Boeing has chosen Mississippi State University (MSU) to host its stitched resin infused composite research center.

Boeing plans to relocate its research to the university's Raspet Flight Research Laboratory. The center will facilitate and promote research in the field of aerospace composite structures using resin infusion and stitching technology.

The pending agreement, which would create opportunities for students to conduct research in this area, is intended to aid in accelerating advances in stitched resin infused composite structures and manufacturing technologies. As part of a final agreement, Boeing would provide equipment valued at US$3 million for the center and fund two full-time engineers who are experts in this technology.

In addition to its work with Mississippi State, Boeing has also signed a new master agreement with the University of Southern Mississippi to serve as a ‘technology incubator’ of next generation composite material systems.

‘We envision several pathways to further develop the stitched composite out-of-autoclave technology for achieving fast and affordable manufacturing,’ said Ratneshwar Ratan Jha, an associate professor of engineering in MSU's Bagley College of Engineering.

‘The lab worked on a Boeing project in collaboration with Seemann Composites from 1999 to 2000 to fabricate a stitched composite wing skin with multiple stiffeners,’ he said.

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