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Mississippi State opens Boeing-funded stitched composites development center


By David Schwartz
Published: April 16th, 2019

Mississippi State University hopes to advance research and economic development in the state with its just-opened Marvin B. Dow Stitched Composites Development Center, located at the MSU Advanced Composites Institute.

Boeing, the world’s largest aerospace company, selected MSU to create a stitched, resin-infused composites lab. Through a partnertship agreement with the university, Boeing donated lab equipment and provided MSU researchers with additional resources to support the Advanced Composites Institute.

ACI is led by director Dennis Smith, head of the MSU Department of Chemistry. With a focus on applied inter-disciplinary research, the center has affiliated faculty members with expertise in chemistry, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering and aerospace engineering. The collaborative environment provides distinct opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students, and enables MSU to work with partners in government and industry to develop new knowledge in composites research and solve complex problems.

Boeing donated the equipment from one of its research facilities, and also provided initial research funding and made two experts available over a two-year period to help establish the ACI.

The ACI is a member of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Joint Advanced Materials and Structures Center of Excellence. The center works to maintain a global leadership position in the field of composite materials science, engineering and manufacturing — including resin chemistry and infusion and stitched composites, followed by high temperature cure of large parts in ACI’s new state-of-the-art oven, which measures 50 feet by 20 feet by 10 feet. ACI supports economic development by boosting collaboration, technology transfer and entrepreneurship, in addition to serving as a workforce development and training center for strategic partners and suppliers.

Source: Mississippi State University

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