Creating new materials to improve air travel is some of the most exciting work our
researchers are doing. We work in close concert with makers of all types of aircraft
to bring these laboratory discoveries to the real world.
Our advanced materials researchers make changes to existing materials on the molecular-,
atomic- or nano-level that create new materials with desired qualities that can improve
the safety and efficiency of air travel. This focus area includes researchers from
the fields of chemistry, physics, math and engineering.
Centers and Institutes
Interdisciplinary collaboration is the heart of our research efforts. Here are just a few of our centers and institutes that put
this philosophy into practice. The Office of the Vice President for Research maintains
a comprehensive list of university-wide centers and institutes.
The CPM Research Center tests the performance of components, subsystems and systems
of the U.S. Army Apache, Blackhawk and Chinook helicopter platforms through measurements
of vibration, speed, load, acoustic emission and temperature to develop diagnosis
and prognosis algorithms for better predictive and proactive maintenance of aircraft.
Additionally, the CPM generates value engineering and cost benefit analysis models
of the U.S. Army CPM program.
South Carolina Center for Mechanics, Materials and Non-Destructive Evaluation
This team focuses on the mechanics of aero-structures, development and application
of noncontacting measurement methods, including 2-D and 3-D digital image correlation,
characterization of metallic and composite material response under dynamic and static
loading conditions and static and dynamic fracture of metallic and composite material
Center for Friction Stir Processing, NSF I/UCRC
The Center for Friction Stir Processing is a multi-university National Science Foundation
Industry/University Cooperative Research Center focused on research and development
in the area of friction-based materials processing technologies and science. At UofSC,
we are focused mainly on light metals for transportation applications.
Polymer Nanocomposites Research Center of Economic Excellence
This research team has developed unique capabilities for synthesizing polymer nanocomposites
containing custom-made, synthetic platelet materials. The team uses a broad array
of characterization tools, including X-ray scattering, atomic force microscopy, X-ray
photoelectron spectroscopy and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, for
characterizing material microstructure.