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NASA: Crayons and cereal help test set baseline for jet engine tests

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    One of the most destructive and dangerous materials a commercial or military jet engine can ingest is volcanic ash and one of the least would be crayons and cereal.

    But those two substances were a key part of testing NASA has been conducting on smart engine sensors that could detect and help pilots avoid a volcanic plume. The new sensors are expected to detect the degradation caused by the volcanic ash, quantify the significance of the event, and aid in identifying which components might require maintenance, NASA stated.

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    The ash plume (the brown streak) from the big 2010 volcanic eruption of Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland contributed to airline disruptions in Europe for almost a week.

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