Theme: Transportation

, Feb 05, 2013 Comments Off

Vapor Wake Dogs Stay On Target

If you travel by air or work in a government building, you’re no stranger to long lines leading to security scanners. Annoying perhaps, but they’re safety precautions put in place to protect us. Those who wish us harm are also no strangers to this technology. They constantly look for ways to defeat it. Enter Auburn [...]

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, Sep 29, 2010 Add a comment

Training the Super Dog

Detection dogs coming out of Auburn’s rigorous training program can locate explosives in a moving crowd –just by scenting the vapor wake an explosive leaves behind- or find IEDs in a dense urban environment. Some can find infected trees in an otherwise healthy forest, or track down evasive pythons in the Everglades. They’re at work everywhere from Washington DC to Afghanistan.

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, Sep 28, 2010 Comments Off

Using a Laser to Illuminate the Invisible

Auburn engineer Brian Thurow and his team use wind tunnels in their work to create airflows, but while traditional wind tunnel testing focuses on measuring the forces and mapping the flows, Thurow’s method helps pinpoint the causes behind them.

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Sep 27, 2010 Add a comment

Reducing Bird Strikes at the Airport

“Hit birds. We’ve lost thrust on both engines.” That was the radio transmission from US Airways Flight 1549 on January 15, 2009. The Airbus A320 hit a flock of birds a mere two minutes after takeoff. Unfortunately, that’s not an unusual occurrence.

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, Jun 30, 2010 Comments Off

The New “Green” Asphalt

Asphalt may look sticky and black, but Randy West and his team at the National Center for Asphalt Technology are working to make it green.

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