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National Institute for Aviation Research

1845 Fairmount St
Wichita, KS 67260-0093

Tel: 1-316-978-5597

The National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) at Wichita State University is a unique R&D facility focused on providing testing and certification for airframe technologies. Working under nondisclosure agreements, NIAR has a staff of 400 and 320,000 square feet of laboratory and office space in four locations across the city of Wichita, Kansas, the Air Capital of the World. Laboratories include:

• Advanced coatings: R&D for paint and coatings including customized formulation of interior and exterior high-performance coatings; material/process evaluation and optimization; coatings application process improvement; and product testing to military, OEM and industry specs

• Aging Aircraft: Investigations into the effects of age on commercial and military aircraft
Ballistics and Impact Dynamics: testing and materials research associated with high-energy projectile impacts of aircraft structure, equipment and components. The lab is designed specifically to better understand the dynamics of impact and material performance.

• CAD/CAM: CATIA and ENOVIA courses instruction. CATIA consulting services

• Composites & Advanced Materials: Lay-up and bonding operations to understand the effects of heat, moisture, contamination and repairs on advanced materials.

• Mechanical Test: Static and fatigue testing for composites and metals to generate material strength allowables and evaluate material properties.

• Computational Mechanics: development and application of numerical methods in areas of: Crashworthiness, Injury biomechanics, Structures, Numerical optimization techniques, Virtual product development, Certification

• Crash Dynamics: research, testing and certification for transportation seats and restraints systems under dynamic impact conditions

• Environmental Test and Electromagnetic Effects: equipment and technical expertise needed to meet environmental standards regulated by the FAA technical standard orders using RTCA DO-160.

• Full-scale Structural Test: assesses the structural performance and durability of aerospace and related structures by performing full-scale and component testing (static, durability and damage tolerance), pressure cyclic testing, hail strike testing and material testing.

• Nondestructive Test: R&D services in NDT; standard and specialized NDT training

• Reverse Engineering: 3D models, prototypes and replacement parts from physical parts and products.

• Robotics & Automation: Tests and automates systems and processes. Serves as a full-scale integrator of robotics and automation components. 40 robots of various sizes and brands.

• Virtual Reality Center: develops applied research and provides technical expertise in PLM/virtual reality and associated technologies

• Walter H. Beech Wind Tunnel: an atmospheric, return type, closed-throat, subsonic wind tunnel with a test section seven feet high, 10 feet wide and 12 foot long. Air speeds in the test section can reach in excess of 200 mph.


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