor Device
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A Portable Impactor Device

NASA's Langley Research Center has developed a portable device to simulate low-velocity impacts on a material or structure. As composite materials are highly susceptible to damage caused by low-velocity impact, they must be designed and evaluated for structural integrity after these types of...
Air Coupled Acoustic Thermography
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Air Coupled Acoustic Thermography

NASA's Langley Research Center researchers have developed a novel noncontact method to identify internal damage inside structures. Air Coupled Acoustic Thermography (ACAT) was originally developed for damage identification in honeycomb sandwich structures but can also be applied to other...
Aircraft Landing Noise Reduction Liners
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Aircraft Landing Noise Reduction Liners

NASA Langley Research Center has developed two new implementations of acoustic liners for aircraft noise reduction whereby curved channels within tight spaces can be outfitted to provide noise reduction. The two implementations are flap side edge liners and landing gear door liners for airframe...
Amorphous Surface Robots
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Amorphous Surface Robots

NASA Langley Research Center has developed multiple ways for amorphous robots to autonomously move across a surface without needing conventional wheels or legs. Amorphous robots are useful in dusty and sandy environments in which greater mobility, passive shape changing, and immunity to dust and...

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