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AESA Lecture Series: Bond Quality Inspection for Orion Heat Shield Blocks

May 11, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Bond Quality Inspection for Orion Heat Shield Blocks

Shant Kenderian, PhD
Thursday, May 11, 2017, 7:30 pm

100 W. Walnut Street, Pasadena, CA 91124


In just a few years, NASA Orion space capsule will transport astronauts into deep space. Upon reentry through earth’s atmosphere, outside surface will get to temperatures hot enough to melt rock. Orion is equipped with an advanced heat shield designed to endure the extreme conditions of the rapid descent. Dr. Kenderian’s team at the Aerospace Corp. have used ultrasound with low-frequency transducers and a special coupling medium to identify imperfections in bonding, between heat shield and a substrate, for The NASA Engineering and Safety Center (NESC) that was awarded NESC Engineering Excellence Award.


Dr. Kenderian is a worldwide well known scientist in the field of Nondestructive Testing (NDT). A Fellow of the American Society of Nondestructive Testing (ASNT). Dr. Kenderian received BS degree in Production Engineering and Metallurgy from University of Technology in Baghdad, Iraq in 1985. MS degree in Manufacturing Engineering and Technology from California State University, Los Angeles, in 1996 followed by MS degree in Material Science and Engineering from John Hopkins University in 2002 and continuation to PhD from said university.

Dr. Kenderian’s studies were focused on advanced NDT methods for materials characterization which resulted in two US and a European patent in using a laser-air hybrid ultrasonic technique for railroad inspection applications. After Space Shuttle Columbia disaster, Dr. Kenderian joined the NASA Super Problem Resolution Team (SPRT). During the first two years, the SPRT engaged in an investigation to develop inspection methods for the External Tank (ET) Sprayed On Foam Insulation (SOFI) and a number of other tasks, which ultimately lead to the return to flight of the grounded shuttle program. In 2004, he held a Sr. Engineer position with Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and in 2005 he became a Member of the Technical Staff (MTS) with The Aerospace Corporation, where he is currently the Director for the Materials Processing Department. He has been the recipient of corporate awards by The Aerospace Corporation, Lockheed Martin, and NASA. He is also the recipient of the ASNT Fellowship, Outstanding Paper, Research Council Innovation, Fellow, Mentoring, and Mehl Honor Lecture Awards. Dr. Kenderian was 2007 and 2008 AESA President.

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The lecture is free and open to the public with validated parking.


May 11, 2017
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


100 W. Walnut Street
Pasadena, CA 91124 United States
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