Cold spray expert receives Society for Machinery Failure Prevention Technology Award

May 10, 2012

Story Highlights

  • Victor Champagne, ARL WMRD, was named the recipient of the Jack Frarey Award for Excellence.
  • Champagne has been performing failure analysis investigations for over 27 years for ARL
  • The Society members include some of the world's leading technologists in machinery failure, diagnostics, prognostics and failure analysis, along with prominent representatives of the technology application community.

Victor Champagne, team leader of the Innovative Materials and Processing Team within U.S. Army Research Laboratory's (ARLs) Weapons and Material Research Directorate (WMRD), was recently named the recipient of the Jack Frarey Award for Excellence by The Society for Machinery Failure Prevention Technology.

Each year, the society recognizes people and organizations that make outstanding contributions to this field through innovation and their history and dedication to advancing the field.

Champagne has been performing failure analysis investigations for over 27 years for ARL located at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md, where he conducts research in materials and novel materials consolidation technologies.

"He is recognized as an expert in failure analysis and cold spray technology," said Marc Pepi, deputy chief of the Materials and Manufacturing Technology Branch within WMRD and a MFPT Fellow. "His work has resulted in the introduction of emerging materials processing technologies for the DoD and his work is internationally recognized. In 1985 he established the ARL Center for Failure Analysis, and in 2005 established the ARL Center for Cold Spray, which today stands alone as the most sophisticated facility with the largest expert staff in the world", Pepi said.

Champagne has received numerous awards, from the Department of Defense (DoD), industry and academia including a commendation from General Theodore Harrison, former Commander of the U.S. Army Materiel Command. That award was presented to Champagne during Operation Desert Storm for his work in determining the cause of failure of the Apache 'main rotor strap pack,' which resulted in the Army saving six Apache helicopters from potential disaster.

"This was accomplished by his determination of the root cause of the failure and work he directed toward the development of a nondestructive inspection technique that could be implemented in the field of operation that detected the early onset of cracking within the individual laminates comprising the strap pack," Pepi stated.

The Society members include some of the world's leading technologists in machinery failure, diagnostics, prognostics and failure analysis, along with prominent representatives of the technology application community.

The award honors Frarey's excellence in many aspects of the field of Machinery Failure Prevention Technology, his impact in the field, and inspiration to his colleagues, society documents state.

The MFPT is a non-profit professional society with a 40-year legacy of promoting failure prevention technology. An interdisciplinary technical organization, MFPT is strongly oriented towards the practical application of health management across every engineering sphere. The MFPT community includes professional scientists, engineers, failure analysts, maintenance specialists and others who represent a wide variety of disciplines from government agencies, universities, research institutes and industry.

 

Last Update / Reviewed: May 10, 2012