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?

  • Cytec 5215 (Discontinued)
    • T40-0800 Unitape
    • T650 3k-PW
    • T650 6k-5HS
  • Cytec 5250-5 (Discontinued)
    • T650 Unitape
    • T650 3k-70-PW
    • T650 6k-5HS
  • Cytec 5320-1
    • T650 Unitape
    • T650 3k-PW
  • Cytec EP2202
    • IMG7 Unitape
    • T650 3k-70-PW
  • Cytec (formerly ACG) MTM45-1
    • Style 7781 E Glass
    • Style 6781 S2 Glass
    • 3K PW G30-500 Fabric
    • 12K AS4 Unidirectional
    • 12K HTS5631 Unidirectional (HTS40)
    • 12K HT55
    • IM7 Unidirectional
    • AS4 PW
  • Hexcel 8552
    • AS4 Unitape
    • IM7 Unitape
    • AS4 PW
  • Newport NCT4708
    • 47108 Unitape
  • Toray (formerly TenCate) BT250E-6
    • IM7 GP Unidirectional
    • AS4C 3K-PW
    • S2 Unidirectional
  • Toray (formerly TenCate) TC250
    • 12k HTS40

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.
  • 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.