Boeing to place stitched composites research at Mississippi State center

Mississippi State University's Raspet Flight Research Lab will host Boeing's Stitched Resin Infused Composite Research Center.

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STARKVILLE, Miss.--Mississippi State University (MSU, Starkville, MS, US) reported on May 28 that The Boeing Co. (Chicago, IL, US) has selected the university to host Boeing's Stitched Resin Infused Composite Research Center in the school's Raspet Flight Research Laboratory. The center will facilitate and promote research in the field of aerospace composite structures, leveraging resin infusion and stitching technology.

"We are very pleased to see our collaboration with Boeing moving forward," says David Shaw, the vice president for research and economic development at MSU. "It is the most recent example of the many profitable relationships we have fostered that provide opportunities for faculty, staff and students to work with industry to solve problems, create new knowledge and advance manufacturing excellence in the US."

In addition to its work with Mississippi State, Boeing has also signed a new master agreement with the University of Southern Mississippi to serve as a technology incubator of next generation composite material systems.

MSU, which was selected through a competition with other universities, will now work with Boeing to finalize the decision to house the center at the Raspet Flight Research Laboratory.

Since its inception in 1948, Raspet has served as a university-based laboratory engaged in aeronautics R&D. A multidisciplinary team of MSU faculty members from several departments — including aerospace, chemical, chemistry, mechanical, electrical, and industrial — bring significant expertise in areas related to the new Boeing composites center, according to the flight lab's director.

"We envision several pathways to further develop the stitched composite out-of-autoclave technology for achieving fast and affordable manufacturing," says Ratneshwar ("Ratan") Jha, who is also an associate professor of engineering in MSU's Bagley College of Engineering.

The pending agreement, which would create opportunities for students to conduct research in this area, is intended to accelerate advances in stitched resin infused composite structures and manufacturing technologies. As part of a final agreement, Boeing will provide equipment valued at $3 million for the center and fund two full-time engineers who are experts in this technology.