Fluid Structure Coupling Technology


NASA Marshall Space Flight Center's Fluid Structure Coupling (FSC) technology is a highly efficient and passive method to control the way fluids and structures communicate and dictate the behavior of a system. Developed to solve a difficult structural dynamics issue of a national asset, an FSC device weighing less than 200 lbs successfully mitigated a potentially detrimental resonant response of this 650,000 lb structure.

altThis technology has the demonstrated potential to mitigate a multitude of different types of vibration issues and can be applied anywhere where internal or external fluids interact with physical structures. For example, in a multistory building, water from a rooftop tank or swimming pool could be used to mitigate seismic or wind-induced vibration by simply adding an FSC device that controls the way the building engages the water.







Speaker: Rob Berry, Chief Technologist and Manager FSC Project, Marshall Space Flight Center







Speaker: Sammy Nabors, Manager, Technology Licensing and Commercialization, Marshall Space Flight Center

Having received a B.S. in industrial engineering from the University of Alabama, Sammy Nabors began his career at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) in Huntsville, Alabama, in 1985. During his tenure at MSFC, he has held various positions with increasing responsibilities. In 1986, he assisted in the implementation of the Center's Total Quality Management program. In 1995, he joined the Technology Transfer Department as the NASA technology transfer manager for the states of North and South Carolina.

Presently, Sammy manages the Center's pursuit of technology commercialization and licensing for NASA-owned inventions and technologies. In accordance with NASA's commercial technology mission, he strives to ensure that the maximum commercial potential of NASA-owned technologies is realized.

He has been honored with several awards at NASA, including the Silver Snoopy Award in 1988 for his dedication and outstanding support of the Space Shuttle program. In addition, he was inducted into the Space Technology Hall of Fame in 2001 for his contribution toward the successful commercialization of the Video Image Stabilization and Registration (VISAR) technology. In 2008 and 2009, Sammy was also the recipient of the Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) awards for Excellence in Technology Transfer. In 2004, Sammy received the NASA Medal for Exceptional Technology Achievement for his exceptional initiative in the development and commercialization of NASA technologies. He was also the recipient of the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Special Service award in 2006 and 2007.

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