Metal Fatigue Solution’s selected for UDOT GE Pool

St. George, Utah – June 2, 2017

MFS is now part of the General Engineering Pool for UDOT. MFS looks forward to continuing their work helping UDOT mitigate risk through instrumentation and monitoring. MFS continues to grow in UT and across the country through use of instrumentation and their innovative fatigue crack prediction and growth detection technologies.

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https://www.facebook.com/MFS.SHM.NDT/

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Metal Fatigue Solutions Announces BAE Systems UK Project

Las Vegas, NV – May 16, 2017

Metal Fatigue Solutions (MFS), producer of the next generation of advanced Nondestructive Testing (NDT) technology systems for major civil and industrial infrastructure, today announced it is working with BAE Systems, UK (BAE).

The MFS contract with BAE commenced in February, 2016 and will continue through July 2017. The two companies are working jointly with several universities to produce a unique structural monitoring system for use on combat-ready structures.

MFS has deployed its Custom Solutions Division to meet the needs of this military grade project.

“Our MFS team is executing precision development and testing work to meet the needs of BAE and their customer,” said Sade Panahi, CEO of MFS. He went on to say, “We are pleased to be part of the BAE team of esteemed and trusted manufacturers. MFS is consistently exceeding all quality standards and timelines set forth in the contract and we look forward to completing this important project for BAE at the highest level of quality.”

The project is the culmination of a year-long competitive proposal process.

About BAE Systems

BAE Systems provides some of the world’s most advanced technology defence, aerospace and security solutions. It employs a skilled workforce of 82,500 people in over 40 countries. Working with customers and local partners, BAE products and services deliver military capability, protect people and national security, and keep critical information and infrastructure secure. (http://www.baesystems.com/en/home)

About Metal Fatigue Solutions Inc.

Metal Fatigue Solutions (MFS) develops, manufactures and markets next-generation non-destructive testing (NDT) devices and systems that indicate the true status of fatigue damage in a metal component. The Company’s customers include the State DOTs, Infrastructure Owners, the U.S. Federal Government, and private engineering firms (https://metal-fatigue-solutions.com) Initially commercialized in 2005, MFS’ flagship product is the industry leading Electrochemical Fatigue Sensor (EFS™), an instrument that detects microscopic growing fatigue cracks in metals. With seven patents, MFS owns the only NDT technology able to find growing cracks as minute as 0.01 inches – critical information that enables structural engineers to isolate and repair the more than 100,000 US steel bridges classified as structurally deficient or functionally obsolete by the Federal Highway Administration. EFS is also applicable to aerospace, ships, cranes, railways, power plants, nuclear facilities, chemical plants, mining equipment, piping systems and “heavy iron.”

Contact Info

Metal Fatigue Solutions

Email: mail@metal-fatigue-solutions.com

Tel: (702) 800-5542.

Additional Information

http://www.nasdaq.com/press-release/metal-fatigue-solutions-announces-bae-systems-uk-project-20170516-00217

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My 2 Sense

I am Adam Hales an employee of Metal Fatigue Solutions. Right now, Metal Fatigue Solutions is operating in a world of cliché business phrases and are working through the adventures of developing a small technology business. I have been a part of the MFS adventure for 8 months, and my time here has shown to be period of transition and expansion.

Metal Fatigue Solutions has been developing tools and systems dedicated to better understand the true status of fatigue damage on a metal component. Long story short, MFS works under the umbrella of Structural Health Monitoring and Non-Destructive Testing. We work alongside state and federal agencies to gain a stronger more detailed story about how fatigue damage impacts the safety and longevity of a structure. Working to understand fatigue crack behavior on steel infrastructure is where MFS has focused their marketing efforts in the past years.

However, the MFS family is moving starting to move in a new direction and have been looking to expand into concrete structures. Adopting this new market is just one step in the upcoming evolution of MFS. The dedicated and intelligent engineers at MFS are looking at adopting new technologies as well as ramping up our grant efforts to increase where we as fatigue experts can aid in the preservation and monitoring of our critical and essential infrastructure.

It is an exciting time here at MFS, with new staff members bringing great insights and skills to the MFS. As we integrate new people with new technology it is truly hard to say where the future of MFS lies. Although, I will say with 100% confidence that MFS has great people, with great minds, working to fill a great need. And for those simple reasons, I know that Metal Fatigue Solutions will survive the crazy adventures of developing new and innovative technologies that keep our infrastructure safe.

Adam Hales

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Bridge Sign Injures Man

“They’re doing construction all time, they should be inspecting the signs along with the bridges.”

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32nd Ave Sign Falling

Watch the 32nd avenue sign wave back and forth during strong winds, we would claim monitoring is needed!

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Preventing Future Bridge Failures – A look forward

Decades old bridge construction techniques, combined with insufficient structural asset management can lead to situations like the fracture seen on the Delaware River Bridge between Pennsylvania and New Jersey in January. This incident, which forced the closure of the structure, resulted from a combination of engineering factors: utilization of a low fracture toughness steel alloy, mistakenly drilled holes which were subsequently filled with plug welds, and an inspection regimen scheduled too few and far between to mitigate a crack once it formed.

The Philadelphia Inquirer interviewed a spokesperson from the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission who stated that turnpike engineers had too little information to confirm anything about the crack’s cause. Metal Fatigue Solutions hopes to provide the very information that engineers, such as those in turnpike commissions and state DOT’s, would require in order to diagnose and prevent costly failures such as these.

MFS has developed a suite of electrochemical fatigue sensors, such as CrackCheckTM and FatigueWatchTM, to address this specific type of fatigue cracking information. For example, it is a well-known engineering phenomenon that defects, such as holes or welds, increase the stress that the structure experiences in those localized regions. Professor Karl Frank, an emeritus professor of engineering at UT Austin, stated that “the plug welds created a weak point and the stress of traffic crossing the bridge continuously since it opened in 1956 could have led to a sudden crack, splitting the beam at the welds” and that “Engineers will likely recommend checking other beams on the bridge for similar plug welds.” In this instance, FatigueWatchTM continuous monitoring systems could be installed at the identified weld sites to determine if cracking is currently present, and whether any cracks are actively growing; specific information unique to our sensor technology. It is our expert opinion that compared to the standardized visual inspection methodologies, which did nothing to prevent the failure of the shown beam, an adoption of electrochemical fatigue sensors, such as FatigueWatchTM, would dramatically increase an asset owners understanding of their structures’ fatigue state and thereby increase its safety and reliability to prevent similar failures going forward.

Kyle Wetzlar

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An ever-increasing need in the structural health monitoring (SHM) arena

I love being an engineer at Metal Fatigue Solutions! Nearly a decade ago I left a very fulfilling career in the wireless communications industry to head the research and development for the Electrochemical Fatigue Sensor (EFS), and I’ve never looked back.  In 2007 the EFS sensor was still very much in it’s infancy, and almost like a proud parent, I was able to see it mature into the flag ship product at Metal Fatigue Solutions.

EFS was initially limited to short term fatigue crack inspections.  We still have this product, CrackChek™, which is ideal for identifying active fatigue crack growth and retrofit verification, but due to an ever-increasing need in the structural health monitoring (SHM) arena, we have developed FatigueWatch™.  FatigueWatch™ is based on the same principle of fatigue crack growth detection as its sister-product, CrackChek™, but with the intent to serve the needs SHM community.  It allows a bridge or other metal structure to be remotely monitored for a fatigue crack growth over a period of months or even years, offering safety and peace of mind to asset owners.

At MFS, we are always looking at new and innovative ways to help asset owners manage and extend the life of their assets.  The FatigueFuse™ (FF) is an exciting new product that has experienced explosive growth with applications in the military and DOTs.  In its simplest form, it is a mechanical fatigue counter which can be used for fatigue life prediction and remaining life estimation of critical infrastructure.  Through a grant from the National Science Foundation, and in collaboration with UCLA (our academic partner), we’re currently in the process of extending the capabilities of the FatigueFuse™ for remote monitoring, which will open up whole new markets and applications.

Well, I’ve got to run.  I sense some more opportunities just around the corner.

Ryan Brinkerhoff

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Infrastructure Industry – SHM’s Place in the Trump Presidency

Whether you voted for our new President or not, the fact remains that if you work in the infrastructure sector you will likely stand to benefit from the anticipated changes from the new administration. Trump’s focus on investing in America brings our aging infrastructure into the spotlight.  Even the Democrats see infrastructure spending as something they can agree with Mr. Trump on to increase jobs and the safety of the traveling public. Every facet of infrastructure work from steel manufacturing to inspection work to investment stand to benefit from the America First policies.

The Trump Administration has released a list of priority projects that cover bridges, transit expansion as well as improvements to dams and highways. Though the source of funding of all these projects is unknown, prior to taking office, Trump indicated that the majority of transportation projects would be a beneficiary of moving to a model based more on Public Private Partnership (P3) agreements.  Even with the P3 model, the US infrastructure faces a deficit on of $1.44 trillion over the next 8 years.  As such, DOTs and agencies are firmly focused on life extension of their structures, continuing to try to maximize their use of funds. This places the Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) market in a very promising position moving forward. SHM helps owners make better asset management decisions while helping owners “sleep at night”, knowing the traveling public is safe. Additionally, as more P3 projects move forward, SHM can act as a very useful check and balance to ensure that the P3s are living up to their contractual obligations in terms of safety and maintenance of structures.

Unfortunately, the great hope of bipartisan support for the infrastructure plan falls apart when it comes to the means of funding it. Even Trump’s own party has told him that some of his funding ideas are a “non-starter”.

Though we can’t be sure of what is ahead, we do know that our infrastructure keeps aging and we cannot continue to try and play catch up.  Using SHM and sensors to more effectively manage the life cycle of our structures is key to cost effectively extending the lives of these structures.  The whole world is taking advantage of the Internet of Things (IoT) to manage connected systems, it is only a matter of time before our transportation structures are connected to better ensure their (and our) safety.

Marybeth Miceli

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