In addition to providing background about SwRI,
the staff is working to provide other useful information and resources.
- SwRI Consortia
The Institute participates in a number of Consortia in various industries.
- SwRI Patents
Visit SwRI's patent pages for a complete listing of Institute patents. SwRI
has earned more than 900 U.S. patents.
SwRI Internal Research and
- SwRI Internal Research &
Southwest Research Institute offers clients technology gained from its internal
research programs. The program broadens the Institute's technology base
and encourages staff development.
The Lighter Side
The Lighter Side
Southwest Research Institute takes a look at the lighter side of
things. The Institute staff deals with a variety of complex science and
engineering problems on a daily basis. Here we question how things from
daily life work such as how how computers transmit e-mail messages or how
tire pressure affects fuel consumption.
3DStress® interactively analyzes the tendency for geological faults and fractures to slip
or dilate based on a user-specified three-dimensional stress state.
COATLIFE is a life-prediction software developed at SwRI under DOE and EPRI
sponsorship, for predicting the remaining life of combustion turbine
coatings in land-based gas turbine machines. COATLIFE 4.0 is currently
utilized or evaluated by a number of plant operators for assessing coating
conditions during service.
integrates finite element stress analysis results, fracture-mechanics-based
life assessment for low-cycle fatigue, material anomaly data, probability of
anomaly detection and inspection schedules to determine the probability of
fracture of a rotor disk as a function of applied operating cycles. The
program also indicates the regions of the disk most likely to fail, and the
risk reduction associated with single and multiple inspections. This
software will be enhanced to handle anomalies in cast/wrought and powder
nickel disks and manufacturing and maintenance-induced surface defects in
all disk materials in the near future.
NASGRO is an award-winning
suite of fracture mechanics and fatigue crack
growth analysis computer programs that perform assessments of structural
life, compute stress intensity factors, and process and store fatigue crack
growth properties. The previous version NASGRO 3.0 has more than 2,000 users
in the space, aircraft, rotorcraft, turbine engine, petrochemical, nuclear,
and ground vehicle industries in more than 40 countries. NASGRO 4.0 has been
jointly developed by SwRI and NASA Johnson Space Center under the terms of a
Space Act Agreement.
NESSUS is an award-winning computer program employing state-of-the-art methods for
performing probabilistic analysis of structural/mechanical systems. NESSUS
can be used to assess component/system reliability, to identify important
random variables, to provide information for risk-based decision analysis
and reliability-based optimization, and develop designs that are more
cost-effective and reliable than those developed using traditional
deterministic design methods.
The Rapid Automotive Performance Simulator (RAPTOR®)
is an award-winning commercial
off-the-shelf (COTS) modular simulation software for configuring, assessing
and optimizing system performance for any on-highway vehicle allowing
engineers to model and test virtual vehicle systems.
This specialized computer program was developed to
predict wrinkling and burst in large-diameter corroded pipelines under
combined internal pressure, axial bending and thermal constraint
(compression) loads. The failure prediction protocol within SAFE includes a
unique elastic-plastic strain-based rupture prediction model surpassing
existing failure prediction models that neglect the effects of combined
loading and the nonlinear behavior of pipeline steels at burst.
- R&D 100 Awards. A
complete listing of SwRI's R&D 100 Awards.
- Technology Links. Ranging from
automotive engineering to space research, these links could hold information useful to
your line of business.
SwRI Technical Areas
Southwest Research Institute has several web pages dedicated to providing
more in-depth information on specific Institute programs and technologies.
Visit our SwRI Technical
Areas for a detailed list. For more information, write Communications.
Signature Science, LLC, a
biotechnology company that spun off from Radian International is a new
subsidiary of Southwest Research Institute. Signature Science is nationally
recognized for its expertise in fields such as environmental management,
biotechnology, national security, and technical services.
The Tianjin SwARC Automotive Research
Laboratory Co., Ltd, is a joint venture between Southwest Research
Institute and the state-owned China Automotive Technology and Research Center.
SwARC provides independent and impartial evaluation of automotive products,
powertrain components and automotive system designs.
March 25, 2013