Purdue officials celebrate by breaking ground Tuesday on a $50 million Manufacturing Institute in the Purdue Research Park. According to Purdue, the facility, which is also part of a $259 million U.S. Department of Energy initiative, will help build its reputation as a global leader in composite material research. The goal is to make lightweight, energy saving composites, like carbon fiber, readily available in the automotive and aviation industry.
In a recent interview by Inside Indiana Business, Byron Pipes the Professor of Engineering explains that “the research conducted by faculty, staff, and students in the institute will be structured to serve advanced composite materials R&D, and collaborating with the many industries using these technologies is a seamless transition. That is because advanced composite materials have broad, proven applications because of their lightweight properties and proven strength and durability while also remaining elastic. The Boeing 787 commercial airplane is a wonderful example of what this technology can achieve.”
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