Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) is developing a an algorithm to eliminate imperfections in carbon fiber composites for materials used in the production of propellant tanks and other spacecraft components. WPI mathematician and computer scientist Randy Paffenroth leads the development of the algorithm, which could improve yarns and tapes intended to strengthen and lower the mass of spacecraft materials. The effort is the focus of an $8.1 million NASA Small Business Innovation Research ...

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