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Sandia conducts alternative pyroshock testing

A 100lb solid steel projectile, fired from Sandia National Laboratories’ 6in gas gun, impacts material on a resonant bar attached to a test article. The impact initiates a wave that travels through the resonant bar assembly into the test article, simulating a stage separation pyroshock event.

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06 September, 2017



Flying Test Bed farewell

As GE's original B747 flying testbed heads for retirement, hear from the pilots who flew the aircraft for more than 25 years with 39 different engine builds.

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21 August, 2017


 

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National Institute for Aviation Research

1845 Fairmount St
Wichita, KS 67260-0093
USA

Email: taldag@niar.wichita.edu
Web: http://www.niar.wichita.edu
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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