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NNWG Newsletter - April 17, 2015

A Message from the Office of Safety and Mission Assurance NDE Program Manager

The NASA Nondestructive Evaluation Working Group (NNWG) was chartered in 1994 by the Office of Safety and Mission Assurance (OSMA) as an Agency-wide forum for the integration of major NDE program needs. This forum, managed by the Langley Research Center as delegated lead Center, provides a focus for new technology initiatives, identification of NDE documentation requirements, new operating practices, and Center NDE infrastructure upgrades. Funding for NDE activities is provided by OSMA, with approximately one-third co-funding provided by Center programs and projects. On March 10-11, 2015, the Centers' NNWG held the 22st Annual NDE Workshop via WebEx due to travel budget limitations.  The NNWG reviewed and reported on FY14 accomplishments and advances.  The 23rd Annual NDE Workshop will be held at Goddard Space Flight Center in 2016.

The workshop provided members a forum in which to review the progress of on-going NDE tasks funded by the Office of Safety and Mission Assurance, and to collaborate and maximize group effectiveness. A balanced and diverse set of NDE activities in research and applications are being pursued within this working group. The NNWG members planned future directions and presented and critiqued new proposals. The NNWG also continues to support the NASA Engineering and Safety Center NDE Technical Discipline Team (TDT). Since 2003, this proactive NNWG support of the NESC TDT is greatly benefiting the International Space Station, Commercial Space Partners, and other NASA programs. The NNWG chair rotates yearly. Brad Parker, GSFC, served as chair during the past year. The current chair is Charles Nichols, JSC-WSTF, and the current vice-chair is Eric Burke, LaRC.

In FY16, the NDE Program will focus on technology development activities for assuring quality of additively manufactured components and for establishing the remaining life in composite overwrapped pressure vessels.

For a complete list of all active projects, please select Innovations.

Ed Generazio
Nondestructive Evaluation Technical Program Manager for the Office of Safety and Mission Assurance, NASA HQ, Washington, DC.
Agency Nondestructive Evaluation Specialist
NASA Langley Research Center
MS 231
Hampton, VA 236681
Phone 757-864-4968
FAX    757-864-4914

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