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Wichita State University's National Institute for Aviation Research and Dassault Systemes will partner on an advanced manufacturing center on the Innovation Campus.

The 3DExperience Center, which will be located within the Experiential Engineering Building, will focus on enabling advanced product development and manufacturing of next generation manufacturing materials and technologies. The center is expected to open in the fourth quarter of 2016.

The center will employ students and up to eight staff from Dassault Systemes, a global company serving 190,000 customers in 12 industries and 140 countries. The center will be available to industry and for university research and coursework.

"The whole learning model of classroom learning, practicing in a lab environment and performing production work with one of the industry partners is embodied in the 3DExperience Center," said Jeff Smith, director, Ideas Lab, aerospace and defense industry, Dassault Systemes. "Students will be able to engage in the future of advanced product development and manufacturing."

The 3DExperience Center will focus on enabling advanced product development and manufacturing, next generation manufacturing materials and technologies using Dassault Systemes' 3DExperience platform and brand applications, including:

  • Development of new engineered materials
  • Simulation and optimization of materials, additive manufacturing processes and systems
  • Multi-Robotic Advanced Manufacturing
  • Certification of the end-to-end process


"Dassault Systemes is an essential partner in WSU's Innovation Campus, a world-class center where researchers, students and industry come together to experience their ideas," said John Tomblin, WSU vice president for research and technology transfer and NIAR executive director. "The 3DExperience Center provides the capability to go from the concept, to a full experience of the idea, to the realization of seeing that idea being developed and manufactured. It will be a core enabler of additive manufacturing in aerospace as well as other industries."

Additive manufacturing promises companies the ability to design any shape without restriction, giving the opportunity to create a paradigm shift in the industry. Manufacturers can reduce waste by up to 90 percent and eliminate mistakes that impact quality and cost.

"Additive manufacturing has high potential for aerospace and other industries and goes far beyond just 3D printing. It requires an understanding of new materials down to the molecular level, how those materials perform under any scenario, how they can be expediently and cost-effectively manufactured and how each piece of the ultimate system can be certified," said Michel Tellier, vice president, aerospace and defense industry, Dassault Systemes. "The center will leverage the 3DExperience platform's immersive and robotic applications and Dassault Systemes' expertise in materials and simulation. Tomorrow's materials will push the evolution of airplane design, production and operation into a new era."

Funding for the laboratory equipment was provided by a $1.9 million U.S. Economic Development Administration grant awarded in 2014. It is being configured and tested in NIAR's Robotics and Automation Lab at the National Center for Aviation Training.

For more information, visit: www.niar.wichita.edu

Aircraft manufacturer Airbus has donated aircraft structural parts and kits worth more than $800,000 to Wichita State University’s National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) for use in its research laboratories and training classes. Airbus donated an elevator for a horizontal tail and two APU change kits.

NIAR researchers John Tomblin and Waruna Seneviratne will use the articles for composite-metal hybrid structural durability and damage tolerance research programs and advance composites hands-on training classes that include composite fabrication, repair and testing. The advanced hands-on composite training class was first developed working with the John Papadatos, head of engineering and site director of Airbus Wichita. The class has been offered for Airbus engineers three times since 2011.

“This is a prime example of the benefit of partnerships between the aviation industry and universities,” said John Tomblin, NIAR executive director. “We’re grateful for Airbus’ investment in furthering aviation research and education and look forward to the existing potential in the growing partnership between Airbus and NIAR.”

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., has been a long-time supporter of NIAR and helped foster the partnership between the two entities.

“Airbus is a great community partner and this investment demonstrates their significant commitment to Wichita and to Kansas,” said Moran. “This generous contribution will provide students at NIAR with invaluable aviation research tools, helping to establish Wichita as a place for aviation companies and their leaders.”

“Airbus is pleased to support Wichita State University and education of the next generation of leaders in this industry,” said Barry Eccleston, president and CEO of Airbus Americas. “We already have a good partnership with WSU and are pleased they can use our donation for teaching and research.”  

For more information, visit: www.niar.wichita.edu

Wichita State University's National Institute for Aviation Research will be testing aircraft components in the former Britt Brown Arena at the Kansas Coliseum by year end.

Earlier this week, WSU officials and developer Johnny Stevens signed a 10-year lease agreement that will allow NIAR to remodel the arena, which formerly seated 10,000 spectators for events including concerts, professional wrestling, college basketball and professional hockey. The lease includes three five-year options.

"Securing the Britt Brown Arena for NIAR is a tremendous opportunity for Wichita State and our community," said interim provost and professor Keith Pickus. "Not only will NIAR be able to enhance its research and testing capacities, but WSU's presence in the former Coliseum ensures the continued viability of an important community investment."

The newly remodeled facility will house NIAR's Aircraft Structural Testing and Evaluation Center, most of which is located at Hawker Beechcraft's Plant 1. The move will allow the rapidly growing laboratories the space to expand and take on more work.

When remodeling work is complete, the former arena will include approximately 100,000 square feet of laboratory space and 30,000 square feet of office space on two levels with client observation and work areas and a 30-by-70 foot hangar door on the south end.

"NIAR anticipates full occupancy by the year end, with limited occupancy prior to that," said NIAR executive director John Tomblin. "We will more than double the amount of current full-scale structural testing space that exists now and greatly expand the ability to test larger aircraft."

The facility has a clearance height of 48 feet and clear span of more than 240 feet. This will allow testing and research on aircraft including unmanned aerial vehicles, business jets, commercial aircraft and military aircraft.

NIAR's Full-Scale Structural Test Lab tests full-size aircraft parts such as fuselage sections, cockpits, wings and stabilizers before they go into production to ensure they will be able to withstand the forces they will experience during flight. This type of testing also helps to determine the optimum lifespan of aircraft.

This testing will occur on the former arena floor, where Garth Brooks once sold out shows. Offices for the Full-Scale Structural Test Lab will be located in areas that once housed concessions and walkways for spectators.

The former arena will also house additional laboratories that are located at Hawker Beechcraft (HBC), including the Aging Aircraft Lab and the Metrology Lab. NIAR's Environmental Test Labs are also located at HBC, but there are no plans to relocate those facilities at this time.

The Aging Aircraft Lab will share some of the arena floor space and will also occupy the former Thunder Hockey dressing rooms with nondestructive testing and paint removal equipment. Its offices will exist on the second floor in areas that formerly housed concessions, walkways and second-tier seating.

The Aging Aircraft Lab performs structural teardown, failure analysis and nondestructive inspection, including ultrasonic inspection of retired military and commercial aircraft. Programs on the lab's schedule include continuing with the KC-135 tanker analysis program and additional programs including the C-130, Boeing 707, Boeing E-6 and programs for the Federal Aviation Administration.

The Metrology Lab will occupy space on the first floor where storage and workshop space currently exists. This lab is responsible for ensuring that the laboratory equipment used at NIAR is reliable and accurate. The lab also performs this type of work for outside clients to calibrate equipment such as power supplies, timing devices, thermometers, ovens, environmental chambers, scales, accelerometers, PSI gauges and altimeters.

A portion of NIAR's Composite and Advanced Materials Lab will also be housed at the former arena. It will perform testing similar to that of the Full-Scale Structural Test Lab, but on a smaller scale.

Because of ITAR-restricted and proprietary client testing, the facility will be restricted to clients and scheduled guests only. The facility parking areas will also be secured and separate from those of the Kansas Pavilions. The pavilions will not lose parking spaces as a result of the agreement. When the remodel is complete, the public will be invited to an open house to see the transformation.

The National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) at Wichita State University supports the aviation industry by providing research, development, testing and certification services to manufacturers, government agencies and education entities. NIAR laboratories include: Advanced Coatings, Advanced Joining & Processing, Aging Aircraft, CAD/CAM, Composites & Advanced Materials, Computational Mechanics, Crash Dynamics, Environmental Test, Full-Scale Structural Test, Mechanical Test, Metrology, Nondestructive Test, Research Machine Shop, Virtual Reality and the Walter H. Beech Wind Tunnel. NIAR operates on a nonprofit budget that has steadily increased to more than $49 million in fiscal year 2011. NIAR is the largest university aviation R&D institution in the United States. With its location in Wichita, Kan., the Air Capital of the World, NIAR is able to integrate business, government and university entities in cooperative efforts to advance aviation technology. NIAR operates more than 250,000 square feet of laboratory and office space and employs 350. Clients include Boeing, Bombardier Learjet, Cessna, Hawker Beechcraft and Spirit AeroSystems.

For more information, visit: www.niar.wichita.edu

The inaugural Aerospace Structural Impact Dynamics International Conference is being held in Wichita November 6-9, 2012.

Authors are invited to submit abstracts on topics related, but not limited to the following topics. Abstracts are due no later than May 1, 2012 to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

  • Aerospace Crashworthiness
  • Crashworthiness of Composites and Metallic Aerospace Structures
  • Structural Design
  • Experimental and Computational Methods
  • Ditching/Soil Impact
  • Crashworthiness of Aircraft Interiors:
  • Aerospace vATD Developments
  • Advanced Restraint Systems
  • Aerospace Seat Modeling Techniques: Computational and Experimental methods
  • Certification by Analysis Methodology
  • Seat Structures
  • Installations
  • High Velocity Impact
  • Bird Strike Analysis
  • Hail Impact
  • Foreign Object Damage
  • Composite and Metallic Materials-Dynamic Behavior Material Characterization: Experimental and Computational Methods

Registration for the conference is $150 and includes:

  • Admittance to presentations on Nov. 6, 7
  • Breakfast, lunch and refreshments on Nov. 6, 7
  • Networking event at the Kansas Cosmosphere including transportation, museum admission and dinner with guest speaker Matthew Mellis, NASA Glenn Research Center.
  • Facilities tours

The conference will provide a forum for researchers, regulatory agencies and industry professionals to present and discuss the latest aerospace crashworthiness regulations, techniques, technologies and research. Partners and sponsors of the conference include the National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR), Airbus, Advanced Composite Structures Australia, Boeing, DLR (German Aerospace Center), the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

For more information, visit: www.niar.wichita.edu/impactconference

Wichita State University has risen to second among the nation’s universities in aeronautical research and development expenditures, according to the latest information from the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics.

In fiscal year 2009, Wichita State had $50 million in aeronautical R&D expenditures, compared to $32.9 million in 2008. Wichita State was fourth in 2008 and third in 2007. This $17 million increase in expenditures puts Wichita State just over $1 million behind the top institution, Utah State University, which reported $51.6 million and operates the Space Dynamics Laboratory.

Wichita State’s numbers reflect the efforts of the National Institute for Aviation Research’s (NIAR) mission to support the local aviation industry by providing research, development, testing and certification.

“I am pleased for the staff at NIAR and everyone who works with us,” said Don Beggs, WSU president. “We work hard to move the industry forward and our No. 2 ranking is indicative of our continued leadership in aviation.”

“It demonstrates that the industry recognizes that research and development play a key role in the economic recovery phase,” said John Tomblin, NIAR executive director. “Because of this and other innovative new partnerships, the institute has experienced unprecedented growth.”

NIAR funding totaled $39.4 million in 2009, which accounted for 79 percent of the university’s aeronautical R&D expenditures. NIAR funding for 2009 was made up of the following sources:

•    Federal contracts, 49 percent
•    Industry contracts, 32 percent
•    NIAR/Industry/State research program, 13 percent
•    Wichita State University, 3 percent
•    Kansas Technology Enterprise Corp., 2 percent

Examples of NIAR’s federal contracts include grants from the Federal Aviation Administration for composites research and the Department of Defense for aging aircraft research, specifically life extension of the KC-135 tanker fleet.

“This investment will help to create good high-paying jobs right here in Kansas,” said Gov. Sam Brownback.  “With this strong commitment by Wichita State and our other Regents institutions, Kansas will compete and win in the global marketplace.”

Tomblin has spent nearly 15 years developing relationships with these and other agencies to prove NIAR’s expertise and capability in many areas of aeronautical R&D.

“The amount of R&D funding NIAR receives from federal agencies and aircraft manufacturers is a direct reflection of the value the organizations place in R&D and the quality of the research results they receive,” Tomblin said. “NIAR will continue to garner relationships with these and other organizations with the goal of increasing our footprint on aviation R&D.”

Wichita State’s large amount of industry funding was recently noted in an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education, which stated that few universities exceed 5 percent in industry funding. The article predicts that the relationship Wichita State has developed with the aviation industry could “pave the way” for other universities to increase industry funding of research.

The Johns Hopkins University was listed as the top spender in the original NSF table. However, according to Ronda Britt, survey manager for the NSF’s National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, Johns Hopkins “reported zero dollars in aeronautical/astronautical engineering for FY 2009.” Expenditures listed in this category belong to the Advanced Physics Laboratory, a center for engineering, research and development responsible for 600 programs involving homeland security and space science. The lab is primarily funded by federal government agencies.

The National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) at Wichita State University supports the aviation industry by providing research, development, testing and certification services to manufacturers, government agencies and education entities. NIAR laboratories include: Advanced Coatings, Advanced Joining & Processing, Aging Aircraft, CAD/CAM, Composites & Advanced Materials, Computational Mechanics, Crash Dynamics, Environmental Test, Full-Scale Structural Test, Mechanical Test, Metrology, Nondestructive Test, Research Machine Shop, Virtual Reality and the Walter H. Beech Wind Tunnel. NIAR operates on a nonprofit budget that has steadily increased to more than $45 million in fiscal year 2010. NIAR is the largest university aviation R&D institution in the U.S. With its location in Wichita, Kan., the “Air Capital of the World,” NIAR is able to integrate business, government and university entities in cooperative efforts to advance aviation technology. NIAR operates more than 250,000 square feet of laboratory and office space and employs 350. Clients include Boeing, Bombardier Learjet, Cessna, Hawker Beechcraft and Spirit AeroSystems.

For more information, visit: www.niar.twsu.edu

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