SURVICE Partners With University of Delaware Students on Custom Metrology Tools to Support the Warfighter

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010 - 10:15am

BELCAMP, MD – The SURVICE Metrology Center has partnered with senior mechanical engineering students from the University of Delaware (UD) to design and fabricate a unique measurement tool for 3D modeling of line and tubing runs in military vehicles. The development effort is part of SURVICE’s ongoing efforts to perform high-resolution scanning and modeling of variants of the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) armored combat vehicle for the U.S. Army. The models that SURVICE is generating are being used to drive vehicle designs for optimized crew and system survivability.

The new tool will measure the centerline location and diameter of tubing runs, such as those used for intake, exhaust, and cable routing. Once finished, the tool will help metrologists and modelers to more quickly and accurately characterize tubing runs in 3D geometric representations of vehicles.

The effort is not only enhancing SURVICE’s extensive metrology capabilities and support to the MRAP and related projects, but it is also providing UD students with real-world experience in engineering design and development. This year’s student design team, which is led by faculty advisor Dr. Robert Hartman, includes Edward Bonnevie, Ross Buckwalter, Oren Nusblat, and Adriana Vega. The project mentor is Rob Baltrusch, a 2009 UD engineering graduate and former senior design participant, who now leads several metrology projects for SURVICE.

Additional efforts in which SURVICE has partnered with UD students and/or the University’s Center for Composite Materials (UD-CCM) include the development of a payload module for Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUVs) to chart littoral or near shore areas; the development of a vector bar for the Interactive Collection and Reporting System (I-CARS™), which locates and diagnoses defects and battle damage in composite aircraft panels; the development of the Apollo™ computational fluid dynamics code, which models the effects of fire in composite ship structures; and the development of a full-field strain measurement system to perform real-time monitoring of strain over large aircraft structures.