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2/29/2016 | 1 MINUTE READ

UTC Aerospace Systems launches materials laboratory in Connecticut

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UTC Aerospace Systems also established the Materials Engineering Center of Excellence at the University of Connecticut, which includes a five-year, $1 million commitment in the areas of composites and other advanced materials.

UTC Aerospace Systems (Charlotte, N.C., US) has opened its new Materials and Process Engineering (MPE) laboratory in Windsor Locks, CT. The MPE lab has advanced capabilities to support research, engineering and production. Lab capabilities include additive manufacturing to build metal and plastic engineering development parts, as well as high-temperature composites to develop carbon-carbon and silicon carbide-based composites. These composites are used for aircraft brakes and nanomaterials to develop light-weight metal matrix and polymer composites for a variety of applications across UTC Aerospace Systems.

"As a technology company with more than 8,000 engineers, we are continuously making substantial investments in materials, products and processes that add more value for our customers," said David Carter, senior vice president, engineering, operations and quality for UTC Aerospace Systems. "The new laboratory in Windsor Locks is yet another advancement in the technology that is the hallmark of UTC Aerospace Systems."

The 20,000-square-foot MPE lab represents an $8 million investment and is part of United Technologies' plan to invest in new facility upgrades under the Connecticut Aerospace Reinvestment Act.

UTC Aerospace Systems also announced the establishment of the Materials Engineering Center of Excellence at the University of Connecticut (UCONN). The agreement includes a five-year, $1 million commitment to work with UCONN in the areas of additive manufacturing, high-temperature composites, thermoplastics and other advanced materials. UTC Aerospace Systems will provide opportunities to UCONN sophomores and juniors to work in the new MPE lab and learn alongside UTC Aerospace Systems engineers and scientists in the areas of materials and manufacturing technologies for future aircraft.

"We are very excited about the new MPE lab which will transform the way engineers and scientists will collaborate to produce innovative solutions using a spectrum of material and manufacturing combinatorial techniques," said Mun Choi, Provost at the University of Connecticut. "The Center of Excellence we've established will provide our students with a unique learning experience by working in the lab with UTC Aerospace Systems' talented engineers." 

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