Anaheim Marriott
Anaheim, California, United States
26 - 30 April 2020
Conference SSN10
Smart Materials and Nondestructive Evaluation for Energy Systems V
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16 October 2019

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20 December 2019

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1 April 2020

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The major focus of this conference is materials, smart structures, sensor systems, NDE, and monitoring of renewable and conventional energy systems for energy generation, transmission, transportation, distribution, storage, and harvesting. We will bring together specialists from industry and academia to discuss topics that will help lead to a sustainable and environmentally friendly energy base for the future. Availability of energy is directly linked to well-being and prosperity across the globe. Meeting the growing demand to safely and sustainably supply more than seven billion people on earth who use energy each day is a key challenge addressed by the conference.

Our goal is to provide advanced materials and new measurement technology that can help build a reliable, environmentally friendly, and more robust energy infrastructure. We are interested in energy systems and their NDE/SHM across a wide range of scales from nano-scale (e.g. micro Watts) to macro (e.g. utility-scale Mega Watts).

Electro mobility, wireless communication, wireless sensor networks, and Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) systems are hungry for new, highly efficient and low weight, high capacity, energy generators or energy storage systems. Increased mobility of people, next generation of fabrication, noninvasive medicine as well as nanotechnology require new concepts of macroscopic and microscopic energy conversion and propulsion systems. Smart and cognitive materials and structures with embedded sensor/actuator systems and electronics are not possible without new solutions for energy harvesting, storage, transmission, and distribution.

Limited natural resources of conventional energy, climate change, and environmental problems all require new solutions for energy generation, scavenging, transportation, conservation, and storage. Reduction of the emission of greenhouse gases, exploration of new resources for sustainable and conventional energy faces new challenges. Renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar, create electrical energy without greenhouse gas emissions during operation. Unfortunately, the mismatch between energy generation location and point of consumption as well as time of availability and time of energy need is evident. New concepts for energy storage and transmission are necessary. Chemical, electrical, thermal, hydro power, and gravity storage technologies must be advanced to solve energy storage and transportation challenges. All require new solutions that can be impacted by developing novel materials and power management and control systems. Robust NDE and SHM for wind and solar systems are still developing to make systems more reliable and robust. All of these are high priority topics for future developments.

Many offshore and subsea energy systems, such as those in the oil and gas industry, continue operating in many cases beyond their original design life. Monitoring the health of such aging systems is of paramount importance. As many basins, e.g. in North Sea, are reaching the end of their life. Decommissioning is a looming challenge and efficient monitoring techniques are required for this market niche including also the important aspects of the interaction of man-made systems with marine and wildlife. Meanwhile, future subsea (e.g. hydro-kinetic) and offshore systems will be even more complex, interdependent, and sophisticated requiring provisions for monitoring to be ready at the design stage for cradle-to-grave intelligent asset management. Likewise, safety considerations for nuclear power and the need for real-time monitoring of nuclear infrastructures have been driving the NDE and the SHM technologies for decades and continue as critical topics today.

Major topics of interest include:
  • NDE and SHM of energy systems
  • materials, NDE, and monitoring of energy storage systems
  • materials, NDE, and monitoring for energy scavenging and utility-scale harvesting systems
  • photonic energy harvesting, or acoustic/vibration energy harvesting via phononic meta-materials
  • materials, NDE, and monitoring of energy transmission systems
  • materials, NDE, and monitoring of energy distribution systems
  • development and application of smart materials for energy systems
  • characterization of materials
  • smart sensor phenomena, technology, networks, and systems integration
  • wired, wireless, optical, and other techniques for energy transportation and distribution
  • green and conventional as well as nuclear energy
  • photovoltaic and solar energy systems
  • wind energy systems
  • hydro power systems
  • chemical, electrical, thermal, kinetic, and gravity energy storage technologies
  • batteries
  • fuel cells
  • macroscopic and micro propulsion systems
  • new materials and testing of turbines for energy scavenging and propulsion
  • chemical and mechanical energy to electrical energy conversion.
We especially encourage specialists from industry to share their needs with the research community.
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