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Pioneering Lifetime and Degradation Science and Technology Development

The SDLE Research Center at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) is a world-class research center dedicated to data science and analytics applied to materials and energy science.

Established in 2011 by Professor Roger H French, the SDLE Center focuses on:

  • Lifetime and degradation science of solar photovoltaic (PV) materials, and other environmentally exposed, long lived (>25 years) technologies.
  • Accelerated laboratory and outdoor real-world exposures and evaluations of outdoor exposed technologies such as solar, led lighting and building envelope materials
  • Energy efficiency and virtual energy auditing of buildings, using engineering epidemiology and data analytics
  • Data-mining and statistical- and machine-learning applied to materials
  • Petabyte/Petaflop big data analytics applied to time-series, spectral and image datasets
  • Non-relational data warehousing and analytics environment for complex systems. 


CertainTeed’s Siding Products Group Initiates a 2nd Research Contract

The SDLE Center is excited to announce the beginning of a 2nd sponsored research project being funded by CertainTeed's Siding Products Group, a subsidiary of Saint-Gobain.  The one-year commitment will focus on materials being used in CertainTeed’s Siding Products Group and looking for ways to improve their durability.


MCCo Debuts The Lakeview Solar Power Plant

MCCo has been working diligently to complete the installation of its 1MW solar project. The SDLE Center has been contracted to instrument and monitor the power plant, giving insight into its performance and reliability. 

Blue Angels buzz the SunFarm

It's Labor Day weekend in the U.S. and that means The Cleveland National Air Show is in town this weekend.  The Blue Angels thrilled people from University Circle to Downtown on Thursday while they practiced their aerial acrobatics.  Click here for more pictures.

SDLE Center hosts visitors from National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL)

On August 29th, 2014 the SDLE Center was very pleased to welcome visitors from the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL).  Representatives from the Geosciences and Computational Science Divisions came to CWRU to learn about Energy-CRADLE and other developments in Data Analytics.

SDLE Center hosts NEMA 5FB-2 Technical Committee Meeting

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association held their August meeting at Case Western Reserve University on August 13th and 14th.  The discussion addressed the topic of Lifetime and Degradation of Nylon Cable Ties.  Click here for related publications.


CWRU Data Science program featured in Fortune Magazine on Educating the 'big data' generation

FORTUNE — It would be tough to find a better illustration of the acute need for big-data skills today than the situation KeyCorp  KEY -0.49%  has been experiencing.

SDLE Research Associate Laura Bruckman delivers seminar presentation at DMSE 2014 Spring Colloquium.

On January 24th, 2014, Laura Bruckman delivered a seminar presentation, at the DMSE 2014 Spring Colloquium, entitled "Lifetime and Degradation Science: Acrylic Statistical Mechanistic Pathway Diagram Development", which covered statistical analytics, using a data science approach, defining the new field of lifetime and degradation science (L&DS), providing mechanistic insights into real-world degr

SDLE Center and Case School of Engineering Host Lifetime & Degradation Science Workshop

On November 14, the SDLE Center and the Case School of Engineering, joined by faculty from the University of Maryland and Cleveland State University, hosted a Lifetime & Degradation Science (L&DS) Workshop with about 100 attendees.  L&DS is a new engineering design paradigm that accelerates development and testing, reduces degradation, renormalizes standards, and builds technologies fitted to their real world environments.