Test & Measurement

Breaking the Temperature Barrier in Aerospace Materials Testing

University of Illinois researchers have demonstrated a new method for testing microscopic aeronautical materials at ultra-high temperatures. The test combines two commonly used tools in a unique way. Using a transmission electron microscope and targeted laser heating, they were able to see and control where and how the material deformed at the highest temperature possible before the sample evaporated.

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NASA Tests Radiation Vest for Deep Space Missions

As NASA leads the way for human exploration at the Moon and beyond, space radiation is one of the biggest hazards crews face. NASA is testing the AstroRad radiation protection vest on Artemis I, the first flight test of the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and Orion spacecraft.

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New Products: February 2020 Aerospace & Defense Technology

Flexible testing systems; mission-defense tech; high-speed comparators; and more.
Posted in: Products, Aeronautics, Aerospace, Aviation, Communications, Wireless, Defense, Board-Level Electronics, Computers, Electronic Components, Electronics, Electronics & Computers, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Materials, Machinery, RF & Microwave Electronics, Automation, Robotics, Computer-Aided Design (CAD), Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM), Software, Instrumentation, Measuring Instruments, Monitoring, Test & Measurement
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Adding Context to Full-Motion Video for Improved Surveillance and Situational Awareness

Full motion video (FMV) sensors are essential assets and provide real-time situational awareness with minimal latency.
Posted in: Articles, Aerospace, Data Acquisition, Defense, Cameras, Displays/Monitors/HMIs, Imaging, Video, Data Acquisition, Sensors, Monitoring
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Automatic Drone Detection System

Tektronix partnered with Erisys RF Solutions to release an automated drone detection solution.
Posted in: Application Briefs, Aeronautics, Aerospace, Aviation, Defense, Manufacturing & Prototyping, RF & Microwave Electronics, Automation, Data Acquisition, Detectors, Sensors, Monitoring
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High-Speed Real Time Recording Systems

In today’s world of high-speed A/D converters operating in the gigahertz range, real-time signal recording has become a challenging task that requires specialized hardware and intelligent application software. When designing a real-time recorder capable of streaming sustained data to disk at rates of up to 5 GB/sec and higher, the system developer has to consider the limitations presented by the recorder’s operating and file systems, the limitations of disk drive technology, the hardware interfaces, and the RAID controller technology.

Posted in: White Papers, White Papers, Data Acquisition, Research Lab, Test & Measurement
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Novel Instrument Enhances Ability to Measure Nuclear Materials

Researchers with the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) designed and built an instrument called NAUTILUS to provide new measurement capabilities to measure nuclear, cosmo/geo-chemical, and electronic materials.

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New Standards Developed to Improve Metal Detector Testing

Metal detectors now appear routinely in the entrances of many schools, airports and even houses of worship. They serve as portals to correctional facilities, prisons and courthouses, and guards often wave hand-held models around the bags of incoming ticketholders at sports arenas. The increased usage is making it more important than ever to know that these machines will always work as expected and can be counted on to help detect weapons and other threats. To help meet these demands, scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have researched and developed four metal detection testing standards. Three have been published by the ASTM International standards organization and a fourth is still in development.

Posted in: INSIDER, Defense, Metals, Inspection Equipment, Monitoring, Test & Measurement
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Streamlining Post-Processing in Additive Manufacturing

By focusing just on the AM build process, a fundamental part of the production process chain is often overlooked: post-processing.
Posted in: Articles, Aerospace, Thermal Management, 3 D Printing & Additive Manufacturing, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Materials, Plastics, Measuring Instruments, Test & Measurement, Testing Procedures
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Sensing Applied Load and Damage Effects in Composites with Nondestructive Techniques

Determine the effects of applied load on a composite structure.
Posted in: Briefs, Aerospace, Defense, Composites, Materials, Metals, Sensors, Inspection Equipment, Instrumentation, Measuring Instruments, Monitoring, Test & Measurement, Testing Procedures
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