NIAR achieves new scope of Nadcap accreditation

The National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) has achieved additional Nadcap accreditation to perform certain tests of non-metallic materials.

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The National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) at Wichita State University (Wichita, Kan., USA) reported on May 20 that it has achieved additional Nadcap accreditation to perform eight new mechanical tests for non-metallic materials and has achieved renewal of accreditation to perform 16 types of mechanical tests for non-metallic materials.

“We are continually expanding our scope of accreditation within the Nadcap process,” says Royal Lovingfoss, associate director of the Composites and Mechanical Test Labs. “We are taking steps toward accreditation for the mechanical testing of metals and looking into non-mechanical processes including NDI, thermal and chemical.”

NIAR already offers these testing services without NADCAP accreditation. NIAR’s internal Calibration and Quality Lab ensures all tests are performed to industry standards, however, many of NIAR’s customer’s including original equipment manufacturers such as Boeing, Spirit and Airbus, and their tier-one suppliers require NADCAP accreditation for testing.

NIAR is one of only 13 suppliers in the U.S. with NADCAP accreditation in non-metallic materials testing. It is the only accredited supplier in Kansas. NIAR’s NADCAP certification and scope can be viewed on its accreditation site.

NIAR has achieved new NADCAP accreditation to perform the following mechanical tests:

  • 1.10.1 T–Peel
  • 1.12.1 Climbing Drum Peel
  • 1.13.1 Floating Roller Peel
  • 1.4.1 Flexural Ambient Temp
  • 1.4.2 Flexural Non–ambient
  • 1.4.3 Flexural Strain measurement
  • 1.9.1 Single Lap Shear Ambient Temperature
  • 1.9.2 Single Lap Shear Non–ambient Temperature

Nadcap has renewed each of NIAR’s previous accreditation including:

  • 1.1.1 Tensile Ambient Temperature
  • 1.1.2 Tensile Non–ambient Temperature
  • 1.1.3 Tensile Strain Measurement
  • 1.17.1 Bearing Strength
  • 1.2.1 Compression Ambient Temperature
  • 1.2.2 Compression Non–ambient Temperature 1.2.3 Compression Strain Measurement
  • 1.20.1 Compression after Impact CAI
  • 1.21.1 Flatwise tension Sandwich
  • 1.22.1 Sandwich Flexure
  • 1.3.1 Shear Ambient Temperature by SBS
  • 1.3.2 Shear Ambient Temperature ±44 Tension
  • 1.3.3 Shear Ambient Temperature by Compression
  • 1.3.4 Shear Ambient Temperature by V Notch
  • 1.3.5 Shear Non–ambient (any method)
  • 1.3.6 Shear Strain Measurement