Technology Today Spring 2008 cover image

SwRI scientists apply nanostructured thin-film coatings to a variety of components from manufacturing tools to aerospace turbines. These very hard, highly wear-resistant coatings are applied using plasma-enhanced magnetron sputtering technology.

Technology Today® Spring 2008

Icon of components with very hard, highly wear-resistant nanostructured thin-film coatings

Super Hard, Very Tough

Nanocomposite coatings find new applications in more durable tools and turbine blades.

Icon of A-10 Thunderbolt II

Aging Warplane, New Life

Upgraded weapons, electronics keep the A-10 Thunderbolt II a winning combat aircraft.

Icon of stacked pipes

Approaches to Corrosion

A panel of SwRI scientists and engineers recently talked about their respective research into corrosion's effects, its detection and its prevention.

Illustration of new forecasting method

Space Radiation Forecast

A new method provides astronauts up to an hour's warning of approaching hazardous particles from extreme solar events.


Technical Staff Activities

Download a printable copy of the Spring 2008 Technology Today [PDF]

Benefiting government, industry and the public through innovative science and technology
Southwest Research Institute® (SwRI®), headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, is a multidisciplinary, independent, nonprofit, applied engineering and physical sciences research and development organization with 9 technical divisions.