Institute of Research for Technology Development
University of Kentucky
College of Engineering
220 Ralph G. Anderson Building
Lexington, KY 40506-0503
Phone: (859) 257-6336, ext. 80690
Fax: (859) 257-2721
Research Areas: Applied Thermal Sciences, Non-Destructive Evaluation (NDE)
Novel Methods to Quantify Bacterial Activity:
Novel technique to detect the thermal response of bacterial activities in real time, the technique will reduce the quantification period from 24 hrs to 3 min. This technique is targeted for clinical research and pharmaceutical studies for Antimicrobial resistance.
Defects are a byproduct to industrial processes; due to the competitive markets, high quality products are required. Non Destructive Techniques (NDT) are used to assure quality without destroying the sample understudy. Thermal imaging is a widely used technique. the research relates the thermal signature of the defect to the change in the material properties in the sample. the aim of the research is to relate the change in material changes to the signature of the defect.
Of the country’s nearly 600,000 bridges, 26% were found structurally deficient or “functionally obsolete” in a 2006 U.S. Department of Transportation report. The cost to repair these bridges is estimated to be $65 billion. Deficiencies due to the surface condition, defects, and improper coating application in steel bridges are considered to contribute to premature failure. A new method to measure the surface condition and detect defects in coated bridges with Infrared thermography, a non-contact method, Quantify the physical and thermal properties of the surface.