Goal: Create a consortium to develop technology roadmaps, advance technologies and accelerate development processes, maintain U.S. leadership in aerospace manufacturing, compete effectively in ground-vehicle manufacturing, and create new markets and gain market share for U.S. shipbuilding.
Background: In both the commercial and the defense markets, large-scale structures such as ships, aircraft, and oil tanks, are now mostly manufactured using traditional materials and processing methods that have evolved over decades. This is because the technology foundation to accurately model products and processes, and resolve deviations and uncertainties, is incomplete for the new, emerging technologies.
The goals were to reduce the time, cost, and risk for developing advanced large-scale structures by:
- Designing and producing new and better products
- 50% reduction of development and qualification costs for large structures
- Shortening development times in half
- Reducing the commercial risk inherent in scale-up from technology development through technology demonstration to technology commercialization
Outcome: The workshops and focus groups defined more than 40 priority needs in four functional categories – product and process design; component fabrication; joining and assembly; and testing and evaluation. As part of the roadmap, 15 project concepts and 10 white papers were developed for the purpose of constructing a portfolio of high-priority R&D projects.
The roadmap concluded that current federal investments are not targeted at cross-cutting technologies, but rather at specific industry needs (e.g., aerospace, shipbuilding, or space). In this regard, the roadmap could serve the role of “honest broker” by identifying cross-cutting technologies that may not be highly prioritized by a single agency, but can have a meaningful impact to the combined agencies’ needs. The roadmap may be helpful in identifying advanced technologies in one industry that can be readily adopted for use in other industries. In the long term, the roadmap could aid in the development and delivery of transformational advances in advanced technologies that will enhance the global competitiveness of U.S. Original Equipment Manufacturers that manufacture large structures and their supplier base.
Lead: Louisiana Center for Manufacturing Sciences
Funded Participants: Integrated Manufacturing Technology Initiative (IMTI); David Williams, LLC; Louisiana State University; Keystone Synergistic Enterprises
Award Number: 70NANB15H074
Federal Funding: $500,000
Project Duration: 36 months
AMTech Project Manager: Thomas R. Lettieri
More information: http://www.lacenter.org/index.html