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Wichita State University: $9.6M reduces the costs of manufactured parts by using composites

Program:

Industry Resilience

As a result of an OEA Industry Resilience Investment (benefitting all services), Wichita State University created the Advanced Technologies Lab for Aerospace Systems (ATLAS) at its National Institute for Aviation Research.   This new capability allowed the Air Force to award a $23.5 million contract in 2019 for work to model manufacturing using composites.  This “Modeling for Affordable, Sustainable Composites” project yields a certification framework for automated manufacturing of advanced structures and bonded joints, validating high-fidelity composite repair analysis techniques, and assesses aging composite structures for life extension and structural enhancements.