National Science Foundation Center for Friction Stir ProcessingWichita State University is a research site for the National Science Foundation Center for Friction Stir Processing. The WSU research site is headquartered in the Advanced Joining & Processing Lab.

The CFSP is a multi-institutional Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) started in October 2004. The center brings together the premier friction stir processing (FSP) academic institutions in the United States and focuses on addressing the needs of aerospace, aeronautic, energy, military and commercial industries in developing friction stir processing.

CFSP Mission: To advance, develop and promote research into the principles and technology of Friction Stir Processing science and engineering through research, development, education, and technology exchange among academic, industry and government entities. It is also the mission of the center to increase the quantity and quality of the professionals prepared to work in the area; to involve the faculty of the University(s) in research in areas of common interest to Sponsors and the University(s); and to perform research which will allow global Friction Stir Processing facilities to be competitive in the world economy.

The other CFSP research sites are the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology (headquarters), the University of South Carolina and Brigham Young University.

In order to become a CFSP research site, Wichita State was required to obtain at least five industry and/or government sponsors who would contribute at least $150,000 in yearly membership fees. These sponsors include Bombardier, the Federal Aviation Administration, Hawker Beechcraft, General Motors, Embraer, Cessna Aircraft Company and Spirit AeroSystems.


Royce Bowden
Dean, College of Engineering, Wichita State University
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