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Don McCubbrey, Senate President, called the meeting to order at noon. A motion to approve the minutes from the March 30, 2012 Senate meeting was seconded and approved. Undergraduate Enrollments—Fall 2012 enrollments are looking good. The majority of new students accept by May 1 st ; 690 students have already deposited; 687 had deposited at this time last(More)
The purpose of this work is to establish the critical surface conditions leading to the initiation of stress corrosion cracks on the as supplied surfaces of three unidirectional Eglass/polymer composites with modified polyester, epoxy and vinyl ester resins subjected to a nitric acid solution without mechanical loads. The composite materials considered in(More)
An investigation was performed to determine whether corrosion resistant boron-free E-glass fibers could adequately prevent acid induced brittle fracture failures of high voltage composite insulator rods. Nine different rod compositions were tested at 45% of mechanical failure load in contact with 1 N nitric acid. Rods made out of commonly used E-glass(More)
The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effect of aging in either air or nitrogen on the residual interlaminar strains and stresses in unidirectional and woven graphite/polyimide composites. In order to accomplish this goal, XRD measurements have been made on embedded aluminum inclusions placed between the first and second plies of both unidirectional(More)
] It was postulated in 1 , based on experimental evidence, that brittle fracture fail( ) ures of composite non-ceramic HV insulators could be caused by water and mechanical stresses. It was also claimed therein that the brittle fracture process was more likely to happen with water than acids. This postulation could be of major importance as its(More)
The effective conductivity of a fibrous composite is investigated using the Monte Carlo simulation scheme and the finite-element method. The conductive fibers are modeled as randomly distributed resistors in a nonconductive matrix. The gap elements are constructed between neighboring fibers to model the interfiber contact. The resistance of a gap element is(More)
Three open-source applications, NanoEngineer-1, packmol, and mis2lmp are integrated using an open-source file format to quickly create molecular dynamics (MD) cells for simulation. The three software applications collectively make up the open-source software (OSS) suite known as MD Studio (MDS). The software is validated through software engineering(More)