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Thursday, 21 October 2010 15:58

Boeing Seminar septiembre 30, 2010The UPRM Material Advantage Student Chapter and CREST joined forces to organize the first Boeing Seminar at the University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez. On September 30, 2010 more than 60 participants attended the seminar titled “Material Substitution for Legacy Aircraft” offered by Dr. Rigo Pérez, Boeing Senior Manager.


A report by Laura Lara and José Rosa


Dr. Rigoberto (Rigo) Pérez, Senior Manager, Boeing, St. Louis, MO

Dr. Rigo Pérez, Senior Manager, Boeing, St. Louis, MO.The Boeing Company is widely recognized for its cutting edge technology and the resources implemented in numerous aircrafts. Nowadays, it is the leading company in terms of innovation and research on materials needed to operate safely under extreme environments (pressure, temperature, strength, corrosion, wear). Over the years, Boeing has developed many commercial and military airplanes.  In the military area the KC-135 Stratotanker and F-15 Eagle have exceed expectations with performance, reliability and efficiency for over 50 and 40 years respectively.  The crescent need of maintenance and even, the replacement of some parts in this legacy aircrafts have propelled research in the quest of materials capable of performing nominally under these extreme conditions.  During the seminar titled “Material Substitution for Legacy Aircraft”, Boeing Senior Engineer Rigo Perez provided a packed classroom (with more than 60 attendees) an insight on how it is done and why materials engineering is so relevant in the desin and performance of airplanes.   During the seminar attendants were exposed to a comparison between the materials and manufacturing techniques of past and emerging technologies and new materials intended for replacing the old ones. The new materials proposed for the replacement parts not only have to equal or surpass those properties, which include higher corrosion and fatigue resistance. The research led engineers to analyze new materials and submit them as new alternatives based on the analysis performed. Finally new materials who met the higher standards are selected as replacement.  The seminar was an enriching experience for all the attendants since it offered an overview of the importance of the materials engineering and materials selection, and encouraged young engineers like ourselves to pursue degrees in the materials science and engineering


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