Ten Present at 31st Annual ASNT Research Symposium

September 8, 2023
ASNT Research Symposium

Baylor University’s School of Engineering and Computer Science was well represented at the 31st American Society for Nondestructive Testing Research Symposium, the nation’s premier non-destructive evaluation conference, June 26-30 in Columbus, Ohio. Ten members from the SIC’EM lab (Scientific Innovations in Complex Engineering Materials), offered technical presentations and posters that were well received. The Baylor group included Dr. Trevor Fleck, assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering, Ian Gravagne, PhD, associate professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, David Jack, PhD, professor of Mechanical Engineering, and student researchers Rifat Nargis, Savannah Rose, Rachel Van Lear, Matthew Newton, Khaled Matalgah, Seamus Lowe, and Jack Wilkins.

The SICEM research group specializes in current and next generation material systems that span from sub-micron to full-scale aircraft. SIC’EM has expertise in characterization of complex composite systems coupled with predictive modeling from processing to final part performance. The SICEM group is considered a leader in the numerical modeling of fiber reinforced polymer systems from processing to final product performance for systems from composite railroad ties, aerospace primary structure, automotive components, to sporting goods. The SIC’EM group is also a leader in the creation of novel non-destructive testing methods, including ultrasonic, eddy current, and radiography, for composite and metallic systems providing high-resolution imaging of the internal microstructure. SIC’EM researchers have developed nine different FAA 8100-9 Statements Compliance with Airworthiness Standards. The NDE developed by the SICMteam of researchers has produced six patents with eighteen additional patents pending.

Currently SIC’EM has 12,000 sq. ft. of lab and office space with an additional 7,000 sq. ft. more coming online through the 2023 calendar year at the BRIC (Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative). The BRIC is a 330,000-square-foot facility optimized for both research and advanced prototyping has with shared space for research/industry collaborations, workforce training, symposia and community events. The SIC'EM group has dedicated space for materials synthesis, manufacturing, testing and characterization, NDE/NDI facilities, high-resolution imaging. SIC’EM hosts Baylor's MTAC (Materials Testing and Characterization) facility, an ISO 17025 accredited test laboratory.

Rachel Van Lear


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