U.S. Air Force to offer composites bonding and joining program

The Air Force Manufacturing Problem Prevention Program meeting will be held Nov. 9 at The Aerospace Corp. in El Segundo, Calif. It's free and open to all U.S. citizens.

The U.S. Air Force has announced that a special Air Force Manufacturing Problem Prevention Program (MP3) meeting will be held on Nov. 9 at The Aerospace Corp. in El Segundo, Calif. Focus will be on composites bonding and joining, including advances in surface preparation, quality control, inspection and nondestructive testing. Of special interest are lessons learned while fabricating large composite structures and their application to space systems. The program is free and open to all U.S. citizens.

There also will be tabletop displays of pertinent technologies, including sponsors Cytec Engineered Materials, Delsen Testing Laboratories, MISTRAS Group, Park Electrochemical Corp., TenCate Aerospace Composites, Janicki Industries, and Thermal Wave Imaging. Other meeting sponsors are Airtech International, Argosy International, and HITCO Carbon Composites.

The MP3 meetings enable exchange of information among the Air Force contractor community on ways to prevent problems and minimize cost and schedule impacts on space programs. The MP3 has saved the Air Force literally billions of dollars over the years. Technology and regulatory updates/changes within the materials community that impact space programs also are discussed.

Dr. Howard Katzman, senior scientist of The Aerospace Corp., responsible for planning the program, announced that the program will feature extended briefings by Ken Bowersox, vice president of SpaceX; Dr. Frank Doerner, vice president of Boeing Research & Technology; and Dr. Mark Shuart who directted NASA's large space structures program. Other key speakers include Dr. Steve Nutt, professor of Materials Science and Mechanical Engineering at USC; Ward Rummel, materials and NDE consultant; Kay Blohowiak, technical fellow of The Boeing Co.; UCLA professor Robert Hicks; and Dr. James Nokes, director of the Materials Sciences Dept. at The Aerospace Corp.

The meeting is is being hosted by the Air Force Space & Missile Systems Center, The Aerospace Corp., and the Los Angeles Chapter of SAMPE. There is no charge to attend but it is open only to U.S. citizens. Advance reservations are required.

For mor information, e-mail: mp3@aero.org; or visit website: www.aero.org/conferences/mp3