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Center for Aircraft Structural Life Extension

The Center for Aircraft Structural Life Extension (CAStLE) has a two-fold mission that supports aging structures and material degradation.

First, is to perform a wide range of research and technology development projects focused on delivering critical science and technology (S&T) products required to understand material degradation in structures and systems to various government, academic and commercial sponsors.

Second, but no less important, is to educate, train, inspire and otherwise prepare future generations that might become the core of the S&T community within the government and the general professional population.

CORE COMPETENCIES
  • Structural testing and analysis (full-scale, component level and coupon)
  • Material degradation (corrosion, cracking, etc.)
  • Material processing, testing, and development
  • Structural teardown analysis and root-cause analysis
  • Educational outreach and curricula development
  • Service loads and environment measurement and structural impact analysis
MAJOR PROJECTS
  • USAF Aircraft Structural Integrity Program support; component & full-scale testing, teardown analysis, flight data acquisition, root-cause analysis, modeling, etc.
  • Structural re-design, material substitution, prototyping, and validation testing
  • Basic research in material degradation prevention and control, OSD sponsored Technical Corrosion Collaboration between university, DOD, and commercial research groups
  • Multiple educational outreach programs: courses, videos, science center exhibits, student design challenges, college readiness programs, etc.
CONTACT US

Dr. Gregory A. Shoales, PE
(719) 333-6213
gregory.shoales@usafa.edu