NIAR is home to the Federal Aviation Administration's Center of Excellence for Composites & Advanced Materials. CECAM is composed of universities with expertise in advanced materials including core members from Northwestern University, Purdue University, Tuskegee University, the University of Delaware and the University of California at Los Angeles.
NIAR focuses primarily on the safety and certification of emerging applications of composites and advanced materials in commercial transport aircraft.
To provide the nation with a center for the validation and quality assurance of composites and advanced materials to be applied in the construction of aircraft through:
- research, testing, certification and technology transfer
- coordination and cooperation with the FAA, aircraft manufacturers, materials suppliers and airline companies
- education of the aircraft manufacturing and maintenance workforces
In 2003, the FAA created the Joint Advanced Materials & Strcutures Center of Excellence. NIAR was designated as a Center of Excellence for Composites and Advanced Materials and the University of Washington was designated as a center for Advanced Materials in Transport Aircraft Structures.
Joint Advanced Materials & Structures Center of Excellence (JAMS)
Center for Advanced Materials in Transport Aircraft Structures (AMTAS)
NIAR/FAA Workshop Registration & Presentations