Solvay and the National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) at Wichita State University have entered into a partnership focused on materials research and development at the NIAR facility in Wichita, KS. This collaboration aims to strengthen the aviation industry by creating opportunities for companies of all sizes to revolutionize the future of flight.
Solvay scientists and engineers will be embedded in NIAR’s Advanced Technologies for Aerospace Systems Laboratory (ATLAS), a multidisciplinary manufacturing environment and engineering training program that helps prepare engineers and educators for the factory floor of the future and help today’s workforce adapt to technological advances in the workplace. ATLAS has over 150,000 square feet of space dedicated to developing prototypes, testing the durability and strength of aircraft components, and finding creative solutions in partnership with aerospace OEMs.
“Solvay is thrilled to work with NIAR and Wichita State University to take the aerospace industry to new heights,” said Carmelo Lo Faro, President of Solvay Materials Segment and Aerospace Industries Association Board Member. . “This partnership allows Solvay to access the invaluable facilities and prototyping capabilities of NIAR’s research and development centers while helping our business partners realize new applications of our materials that can improve performance and durability.
“We are pleased to have Solvay on hand to provide material guidance and support on a variety of aerospace manufacturing applications,” said John Tomblin, WSU’s senior vice president for industry and service programs. Defense and Executive Director of NIAR, Director of ATLAS and Senior Research Scientist. in composites and structures at NIAR. “Solvay scientists work closely with our researchers to exchange ideas and results. We receive advice and material support, while Solvay also connects us with leading players in the aerospace industry to foster future collaboration.
Through this partnership, NIAR and Solvay said they will develop applications for a variety of aerospace verticals, including commercial aircraft, defense and urban air mobility.