MERC Supports AFRL New Technology Development

WRIGHT PATTERSON AFB, OH (July 7, 2016)  A recent article in Defense Systems magazine highlighted new technology from an Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) team that included MERC engineers who helped develop a portable system to inspect C-130 aircraft in the field in order to identify structural damage prior to sending the aircraft to depot maintenance facilities.

The new technology, known as the Surgical Nondestructive Evaluation (SuNDE) system, has been tested by Air Force Special Operations units at Hurlburt Field, FL and will soon transition to SOF operational units.

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About Mercer Engineering Research Center

Mercer Engineering Research Center (MERC) is the research and applied engineering arm of Mercer University, a private university founded in 1833. For over 175 years the University has served Georgia as a highly-respected educational institution. In 1984, the School of Engineering was established at the Macon, Georgia campus, with the charter class beginning studies in 1985.

Two years later, in 1987, the Mercer Engineering Research Center was established under the School of Engineering to provide locally available engineering and scientific services and critical specialized technical skills. Today, MERC functions as a non-profit operating unit of the University, with the Executive Director, Dr. David Barwick, reporting directly to the University president, Mr. William D. Underwood.

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