Archives for September 14, 2015

Researcher uses microwave to ‘bake’ experiments

Professor Kristen Donnell, right, points to results of an active microwave thermography test that she and Ph.D. student Ali Foudazi run. Their work points out flaws within concrete or rehabilitated aluminum and could lead to increased safety for motorists and airline passengers.

Professor Kristen Donnell, right, points to results of an active microwave thermography test that she and electrical engineering Ph.D. student Ali Foudazi run. Their work points out flaws within concrete or rehabilitated aluminum and could lead to increased safety for motorists and airline passengers.

An electrical engineer at Missouri University of Science and Technology is using microwave energy to test concrete and rehabilitated aluminum, and in the future her work could lead to safer bridges and aircraft parts.

Dr. Kristen Donnell, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at Missouri S&T, studies those materials using an active microwave thermograph (AMT) that highlights flaws that could compromise safety or effectiveness. It works by using microwave energy to heat a defined section of material, which is looked at using infrared thermography imaging. It’s a method of nondestructive testing (NDT) that is fairly undeveloped, Donnell said, but it’s being pioneered at Missouri S&T. [Read more…]

Art exhibit to be displayed in Leach Theatre

Lofton Islands. One of the photos on display by Dr. Yue-Wern Huang.

Lofton Islands. One of the photos on display by Dr. Yue-Wern Huang.

An exhibition of nature-based photographs and paintings by two area artists is coming to the Leach Theatre lobby on the Missouri University of Science and Technology campus.

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Missouri S&T to celebrate Constitution Day

Constitution of the United States of AmericaThe history and political science department at Missouri University of Science and Technology is sponsoring a Constitution Day celebration at noon Thursday, Sept. 17, in Room 120 Butler-Carlton Civil Engineering Hall on the Missouri S&T campus.

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New way to store solar energy could lead to more common solar cell usage

A working cell from Switzer's research, with gas evolution. Photo by Sam O'Keefe, Missouri S&T.

A working cell from Switzer’s research, with gas evolution. Photo by Sam O’Keefe, Missouri S&T.

Researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology have developed a relatively inexpensive and simple way to split water into hydrogen and oxygen through a new electrodeposition method. The method produces highly efficient solar cells that can gather solar energy for use as fuel.

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