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Boeing Engineers Receives Composite Workshop Training by the NIAR

28 January 2005

During the week of Jan. 10, some 20 engineers from the Boeing Company attended a Composites and Advanced Materials workshop at the National Institute for Aviation Research.

The workshop, taught by NIAR researchers and faculty members, served to educate the engineers on composite materials in the areas of repair, manufacturing, testing and stress. The goal of the workshop was to provide the engineers with the knowledge required to design with composite structures.

""This course is great because it teaches me all of the things I need to know for my job - manufacturing, materials and limitations,"" Shah Shahrivar, a Boeing senior stress analyst said. ""But the best part has been the hands-on training we received. It makes it easier to remember.""

Participants created their own composite rulers in the Composites and Advanced Materials Laboratory. They also got hands-on with the most up-to-date equipment, such as the MTS Systems accelerator sled and the Walter H. Beech Memorial Wind Tunnel.

""The teachers we've had are experts in their areas, they are easy to understand and provide exceptionally professional notes,"" says Shahrivar.

NIAR has a long history of providing these educational workshops to The Boeing Company. Aerospace engineering professor Bert Smith has provided the company with several educational workshops since the '70s. The most recent one was held in August and focused on damage tolerance.

Smith participated in the composites training along with the following faculty members: K. Suresh Raju, assistant professor of aerospace engineering; Lamia Salah, research associate and manager of the Fatigue and Fracture Laboratory; Waruna Seneviratne, research associate and manager of the Structures Laboratory and Janna Sherraden, research specialist in the Composites Laboratory.






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