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Posted 3/30/2018

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By Marie Darling

HANOVER, N.H. (March 7, 2018) – Researchers Dr. Emily Asenath-Smith and Dr. Ben Barrowes shared their expertise on ice with visiting freshmen math students from Kimball Union Academy  during a tour hosted by the U.S. Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory March 7.

Asenath-Smith, a research materials engineer with CRREL’s Force Projection and Sustainment Branch, presented her work with ice adhesion and the associated devastating impacts of icing for military and the Nation’s infrastructure. Additionally, she spoke on another project she is currently working on to provide water to troops in the field. After the presentation, Asenath-Smith provided an ice demo in her coldroom laboratory, where the temperature was 0 degrees Fahrenheit.

Barrowes, a research electrical engineer with CRREL’s Signature Physics Branch, provided a visit to the Shock Lab where he creates models and studies methods to locate and identify subsurface UneXploded Ordnance (UXO) and improvised explosive devices (IEDs). His presentation was based on how magnetic fields interact with conducting objects, such as munitions and IEDs, using the basics of Faraday’s law of induction and the Maxwell’s equations. His research is aimed at reducing the costs associated with cleaning up training ranges and battlefields of UXO and reducing US personnel injuries from IEDs.

The students were very interested and interactive with the researchers, and on their departure some suggested maybe a longer visit in the near future. Others even asked about internships at the lab. We may have met the future generation of researchers.

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