SAE International and NCAMP Announce Agreement to Develop Global Aerospace Material and Process Standards

April 2, 2019


SAE International and the National Center for Advanced Materials Performance (NCAMP) of Wichita State University (WSU) have signed an agreement to collaborate on the development of globally harmonized aerospace material and process specifications for advanced materials in the aerospace and air transport industries.

“SAE International is pleased to partner with NCAMP on the development of aerospace material and process specifications for advanced materials for new design as well as repair,” David Alexander, Director of Aerospace Standards for SAE International, said. “By utilizing industry consensus SAE Aerospace Material Specifications (AMS) with associated PRI Qualified Products Lists, the aerospace industry benefits from the availability of pedigreed materials which meet the requirements of aviation regulations pertaining to material qualification and control.”

The agreement encompasses material and process specifications for composites, which are developed by the SAE AMS P-17, Polymer Matrix Composites Committee and non-metal additive manufacturing, which are developed by the SAE AMS-AM Nonmetals Committee.

“NCAMP’s continued partnership with SAE will benefit industry users by providing multiple options for specifications, all linked to a public NCAMP material property qualification database”, said John Tomblin, NCAMP director and WSU vice president for research and technology transfer. “By continuing to implement the model set in place with composites in 2010, NCAMP databases will benefit industry worldwide as both the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) accept the values developed through the NCAMP process.”

FAA Policy Memo AIR100-2010-120-003, Acceptance of Composite Specifications and Design Values Developed, which recognizes the NCAMP Process, identified NCAMP’s intention to work closely with SAE International to convert NCAMP specifications to SAE AMS specifications.  One outcome of the MOU will enable the aerospace industry to utilize either NCAMP Material Specifications or SAE Aerospace Material Specifications, depending upon which specification meet their needs. 

SAE International’s Aerospace Standards repository includes nearly 8,500 documents. Its 350 committees are comprised of 10,000 experts from 56 countries. They represent industry (airframers, suppliers, operators, MROs), regulatory authorities, military agencies, researchers, and consultants.  Document development serves the full spectrum of aerospace businesses in both the commercial and military sectors thereby meeting the engineering, advanced technology, safety, regulatory, and defense needs of a world market.

SAE International is a global association committed to advancing mobility knowledge and solutions for the benefit of humanity. By engaging nearly 200,000 engineers, technical experts and volunteers, we connect and educate mobility professionals to enable safe, clean, and accessible mobility solutions. We act on two priorities: encouraging a lifetime of learning for mobility engineering professionals and setting the standards for industry engineering. We strive for a better world through the work of our philanthropic SAE Foundation, including programs like A World in Motion® and the Collegiate Design Series™.

NCAMP works with the FAA, as well as other government and industry partners to qualify advanced material systems and populate a shared materials database that can be viewed publicly. NCAMP provides the nation’s commercial and military aviation industry with a center for the validation and quality assurance of composites and advanced materials through data-sharing among multiple users, statistical continuity and reduced testing. NCAMP works closely with the Composite Materials Handbook-17 (CMH-17) to approve advanced material specification and design values. NCAMP is part of the National Institute for Aviation Research at Wichita State University and stemmed from NASA's Advanced General Aviation Transport Experiment (AGATE). www.niar.wichita.edu/ncamp


Press Release

U.S. Department of Commerce invests $2 Million to support the manufacturing industry in Wichita, Kansas

March 22, 2019
Contact: EDA Public Affairs Department, (202) 482-4085

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $2 million grant to Wichita State University (WSU) of Wichita, Kansas, to purchase equipment needed to support regional manufacturing growth and training. According to grantee estimates, the project is expected to create 150 jobs.

“The Trump Administration continues to rebuild the American manufacturing sector in communities across the country,” said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. “This investment will help Wichita State University spur new manufacturing ventures in the region while training workers to support this resurgent industry.”

“Wichita State University is doing great things for the Wichita economy – and the Kansas workforce,” said Governor Laura Kelly. “Their innovative, entrepreneurial approach to education is strengthening our state, one partnership at a time. We are working together to develop resources and infrastructure to support the advanced manufacturing industry, to keep up with technology in order to maximize production and the skills needed in the workforce to provide local employers a competitive advantage in the global economy.”

“Wichita State continues to be a shining example of how public-private partnerships can provide students with hands-on learning experiences while bolstering communities,” said Senator Moran. “Wichita’s continued emphasis on shaping and designing an education platform to align with 21st Century workforce needs is critical as we work to continue fueling the manufacturing and aviation industries. The EDA grant will support the purchase of necessary advanced manufacturing equipment, and, in turn, create over 150 new jobs in the region. As chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee which funds the EDA, I will continue to highlight the strengths of our Universities and industries within the state, allowing them to capitalize on these opportunities.”

“It’s great to see Wichita State University receiving this grant, created after we passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” said Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) “There’s no better place than our very own air capital of the world, for the technical training and manufacturing jobs this grant will help create.”

“Wichita State is a leader in education and workforce development,” said Congressman Ron Estes. “Today’s announcement reinforces their commitment to our manufacturing industries and provides a catalyst for growth in this area thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act’s Opportunity Zones. I’m grateful for the Trump administration and Secretary Ross for recognizing WSU and Wichita as a worthy recipient of this grant funding.”

This investment will help purchase necessary advanced manufacturing equipment to establish the Automated Technology Laboratory for Advanced Structures (ATLAS) at WSU. The ATLAS initiative at WSU will help industry leaders in the region increase the quality and production of commercial and defense aircraft. This project was made possible by the regional planning efforts led by the South Central Kansas Economic Development District (SCKEDD). EDA funds the SCKEDD to bring together the public and private sectors to create an economic development roadmap to strengthen the regional economy, support private capital investment and create jobs.

The funding announced today goes to a Tax Cuts and Jobs Act designated Opportunity Zone, which means even greater investment incentives for private sector participation.

About the U.S. Economic Development Administration (www.eda.gov)
The mission of the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) is to lead the federal economic development agenda by promoting competitiveness and preparing the nation's regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy. An agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce, EDA makes investments in economically distressed communities in order to create jobs for U.S. workers, promote American innovation, and accelerate long-term sustainable economic growth.

Press Release

WSU team creates robotic 3D-printed hand for local boy

March 22
By WSU Strategic Communications

Chase Rawlings, a 3rd grader at Ewalt Elementary in Augusta, was born without a fully developed left hand. When his mother heard about the technology and talent available at Wichita State in the area of 3D printing, she reached out.

Engineering major Chelsea Sewell and Brian Brown, director of the Robotics and Automation Lab at WSU, got together to think about what they could do for chase. 

The result: A 3D-printed robotic hand created right here at Wichita State. The first hand will be used as a prototype for Sewell to improve on in the future. In the meantime, she says, Chase gets to be "the cool one in the classroom." 

WSU News

Local engineer invents technology to save wind turbines from lightning damage

March 8, 2019
Krystle Sherrell - KSN

Billy Martin is an engineer at WSU's National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR). He is working to stop lightning damage to wind turbines. 

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) - Billy Martin is an engineer at WSU's National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR). He is working to stop lightning damage to wind turbines. 

His invention is gaining quite a bit of attention. He is using decades of experience in aviation and lightning protection to create an idea that could change the game for repairing wind turbines. 

"It will just split the blade apart at the top," said Martin. 

His idea will save the blades of wind turbines from costly damage. 

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Dassault Systèmes Tackles Tech Adoption Problems

By Bruce Morey - Contributing Editor

Today’s virtual technology enables faster and better product development. Planes, trains and automobiles are defined in CAD, subjected to virtual tests to see how they might fail,
re-designed, virtually manufactured and virtually shown to customers to confirm market accep-tance. Yet, it still takes three to five years to develop planes, trains and automobiles (or their subsystems), according to Jeff Smith, director of the Aerospace & Defense Ideas Lab at Dassault Systèmes. Smith thinks this is a problem that needs to be solved.

Perhaps surprisingly, the problem is not inherent in these virtual tools. It is created by how companies use and adopt them.

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America Makes releases FDM database
March 4, 2019
Aerospace Manufacturing and Design

The Ultem 9085 Type I database for fused deposition modeling (FDM) additive manufacturing (AM) will further use of Type I certified material for aircraft interior components.

The database was developed from an America Makes applied research and development (R&D) project, “High-Performance Additive Manufactured Thermoplastics,” led by rp+m, in conjunction with Stratasys Inc., Wichita State University - National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) and the National Center for Advanced Material Performance (NCAMP), and Lockheed Martin Missile and Fire Control, with NIAR research funding from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

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High-fidelity inspections of composites

Waruna Seneviratne
Aerospace Testing International Showcase 2019

Researchers have developed an ultrasonic inspection tool for assessing damage in advanced composite materials and structures.

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WSU Researcher Finds Better Way To Protect Wind Turbines From Lightning

 WSU Environmental Test Lab director Billy Martin applies the special wrap he invented to the end of a wind turbine blade.

December 28, 2018

Researchers at Wichita State University have found a better way to protect wind turbines from costly lightning strikes.

When lightning strikes the blade of a wind turbine it can blow the tip right off. That means costly repairs and unexpected downtime for the wind turbine.

WSU’s Environmental Test Lab director Billy Martin says that’s a big problem for the companies that own and operate them in places like Kansas, which are prone to storms with lightning. Especially since the protection systems already on most turbines aren’t that good.

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Digital Manufacturing is Streamlining Innovation

Digital manufacturing is streamlining innovation

December 19, 2018
By Jeff Kerns 

In today’s market, even large companies need flexibility. One of the ways some companies achieve this is through undertaking projects separate from their regular operations, and sometimes in different locations. Whether they are called innovation centers or accelerators, the goal of these endeavors is the same: Bring something new to market, and do it fast.

Companies have achieved success through physical separation and working in small groups. Festo has done this for years, developing its Bionic program. Recently, I was given the opportunity to visit the new Innovation Campus at Wichita State University (WSU) in Kansas. I didn’t know much about this area, but that changed quickly while I toured the new Dassault Systèmes 3DEXPERIENCE Center.

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NIAR's NCAMP qualifying TenCate thermoplastic composite

December 16, 2018

The National Center for Advanced Materials Performance (NCAMP), a laboratory within the National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) at Wichita State University (Wichita, KS, US), reports that it is performing a full qualification on TenCate Cetex TC1225 T700GC 12K T1E unidirectional tape, 145 gsm with 34% resin content. The material is a low-melt polyaryletherketone (LM PAEK) that has a processing temperature of 50-75°C less than typical PAEK materials.

Rachael Andrulonis, senior research engineer at NIAR, told CW, “For this qualification program, an industry steering committee has been involved in the development of a test matrix best suited for the material type and potential applications. As this is the first PAEK thermoplastic NCAMP qualification, a number of trial studies (physical and mechanical) were completed prior to qualification testing. At this time, the prepreg material and most panels have been fabricated and delivered to NIAR. We are currently preparing the panels for machining and will begin testing in the next month. All mechanical and physical tests will be completed in 2019.”

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Wichita's innovation capabilities catch the eye of NASA

NASA administrator says his organization hopes to increasingly leverage the aeronautical capabilities of the city and Wichita State University.

December 1, 2018
By   – Reporter, Wichita Business Journal

NASA administrator says his organization hopes to increasingly leverage the aeronautical capabilities of the city and Wichita State University.

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  Manufacturing Leaders’ Summit: Accelerating innovation in aerospace

November 22, 2018
By Jonny Williamson

Competitiveness and continuously increasing production rates fuel the need for aerospace and defence manufacturers to transform towards digital factories, utilising automation, augmented reality, IoT and analytics.

Dassault Systémes’ A&D specialist, Enrico Scharlock took to the mainstage to discuss how aerospace is already taking significant steps to leverage innovative technologies in their factories.

Airbus and Boeing both had booming 2017s in terms of deliveries and orders.

The world’s largest aerospace manufacturers – Airbus and Boeing – both had booming 2017s in terms of deliveries and orders.

Airbus received 1,109 orders and delivered 718 finished aircraft. Boeing received 912 orders but managed to deliver 763 finished aircraft (an industry record).

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Here’s how Wichita State could help the Air Force save money, fly its planes longer

Air Force Under Secretary Matthew Donovan, left, listens to Chris Rempe, manager of the reverse engineering and additive manufacturing lab at Wichita State University, during a tour Friday.

November 9, 2018

Wichita State University’s National Institute for Aviation Research could help the Air Force keep its planes flying longer and at less cost.

That’s what Air Force Under Secretary Matthew Donovan told reporters Friday following tours of NIAR’s facilities at the Kansas Coliseum and Experiential Engineering Building on the Innovation Campus.

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#RethinkSchool: Creating Pathways and Closing the Skills Gap
October 4, 2018
By Scott Stump

During the Back to School tour, I had the pleasure of touring the National Center for Aviation Training in Wichita, Kansas on my first stop on my tour through Kansas, Oklahoma, Kentucky and Tennessee. The National Center for Aviation Training (NCAT) offers a variety of aviation degree and certificate programs to students who can begin their path toward becoming skilled professionals in an aviation-related field. NCAT prides itself on its state-of-the-art aviation training facility and its ability to provide quality experiences and skills that prepare students for future careers in aviation such as Aerostructures, Avionics, Composites and Aviation Maintenance. NCAT was primarily funded and built by Sedgwick County, Kansas to meet aviation manufacturing workforce demand. Wichita Area Technical College (WSU Tech) serves as the managing partner for the Center, partnering with Wichita State University’s National Institute for Aviation Research, to provide industry-driven training courses.

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F-35A JSF could triple expected lifetime

September 21, 2018
Defence Connect

Just how much longer, neither manufacturer Lockheed Martin nor the F-35 Joint Program Office in the Pentagon is yet prepared to say.

But testing showed the F-35A airframe could achieve a simulated 24,000 flight hours or three full lifetimes.

Lockheed Martin says that it has confidence in a potential service-life increase.

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ASTM International rolls out $300,000 to fund standards for 3D printing

September 19, 2018

Global standards developer ASTM International has announced its first round of funding to support the development of standards for the additive manufacturing industry.

NASA, the UK’s Manufacturing Technology Center (MTC), EWI, Auburn University and the National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) at Wichita State University will all benefit from the fund, with each body responsible for a different focus area.

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F-35 stress tests raise possibility of longer service life

September 18, 2018
By Garrett Reim

After completing static, drop and durability testing on the F-35A, Lockheed Martin believes that early results indicate potential for an increased service life certification of the stealth fighter.

The F-35’s service lifetime is designed to be 8,000h, but each test airframe is required to successfully complete two lifetimes of testing, the equivalent of 16,000h. The F-35A exceeded the requirement by completing three full lifetimes of testing, 24,000h, prompting Lockheed to moot the potential service-life extension.

“We look forward to analyzing the results and bringing forward the data to potentially extend the aircraft’s lifetime certification even further,” said Greg Ulmer, Lockheed Martin’s vice president and general manager of the F-35 program. “Already certified for one of the longest lifetimes of any fighter, an increase would greatly reduce future costs for all F-35 customers over several decades to come.”

NIAR makes strides in additive manufacturing and automated composites technologies

automated composite panel The newly established Automated Technologies Laboratory for Advanced Structures (ATLAS) at NIAR recently produced its first automated composite panel using a three-axis gantry-style automated tape-laying machine with three-inch tape.

September 13, 2018
Senior Editor, CompositesWorld

The National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR, Wichita, KS, US) is an industry-focused research institute at WSU, home to one of the world's leading aerospace engineering programs. As such, NIAR plans to be engaged in the center of excellence's R&D activities, education and workforce development efforts, and other functions and programs.

On Aug. 21 global standards leader ASTM International (West Conshohocken, PA, US) announced that NIAR will join its Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence as its first "strategic" partner. ASTM International and four founding partners recently launched the center to support R&D that advances additive manufacturing standards, which in turn will drive commercialization of cutting-edge additive manufacturing technologies.

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WSU National Institute for Aviation Research joins additive manufacturing Center of Excellence 
August 22, 2018
By Tia Vialva

ASTM International, a worldwide technical standards organization, has announcedWichita State University’s (WSU) National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) as a new strategic partner for its Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence.

Earlier this year, ASTM International and founding partners NASA, EWI, and Auburn University, established the Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence within EWI’s North American facility and Auburn’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering in Alabama. 

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  Airbus accelerates innovation at the 3DEXPERIENCE Center Wichita
August 1, 2018
By The Manufacturer

Airbus has significantly sped up product development by working with Dassault Systèmes and the National Institute for Aviation Research at Wichita State University at the 3DEXPERIENCE Center Wichita.

Everywhere you look, new innovations are disrupting the aerospace market.

As we enter the second century of powered flight, there is an explosion of new innovation. Everywhere you look, new innovations are disrupting the aerospace market.

Autonomous flying vehicles will help issues around urban mobility. The commercialisation of space will reignite our exploration of space. Drones may deliver packages to our front door. Everywhere you look, new innovations are disrupting the aerospace market.

These waves of innovation are part of a new industrial renaissance with the rise of new technologies creating new ways of living, working, interacting, innovating and business models in the 21st century.

The lines are blurring between the virtual and real world. Augmented and virtual reality allow groups scattered across the globe to work together as if they are in the same room.

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The Marines Are Still Trying To Figure Out When Their F-35Bs Might Literally Fall Apart
June 14, 2018

Earlier in June 2018, anyone driving on the highways near the city of Wichita, Kansas might have caught a glimpse of what seemed to be a UFO on the back of a large flatbed truck. What they were actually looking at is part of the work being done to answer the very important question of just how long an F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is supposed to last before it's no longer airworthy. So far, the U.S. Air Force's F-35As and U.S. Navy's F-35Cs look to be as durable as expected, but tests on an example of the U.S. Marine Corps's F-35B have exposed more serious issues.

On June 6, 2018, the F-35 aircraft, an A model, arrived at Wichita State University’s National Institute for Aviation Research, or NIAR, as part of the Joint Strike Fighter program's durability testing regimen. Manufacturer Lockheed Martin had sent the jet from its Fort Worth plant to the research facility so that specialists could tear it down and inspect its internal structure to determine whether it had adequately withstood earlier tests. At present, the F-35A, B, and C are all supposed to have a lifespan of 8,000 flight hours.

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Spirit AeroSystems expanding to Wichita State campus

Spirit AeroSystems will occupy an 8,000-square-foot office on the second floor of the new Partnership 2 Building on Wichita State University's innovation Campus.

Spirit AeroSystems will occupy an 8,000-square-foot office on the second floor of the new Partnership 2 Building on Wichita State University's innovation Campus.

April 5, 2018

Spirit AeroSystems will lease 8,000 square feet of space in a new building weeks from opening at Wichita State University's Innovation Campus, the company and university announced Thursday.

Spirit CEO Tom Gentile said the new space— the aircraft supplier's first physical location on the WSU campus — will help with recruiting new engineers for full-time jobs as well as student internships.

"It's important for us to be around that kind of talent," he said.

Gentile said WSU engineering students will help Spirit with its new product development work and longer-term research projects. Those students will working as paid interns or as part of their course work.

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