In an investment worth US$8m, UTC Aerospace Systems has opened a 20,000ft² Materials and Process Engineering (MPE) laboratory in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, USA.
The lab will support research, engineering and production. Lab capabilities include additive manufacturing for metal and plastic engineering development parts, and high-temperature composites to develop carbon-carbon and silicon carbide-based composites. These composites are used for aircraft brakes and nanomaterials to develop lightweight metal matrix and polymer composites for a variety of applications.
UTC Aerospace Systems also announced the establishment of the Materials Engineering Center of Excellence at the University of Connecticut (UCONN). The agreement includes a five-year US$1m commitment to work with the university in the areas of additive manufacturing, high-temperature composites, thermoplastics and other materials. There will be opportunities for sophomores and juniors to work in the new MPE lab and learn alongside UTC Aerospace Systems engineers and scientists.
March 4, 2016