USC triggers economic development with exciting breakthroughs that promise safer flights with greater fuel efficiency.
Through South Carolina's innovative SmartState program, USC continues to attract the world's leading scientists in materials research.
Our partnerships continue to expand as we join forces with other universities, industry and the S.C. Department of Commerce to create opportunities for investment and collaboration on jointly produced technology and product development.
Testing and developing these new materials will create jobs in and around the aerospace cluster, which will drive new partnerships and more development through USC's Faber Center for Entrepreneurship and our Small Business Development Centers.
As the only university-based aerospace center in the U.S. with a production-level automated fiber placement machine, the McNair Center seeks to push the boundaries of aerospace capabilities and create the nation’s premier laboratory for advanced composite manufacturing to lead to new certifiable forms and uses for composite structures in aerospace, other transportation and public safety infrastructure.
Current Services available via McNAIR:
- Fiber placement facility (Ingersoll Machine Tools Lynx AFP 16 x 0.250”) operational and available for
- Large scale specimen production
- Fusion bonding laboratory operational and available for
- Induction welding
- Friction stir welding
- Basic research
- Computational design facility operational including
- CAD and CAE environment
- Optimization infrastructure
- Open and Proprietary research support to consortia and companies
- Manufacturing research (process development, part production, assembly, qualification, DFM)
- Materials Research (synthesis, surface treatments)
- Material Testing and Characterization (NDI, NDE, Destructive testing)
- Health Monitoring (System design, testing, basic research)
- Dynamic Testing
- Certification support
- Computational design, analysis and optimization
- Maintenance research (condition based maintenance, inspection technology, evaluation strategies, repair technology)