[Avionics Today 09-25-2015] Boeing cut the ribbon on its South Carolina research and technology center yesterday, which is devoted to current and next-generation technology development. Boeing’s Research & Technology (BR&T)-South Carolina center, will aim to lead the company's research and development efforts in areas of advanced manufacturing with a focus on composite fuselage and propulsion systems production.
The center includes lab spaces where scientists and engineers research and develop technologies in advanced production systems; nondestructive evaluation and inspection; production analytics and advanced test systems; structural repair technologies; electromagnetic effects; chemical technology; and composite fabrication and materials. The center also includes two autoclaves, which are used to cure parts made from composite materials; a paint booth with automation capabilities; and a clean room to combine composite layers together.
BR&T-South Carolina joins the company's 10 other research centers around the world in Australia, Brazil, China, Europe, India, Russia and the United States, including Alabama, California, Missouri, South Carolina and Washington.