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System automatically detects cracks in nuclear power plants

February 21, 2017

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - A new automated system detects cracks in the steel components of nuclear power plants and has been shown to be more accurate than other automated systems. "Periodic inspection of the components of nuclear power plants is important to avoid accidents and ensure safe operation," said Mohammad R. Jahanshahi, an assistant professor in Purdue University's Lyles School of Civil Engineering. "However, current inspection practices are time consuming, tedious and subjective because they involve an operator manually locating cracks in metallic surfaces."

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Teacher application deadline extended for 2017 Duke Energy Academy at Purdue

February 7, 2017

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The registration deadline has been extended to Feb. 19 for teachers interested in applying to the sixth annual Duke Energy Academy at Purdue, a program that inspires high school students and teachers to STEM career, learning and teaching opportunities in the growing field of energy.

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Semiconductor eyed for next-generation power electronics'

January 12, 2017

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.  Researchers have demonstrated the high-performance potential of an experimental transistor made of a semiconductor called beta gallium oxide, which could bring new ultra-efficient switches for applications such as the power grid, military ships and aircraft.

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Project focusing on heavy-duty trucks is part of national effort to reduce vehicle fuel consumption

January 12, 2017

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University is leading part of a national effort to reduce vehicle fuel consumption by 20 percent through automated systems that interconnect cars and trucks and the transportation infrastructure using sensors and online cloud technology.

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High school students, teachers can register for 2017 Duke Energy Academy at Purdue

December 8, 2016

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Registration for the sixth annual Duke Energy Academy at Purdue is now open to high school juniors and seniors and secondary teachers. The 2017 program runs June 18-24 on the Purdue University campus

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Purdue-affiliated startup developing solar-powered crop-drying device to prevent post-harvest

December 1, 2016

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.  A Purdue-affiliated startup is developing an affordable, solar-powered crop-drying device. The technology could provide smallholders and small to medium agro-processors in developing countries, and small organic farms in the United States, a way to reduce post-harvest losses and add value to their crops using renewable energy.

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Purdue University Nuclear Reactor, PUR-1, Receives License Renewal Through 2036

November 11, 2016

Purdue School of Nuclear Engineering recently received notification of renewal of its operating license for the Purdue University Reactor Number One, or PUR-1. The Facility Operating License, issued by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, enables the reactor to operate for teaching, research, and public outreach through November 2036.

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Solar physicists unlock easier way to observe peculiar particles t

November 11, 2016

In 2009, applied physicist Peter Sturrock was visiting the National Solar Observatory in Tucson, Arizona, when the deputy director of the observatory told him he should read a controversial article about radioactive decay. Although the subject was outside Sturrock's field, it inspired a thought so intriguing that the next day he phoned the author of the study, Purdue University physicist Ephraim Fischbach, to suggest a collaboration.

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Purdue, Duke Energy sign MOU to advance joint research efforts

November 3, 2016

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. Purdue University and Duke Energy Corp. have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to explore opportunities for partnering on technology development projects that will make electricity more reliable, affordable and environmentally clean.

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Purdue's deal with karting group could grow Speedway event

October 28, 2016

Purdue University officials announced this week they have reached a three-year agreement to be the exclusive engineering and technology partner of the World Karting Association. As part of the deal, WKA will sanction an electric go-kart race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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