Luna (Roanoke, Va.) will feature its ODiSI system, which uses embedded optical fiber as a sensor to measure composite structure health. Luna will demonstrate its ODiSI platform and its distributed sensing capabilities. Reported advantages of the system include sub-centimeter spatial resolution, compatibility with common manufacturing processes, pre-failure damage detection capability, minimal high-cycle fatigue, low profile and immunity to EMI and RFI.
Editor PickComposites in the Martian suit
When humans do finally travel to Mars, they will have to be well protected from a less-than-hospitable environment. The suit designed to do the job is already in development at NASA, and it relies heavily on composites.