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Everywhere you look, the human-made world surrounds us. But engineering marvels such as skyscrapers, airplanes and even your smartphone are under threat from a process known as corrosion.
The Science Center’s newest exhibit explores what corrosion is, why it happens, how we can prevent it and how you can join the effort to conquer this silent menace.
- 3D Mapping: Thanks to projection technology, visualize how corrosion affects infrastructure including steel, pipes and signage.
- Cracking Under Stress: Test beam and truss shapes by applying weight and looking at them from polarized glass to see where they are most affected by stress and therefore more likely to corrode.
- The Case of the Cracked Crawler Shoes: Investigate real NASA artifacts and walk in the footsteps of a corrosion engineer to determine the cause of a corrosion incident.
- Careers in Corrosion: Hear from professionals in the field of corrosion engineering about their experiences and how they got inspired to address these problems and ensure our safety.
- Little Plates Reveal Big Secrets: Act as a corrosion scientist investigating samples of materials exposed in a corrosive environment to determine which materials and coatings provide the best protection from corrosion.
- CORRSim Junior: Take an (inter)active role in preventing corrosion by painting your bike and protecting it from the elements in this Kinect experience.
19 December 2013
Posted in Corrosion: The Silent Menace
Exhibit Encourages Youth to Solve Puzzles on Infrastructure Preservation
Orlando Science Center and partners have been recognized in the team creation and development of Corrosion: The Silent Menace.
The National Training and Simulation Association presented a team award for training to the Department of Defense Corrosion Policy and Oversight Office, the University of Akron, Bruno White Entertainment and Orlando Science Center during the 2013 NTSA Modeling and Simulation Awards ceremony held on Dec. 4 at the Interactive/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference in Orlando.
Reinforcing science, technology, math, and engineering (STEM) skills at the middle and high school level using 3-D mapping technology, Corrosion: The Silent Menace spotlights the natural phenomena that lead to corrosion and material degradation. Visitors can choose from a menu of virtual experiences that graphically depict the science of corrosion, while also performing interactive experiments that show how engineers preserve drinking waterways, bridge and highway systems, and vital forms of public and private transportation.
"The causes of corrosion on our bridges, highways and pipelines are rooted in complex scientific processes, and this corrosion science exhibit unlocks the secret of those processes and how they can be mitigated," said Daniel J. Dunmire, director of the DoD Corrosion Office.
Besides the principal installation developers, Dunmire credited several DoD partners for their contribution to the exhibit, including Battelle Memorial Institute; CorrDefense.org; MVE Systems, Inc.; NASA; Reading Rainbow; NACE International; NACE International Foundation; SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings; Ninjaneer Studios; and Echo Artz.