National Institute for Aviation Research

Composites and advanced materials testing, structural component testing, training and research.

1845 Fairmount
Wichita State University
Wichita, KS 67260 US

Additional Locations:
National Center for Aviation Training 4004 N. Webb Rd.
Wichita, KS 67226 US
(316) 978-6727

Wichita State University


As Seen In CompositesWorld

automated fiber placement (AFP) and automated tape laying (ATL) composites simulation

CGTech joins NIAR to support ATLAS research
CGTech's AFP/ATL programming and simulation software will be used to support ATLAS aerospace composites research at the National Institute of Aviation Research.

Wichita State University receives aerospace composites grant

Wichita State University receives $2 million grant to advance aerospace composites
The grant will fund equipment for a NIAR-led project aimed at developing protocols for AFP processes in manufacturing thermoplastic aircraft structures. 

TenCate thermoplastic composites fabrication

NIAR's NCAMP qualifying TenCate thermoplastic composite
TenCate’s Cetex TC1225 T700GC 12K T1E unidirectional tape is a low-melt polyaryletherketone (LM PAEK) and is part of a broad effort by the National Center for Advanced Materials Performance (NCAMP) to qualify thermoplastic materials.

Automated Fiber Placement, AFP

NIAR selects Coriolis Composites to provide thermoplastics capable AFP system
The new system will contribute to NIAR’s technology development efforts in the area of three-dimensional thermoplastics automation.

NIAR establishes engineering design and modification team
Consultant team comprised of 35 engineers previously employed by the Bombardier Flight Test Center.

NIAR adds NDI capabilities
National Institute for Aviation Research adds digital x-ray and 3-D computed tomography.

Orthopedics: Carbon foam fosters bone growth
The Center of Innovation for Biomaterials in Orthopedic Research (CIBOR) at the National Institute for Aviation Research (Wichita, KS, US) has two patents on the use of carbon foam as a bone-graft material to improve success in orthopedic implants.

NIAR opens lightning test facility
The National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) now has a fully functional facility for direct effects of lightning high-current testing.

NCAMP releases material properties for Cytec prepreg
NCAMP, based at Wichita State University, has released the composite material property data for Cytec's Cycom 5320-1 T650 plain weave prepreg.

NIAR, Dassault Systèmes partner on manufacturing research
The National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) and Dassault Systèmes will work on development of next-generation manufacturing materials and technologies.

Tech Mahindra to collaborate with NIAR/WSU
Tractor, utility vehicle and information technology specialist Tech Mahindra will work with Wichita State University and its National Institute for Aviation Research on aerospace engineering and other technologies.

EASA accepts NCAMP material certification process
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) will accept the composite specification and design values developed using the National Center for Advanced Materials Performance (NCAMP) process.

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.

Lightning strike protection strategies for composite aircraft
Tried-and-true materials thrive, but new approaches and new forms designed to process faster are entering the marketplace.

Aiming infusion at the application
With so many process variables to play with, how do you know which new solutions that promise better, faster infusion are right for your application?

NIAR's Composite Structural Engineering Technology course begins April 1
Registration is still open for the online course, which runs through April 15. It includes an optional hands-on component at the NIAR campus in Wichita, Kan.

Airbus donates composites equipment to NIAR
Airbus has donated aircraft structural parts and kits to the National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) worth more than $800,000 for composite-metal testing.

News Briefs: Oct. 2, 2012
NIAR seeks input for VARTM survey; Michael Effing launches Advanced Materials Advisory & Consultancy; Promotions at Sika Corp.; Tygavac Advanced Materials to relocate in 2013.

NIAR receives Nadcap accreditation in composites testing
The National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) at Wichita State University has received Nadcap AC7122/1 accreditation for Non Metallic Materials Testing, including composites and adhesive/adhesive primer.

NIAR to open larger aircraft testing facility by year end
Wichita State University's National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) will begin testing aircraft components in the former Britt Brown Arena at the Kansas Coliseum. When complete, the facility will include 100,000 sq-ft of laboratory space with a clear span of more than 240 ft.

NIAR adds explosion testing capabilities
The Environmental Test Lab at Wichita State University's National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) has added explosion proofness testing equipment, and hired Ron Koepp as research engineer.

Product Categories of National Institute for Aviation Research

Fabricating services
  • Thermoset materials
    • Autoclave cure
    • Prototyping
Design, testing, consulting, other services
  • CAD/CAM/CAE design
  • Education/Training
  • Expert witness
  • Finite element modeling/analysis (FEM/FEA)
  • Flame/smoke toxicity testing
  • Inspection services
  • Machine calibration services
  • Materials analysis
  • Product design
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Repair services, composites
  • Structural health monitoring equipment (turnkey systems
  • Structural strengthening / reinforcement services
  • Consulting
    • Consulting, materials
    • Consulting, process development
    • Consulting, procurement/purchasing/specification
    • Consulting, structual design
  • Testing
    • Testing, environmental
    • Testing, materials
    • Testing, product
    • Testing, structural