Novel Materials improve Existing Products.
An exemplary client success story of Accelerated Insertion of Materials is QuesTek and Navy carrier aircraft landing gear and tail hooks. Under a low $7 figure contract with the Navy, QuesTek designed, produced, qualified, and placed the certified products, made of QuesTek’s proprietary Ferrium®M54 alloy, into flight operations on the Navy’s T-45 trainer aircraft in 1/3 of the time of a typical design-to-flight cycle. The hardness and toughness of the new gear enabled 20% more landings on the platform, saving $ Millions in maintenance costs, preventing numerous accidents and loss of aircraft (a T-45 costs $17.2M each), not to mention young aviators (priceless?).
Case Study: Ferrium® N63™: QuesTek's Answer to One of Aerospace's Biggest Challenges
QuesTek applied its ICME expertise and methodology, including accelerated insertion of materials, to predict the properties across multiple production lots and expedite the time to qualification. QuesTek is currently pursuing SAE AMS specification.read article