NCAMP, the National Center for Advanced Materials Performance, works with the FAA and industry partners to qualify material systems and populate a shared materials database that can be viewed publicly. NCAMP started as a FAA-funded program within the National Institute for Aviation Research at Wichita State University and stemmed from NASA's 1995 Advanced General Aviation Transport Experiment (AGATE).

What is the benefit to aircraft manufacturers?
Instead of qualifying an entire material system, manufacturers can pull a system from the NCAMP database, prove equivalency and gain FAA certification in a quicker and cheaper manner than a typical qualification approach.

What is the benefit to materials suppliers?
Material suppliers can work with NCAMP to qualify material systems without having to be linked to an ongoing aircraft certification program. This allows the material supplier to get their material out into the market via a public forum with generated allowables and FAA certification.

Which material systems are currently NCAMP-qualified?

Additive Manufacturing Materials

  • Stratasys ULTEM 9085

Thermoset Materials

  • Solvay (formerly Cytec) 5215 (Discontinued)
    • T40-800 Unidirectional Tape
    • T650 3k-PW Fabric
    • T650 6k-5HS Fabric
  • Solvay (formerly Cytec) 5250-5 (Discontinued)
    • T650 Unidirectional Tape
    • T650 3k-70-PW Fabric
    • T650 6k-5HS Fabric
  • Solvay (formerly Cytec) 5320-1
    • T650 Unidirectional Tape
    • T650 3k-PW Fabric
  • Solvay (formerly Cytec) EP2202 (Discontinued)
    • IM7G Unidirectional Tape
    • T650 3k-PW Fabric
  • Solvay (formerly ACG) MTM45-1
    • Style 7781 E Glass Fabric
    • Style 6781 S2 Glass Fabric
    • 3K PW G30-500 Fabric
    • 12K AS4 Unidirectional Tape
    • 12K HTS5631 Unidirectional Tape (HTS40)
    • IM7 Unidirectional Tape
    • AS4 PW Fabric
  • Hexcel 8552
    • AS4 Unidirectional Tape
    • IM7 Unidirectional Tape
    • AS4 PW Fabric
  • Newport NCT4708
    • MR60H Unidirectional Tape
  • Toray (formerly TenCate) BT250E-6
    • IM7 GP Unidirectional Tape
    • AS4C 3K-PW Fabric
    • S2 Unidirectional Tape
  • Toray (formerly TenCate) TC250
    • 12k HTS40 PW Fabric

Thermosets Repair

  • Solvay (formerly Cytec) 5320-1 Repair

Thermoplastic Materials

  • Toray (formerly TenCate) TC1225 (Discontinued)
    • T700 Unidirectional Tape

NCAMP Proprietary Allowables & Specs

PROPRIETARY
Material Description Type of Material Contact
Toray 3960 T1100G Unitape Gr 192 RC 33.5%, 0.5" Slit Tape Thermoset Spirit AeroSystems
Toray 3960 T1100GC 24K 71E Unitape Prepreg 192gsm 33.5% RC Thermoset Toray
Toray 3960 T1100GC 12K 71E PW Prepreg 196gsm 35% RC Thermoset Toray
Solvay 5320-1 IM7 UNI 0.25" Slit Tape Thermoset NIAR ATLAS
Toray TC1225 PAEK T700 0.25" Slit Tape Thermoplastic NIAR ATLAS
Solvay APC PEKK-FC AS4 Unitape 0.25" Slit Tape Thermoplastic NIAR ATLAS
Victrex AE250 LM PAEK IM7 Unitape 0.25" Slit Tape Thermoplastic NIAR ATLAS
Toray 3960 T1100G UNI 0.25" Slit Tape Thermoset NIAR ATLAS
Hexcel 1078-1 HiTape IM7 0.25" Slit Tape VARTM NIAR ATLAS
Solvay EP2400 IMS65 TX1105 0.25" Slit Tape VARTM NIAR ATLAS
Renegade RM-3004 BMI Unitape BMI Stratolaunch
Renegade RM-3004 BMI PW BMI Stratolaunch
IHI ISAJT-K069 woven 3D orthogonal preform (Class A) CMC IHI

UPCOMING PUBLISHABLE
Material Description Type of Material
Solvay FM309-1M .06psf Adhesive
Solvay FM300-2 0.06psf Adhesive
Loctite EA 9394 Adhesive
Ti-6AL-4V, EOS M290 AM
Markforged ONYX FR AM
Hexcel HexAM HexPEKK-100 thermoplastic powder AM
Evonik HERO71 Foam Core Core
Hexcel HexWeb® HRH-10-1/8-3.0’, NOMEX® aramid fiber Core Core
Axiom AX-7800-DF11-5HS3000D Satin Weave Fabric Prepreg CMC
Solvay APC PEKK-FC AS4 Unitape Chopped Fiber Thermoplastic
Solvay EP2190 T650 3K PW Fabric RC 37% Thermoset
Victrex AE 250 T-071 AS4 12k Unitape Thermoplastic
Solvay EP2190 IMS65 Unitape Gr 145 RC 35% Thermoset
Solvay EP2190 IMS65 Unitape Gr 145 RC 35% 0.25” Slit Tape Thermoset
Solvay EP2750 199 2X2T T650-35 3K Thermoset
Hexcel M91 IM8-GP 6K ZB PW fabric Thermoset
Hexcel M91 IM8-GS 12K Unidirectional Thermoset

Hexcel FC100 ADGP370-8H 8H Fabric

Thermoset

Hexcel FC100 ADGP193ZB PW Fabric

Thermoset

Hexcel FC100 IM8 Unidirectional

Thermoset

Hexcel FC100 IM5 Unidirectional

Thermoset
Teijin Q183/IMS65 24K Unitape Thermoset
Teijin Q183/IMS65 2x2 Twill Fabric Thermoset
Solvay 5320-1 7781 Glass Thermoset
Solvay EP2400 VARTM with Tenax® Dry Reinforcements, Teijin Tenax® -E DRNF Bidiagonal VARTM
Solvay EP2400 VARTM with Tenax® Dry Reinforcements, Teijin Tenax® -E DRWF UD-fabric VARTM
Solvay EP2400 VARTM with Tenax® Dry Reinforcements, Teijin Tenax® -E DRWF UD-fabric VARTM
Solvay EP2400 VARTM with Tenax® Dry Reinforcements, Teijin Tenax® -E DRNF Biaxial VARTM
Solvay EP2400 VARTM with Tenax® Dry Reinforcements, Teijin Tenax® -E DRNF Bidiagonal VARTM

How do we get involved?

  • Interested in qualifying a material system or manufacturing test panels? 
    Contact Royal Lovingfoss at rlovingfoss@niar.wichita.edu or (316) 978-5317.
  • Interested in reviewing process reports before approval? 
    Sign up on the NCAMP portal.
  • Interested in receiving NCAMP Newsletters for new materials and updates?
    Sign up on the NCAMP portal.
  • Want to see the NCAMP-approved material systems?
    Visit the Allowables & Specs tab below.
Additional Documents

HYpothesis Testing of EQuivalence (HYTEQ)

Asymptotical Distributions, Parameters and Coverage Probabilities of Tolerance Limits (2007) by Xiaomi Hu

Simulation of Different Acceptance Criteria (2006) by Beth Clarkson, Ph.D.

Deriving Composite Lamina Properties from Laminate Properties Using Classical Lamination Theory and Failure Criteria (2005) by Yeow Ng

Simulation Programs (for educational purposes only) 
For the simulation programs below, mu is the population average, sigma is the population standard deviation, n is the sample size for basis value calculations and N is the number of basis value calculations

NCAMP in the News

NCAMP History

AGATE History

AGATE Shared Database Process
In recent years, NASA, industry and the FAA have worked together to help the aviation industry deliver more aircraft in less time by sharing central material qualification databases. This concept was first tested with the databases formed through the Advanced General Aviation Transport Experiments (AGATE), formed by NASA in 1995 and led by NIAR at WSU. The purpose of AGATE was to develop affordable new technology, industry standards and certification methods for general aviation aircraft.

Before AGATE, the traditional approach to qualifying materials meant individual companies used "customized" qualification programs, leading to detailed and expensive procedures for each company. Costs increased further as other procedures were established for structural testing, manufacturing control and repair. As a result, most programs were limited to using materials previously qualified for other programs, which led to using older, outdated material and not taking advantage of the latest technology and material advances in the industry.

With the creation of AGATE, the AGATE Shared Database Process was formed. The shared databases created using the AGATE process allowed a manufacturer to select a pre-approved composite material system to fabricate parts through a smaller subset of testing for a specific application (known as equivalency). The materials accepted into these shared databases required that the raw materials be manufactured in accordance with process control documents and material specifications, which impose control of the key physical, chemical and mechanical properties of the material.

Through the joint collaboration of two government agencies, NASA and FAA, AGATE was able to reduce the time required for certification of new composite materials by a factor of four and the cost of certification by a factor of 10. The timeline below highlights the progress AGATE made, leading to NCAMP.agate history

Allowables & Specs

NCAMP Reports and Specifications

All the documents in this page have been reviewed and approved by NCAMP members through the NCAMP Portal.  For information regarding the acceptability of NCAMP-published allowables and specifications, please refer to the the FAA Policy Memorandum AIR100-2010-120-003 and EASA Certification Memorandum CM-S-004.

Additive Manufacturing Materials

Thermoset Materials

Thermoplastic Materials

NMS 818 Carbon Fiber Specifications

ACN Record