Aerojet Rocketdyne and Southern Arkansas University Tech, both located in the Highland Industrial Park in East Camden, have announced a new collaboration.
Aerojet Rocketdyne recently donated a Computed Radiography (CR) system to SAU Tech's Non-Destructive Testing and Training Lab.
CR is a direct replacement for conventional film radiography. This radiographic testing uses a phosphorous imaging plate to capture x-ray images and a laser to extract the image from the imaging plate. It converts the captured data into a digital radiographic image. CR is used in many industries to detect critical flaws in the material, hardware, casting, and assemblies.
The system will give the students at SAU Tech real-world experience with practical applications. The same CR equipment is currently used in the defense, oil and gas, and metal fabrication industries.
SAU Tech offers several associate of applied science degrees. Classes for the Industrial Science & Technology degree with a Non-Destructive Testing emphasis are scheduled this fall.