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Composite Design, Fabrication, Prototyping, and Production

April 27, 2017 | Copper Canyon Cafe, 5455 Gibson Blvd SE

Fiber-reinforced composite materials are used in a number of engineering applications at Sandia National Laboratories in support of our national security mission. The Polymer Processing Laboratory has expertise and capability that supports composite design, fabrication, prototyping, and limited production for DoE and DoD Programs. This includes design, material selection, tooling production, fabrication (wet layup, pre-preg layup), curing, and final/finish machining. We also partner with polymer physicists, polymer material characterization specialists, and stress analysts to understand performance of composite structures in thermal, mechanical, and other relevant environments. This presentation will describe our equipment and capabilities, and will then focus on examples of recent applications. Sandia National Laboratories is a multi-program laboratory managed and operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation, for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration under contract DE-AC04-94AL85000.

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High Speed Infrared Temperature Measurements on Composite Laminates During Low-mass, Low-velocity Impacts

April 18, 2017 | Chama River Brewing Co, 4939 Pan American West Freeway NE

High speed infrared imaging is being implemented to assess the thermal profile and energy transfer from an impactor onto a solid woven carbon fiber re-enforced plastic. Solid laminate composite specimens were impacted with both blunt and sharp tools while either the front or back surface is monitored with a high frame rate infrared camera. The post impact damage was evaluated and characterized using digital radiography and computed tomography techniques. Matrix cracking and delaminated plies are the two primary failure mechanisms. This presentation explores the energy balance equations within the elastic-plastic regime and describes the challenges of collecting viable temperature measurements for composites under transient loading. Measured temperature increases reveal there is a correlation to relative loss of the composite's transverse stiffness that is directly related to the energy absorbed by the plies. Composite layup configuration and last ply orientation with its influence on failure will also be discussed.

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Fast Radio Bursts and Serendipitous Discovery in Astronomy by Dr. Paul Demorest

March 29, 2017 | New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, 801 Leroy Pl. Socorro NM, 87801 Fidel Center 3rd Floor Ballroom.

Astronomers have recently been fascinated by a newly discovered phenomenon known as Fast Radio Bursts, or FRBs. FRBs are brief but powerful bursts of radio waves, lasting only a few milliseconds, but detectable with large radio telescopes. Although first identified about a decade ago, catching these bursts in the act is rare, and only about 20 have been seen to date. The signal properties suggested an origin far outside our own galaxy, but otherwise not much was known about where they come from or what might cause them. Late last year, my collaborators and I used the Very Large Array in New Mexico to observe an FRB; for the first time, this let us unambiguously determine exactly which galaxy the signal came from. This has answered some questions about FRB origins, but raised many others! In this presentation, I will review the scientific and technical developments that led to this result, and discuss future directions in our efforts to solve this astrophysical puzzle. A common theme throughout is unexpected or serendipitous discovery enabled by new technology, and the ongoing exploration of the time domain as the new frontier in astronomy. Dr. Paul Demorest is an associate scientist at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory where his primary research focus is on observations of radio pulsars and the analysis and instrumentation required to conduct the observations. His development of specialized instrumentation has enabled the capability to observe pulsars with very high timing precision. With these methods of characterizing the interstellar medium and pulsar signals, a unique view of the structure of the ionized interstellar medium is revealed.

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Introduction to Shape Memory Alloys, Don Susan, ASM Fellow, Sandia National Laboratories

February 16, 2017 | Chama River Brewing Co, 4939 Pan American West Freeway NE

Introduction to Shape Memory Alloys Don Susan, ASM Fellow. Metallurgy and Materials Joining Department Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM Shape memory alloys (SMAs), such as NiTi Nitinol, exhibit both shape memory effect and superelasticity. These "smart materials" enable unique applications as sensors and actuators. The behavior of shape memory alloys will be introduced with the aim of simplifying the concepts involved. The talk will include a fun & easy demonstration, an overview of SMA concepts, and a summary of recent research at Sandia. In the Sandia research, alloying NiTi SMAs with Pt, Pd, or Hf provided access to higher transformation temperatures. Several alloys were processed via arc melting in a laboratory button melter followed by homogenization heat treatment. The alloys were characterized using differential scanning calorimetry, optical microscopy, and SEM. For select compositions, the thermomechanical properties were determined using tensile coupons. Ultimately, both the shape memory effect and superelasticity were demonstrated within the desired temperature range for these alloy systems. Speaker Bio: Don Susan is a Principal Member of Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories and a member of the 2016 class of ASM fellows. Don's research interests involve materials joining including welding, brazing, and soldering, as well as research on the metallurgy of precious metal alloys and soft magnetic alloys. WHAT: Inter-society event hosted by ASM Albuquerque, "Introduction to Shape Memory Alloys" by Dr. Don Susan, ASM Fellow. WHERE: Chama River Brewing Co, 4939 Pan American West Freeway NE, Albuquerque, NM. WHEN: Thursday February 16, 2017 – Social with cash bar 5:00 PM, Meal 5:30 PM, Talk 6:30 PM. COST: $30/person cash, collected at the door. Students with a valid ID are $15/person cash. RSVP to psarobo@sandia.gov by Tuesday, February 7 before 5pm.

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Nissan Automotive Proving Ground

January 27, 2017 | Chama River Brewing Co

Derek Logan, Cross Carline Project Manager, Nissan Technical Center North America, will present an overview of automotive proving grounds in the southwest with specifics on Nissan's only full-service proving ground in the Americas. Mr. Logan will cover the testing performed there with emphasis on the durability testing and proving ground operations – both groups he managed for several years each. In closing Derek will share an update of what the future holds for automotive testing – especially with respect to autonomous vehicles.

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AWS President John Bray on mentoring of welding professionals

January 26, 2017 | CNMCC Main Campus, Auditorium S

Please, join us for our Inter-Society Jan 26 Event (ASME, SAMPE, AWS, ASM) for a talk by The 2017 American Welding Society President, John Bray on mentoring of welding professionals. This meeting is hosted by AWS and sponsored by Mathieson. John Bray will serve as AWS President for the 2017 term. He is currently president of Affiliated Machinery, Inc. in Houston, TX. John is a 27-year AWS member, an AWS Distinguished Member, and an AWS Certified Welding Sales Representative. He also served six years as District 18 director and 12 years on the Houston Section Board. President Bray will make a presentation on mentoring of welding professionals. Please, RSVP by COB on Monday, January 23, 2017 to Mike Thomas (505) 239-6295 yahtayhey@aol.com or Pat Bauman (505) 250-6328 atomicpat@msn.com

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Measurements: Past, Present, and Future

December 21, 2016 | Chama River Brewing Co, 4939 Pan American West Freeway NE

Inter-Society (ASME, ASM, SAMPE, AWS, ASCE) Event Announcement –December 2016 Hosted by: ASME – New Mexico Section FEATURED SPEAKER: Hy D. Tran, Ph.D., PE, Senior Scientist/Engineer, Sandia National Laboratories PRESENTATION: Measurements: Past, Present, and Future

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Jon R. Pratt, NIST What’s the frequency of an apple? Quantum and classical mechanics collide in a new SI unit of mass

November 30, 2016 | Chama River Brewing Co.

Inter-Society (ASME, ASM, SAMPE, AWS, ASCE) Event Announcement –November 2016 Hosted by: ASME – New Mexico Section FEATURED SPEAKER: Jon R. Pratt, Ph.D. National Institute of Standards and Technology Quantum Measurement Division PRESENTATION: What's the frequency of an apple? Quantum and classical mechanics collide in a new SI unit of mass

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Mark F. Smith, Sandia National Laboratories, "Additive Manufacturing – A New World of Opportunities and Technical Challenges."

November 10, 2016 | Chama River Brewing Co.

Please join us for our Inter-Society Nov 10 Event (ASME, ASM, SAMPE, AWS, ASCE) for a talk by Dr. Mark F. Smith on "Additive Manufacturing – A New World of Opportunities and Technical Challenges." Location: Chama River Brewing Co. 4939 Pan American Fwy, Albuquerque, NM. Date/Time: Thursday, November 10, 2016. The group will gather at 5:30 pm for a social period, dinner is ordered at 6:00pm, and the talk will begin at 7:00 pm.

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Tour of the J&R Vintage Auto Museum

September 21, 2016 | J&R Vintage Auto Museum 3650A Highway 528

Please join us for our Inter-Society Event (ASME, ASM, SAMPE, AWS, ASCE) for a tour of the J&R Vintage Auto Museum. Please see the attached flyer for more details. Automobiles are a big interest for the Inter-Society membership, and have drawn several of our largest attended events. This months' tour is a really interesting collection of truly historic vehicles at a great venue. The museum also has a featured car, an extraordinarily rare 1927 Peerless Boattail Roadster, Model 6-90. These old cars are a delight, and it is a wonderful opportunity to inspect and enjoy these timeless works of automotive art and technology. Location: The tour will be held at the Museum at 3650A Highway 528 Rio Rancho, New Mexico 87144. It is 2.4 miles west of I25 on Exit 242 and then ½ mile South on NM Hwy 528. Turn East on the road North of McDonalds, and go about 500 ft off Hwy 528. Date/Time: Wednesday, September 21, 2016. The group begins gathering for a social period and tour at 5:30PM. Following the tour, the group will reconvene at The Freight House for a meal around 6:30PM.

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