The Full-Scale Structural Test Lab at Wichita State University’s National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) has completed the development and installation of a 25 x 8 x 10-foot Pressure, Axial and Sheer Combined (PASCOM) fixture for testing various sizes of large curved fuselage panels up to approximately 96 x 54 inches. The PASCOM fixture is undergoing modifications to accommodate its first client test. It was built and is currently housed in NIAR’s lab at Beechcraft, but will eventually move to the new Aircraft Structural Test and Evaluation Center at the former Kansas Coliseum.
The fixture was sponsored using funds from the Kansas Aviation Research and Technology Growth Initiative, initiated in 2011 to enable economic growth within the aviation industry sector of Kansas. Funds for the program are administered through the Kansas Department of Commerce, and research programs are chosen by representatives from Boeing, Bombardier Learjet, Cessna, Beechcraft and Spirit AeroSystems. Projects are carried out by university researchers. Each selected research project must be individually matched 1:1 in funding dollars from industry, university and/or philanthropy.
For more information about the Full-Scale Structural Test Lab and its capabilities, contact Tim Hickey by email or phone at (316) 978-8204.