5000 Allendale Drive
Huntsville, Alabama  35811-8971

"Full Spectrum" Encompasses "STARS" Technology

Engineering Design and Consulting Services

We've moved to our new location on Allendale Drive.

Optechnology, Inc. worked on a Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) contract awarded by the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command to study Strategically Tuned Absolutely Resilient Structures (STARS).

During the project we addressed the fundamental relationships between the structure of cementitious composites and their mechanical properties as influenced by composition, processing, environment, stress state, and loading rate.  Consideration was given to damage initiation and progression, failure mechanisms, and life prediction... factors essential for the development of new heterogeneous structural systems.

We also performed an advanced technology demonstration by fabricating and testing a large-scale prototype.  We worked with our subcontractor [The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH)] and their American Society of Civil Engineers Student Chapter to build a dynamically tuned concrete canoe called “Full Spectrum” (see photo below).  Their “swimming boat” enabled Team UAH to win the 2006 Southeast Regional Concrete Canoe Competition held in Gainesville, Florida on March 30th through April 1st by a substantial margin.

Team UAH poses with “Full Spectrum.”

The win earned Team UAH the privilege of competing against other regional winners at the 2006 National Concrete Canoe Competition (NCCC) held in Stillwater, Oklahoma on June 15th-17th where the team finished seventh overall.

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  Five-time ASCE/MBT National Concrete Canoe Champions