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

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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.

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.

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?

Shared composite material property databases
Work at NCAMP is proceeding, with several new materials undergoing testing.

Hot zone chart

Resins for the Hot Zone, Part I: Polyimides
 As next-generation aerospace programs demand higher service temperatures in structural and hot section components, a variety of polyimides vie for program approval.

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