Category Archives: Aerospace

Aerospace firm, auto-safety company expand in Oakland County

LANSING — Grants to two companies with plans to create a total of 784 full-time jobs and invest $357 million in Oakland County have been approved by the Michigan Strategic Fund board.

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Exports The Aim Of Michigan Firms At Paris Air Show

LANSING — Business leaders from 10 Michigan companies will travel Tuesday to the International Paris Air Show Le Bourget to meet with prospective partners, distributors and customers with the aim of increasing export opportunities within the aerospace sector.

The seven-day trade mission is led by Automation Alley in partnership with the Michigan Economic Development Corp.’s International Trade Program.

Said MEDC CEO Steve Arwood: “The 10 companies participating in the Michigan Booth at the Paris Air Show exemplify the broad range of manufacturing, engineering, and intellectual talent contributing to the global aerospace supply chain, and this show is an excellent opportunity to showcase those products and technologies.”

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NASA Taps Michigan Tech Prof to Lead $15M Space Research Institute

HOUGHTON — Michigan Technological University Professor Greg Odegard will lead a new, multidisciplinary and multi-institution Space Technology Research Institute.

The institute is funded by a $15 million 5-year grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Odegard, pictured at right above, is the Richard and Elizabeth Henes Professor of Computational Mechanics at Michigan Tech and associate chair and director of undergraduate studies in the Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics. He is also an adjunct professor of materials science and engineering at Tech.

Odegard’s team will include 22 faculty members from 10 universities, two companies and the U.S. Air Force Research Lab. Their STRI is called the Institute for Ultra-Strong Composites by Computational Design or US-COMP.

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HyperWorks Adds Features For Aerospace Design

TROY — The computer-aided design and engineering software HyperWorks, from the Troy engineering technology developer Altair, has added several new features the company says will improve workflows and provide a complete framework of model building and stress analysis for the aerospace industry.

Company officials said the new tools increase efficiency for aerospace engineers in their daily tasks, including concept design, global and detailed finite element model build, post-processing and certification report generation.

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MSU team headed to national drone competition in Maryland

EAST LANSING — A group of Michigan State University engineering students is among 17 teams taking part in a national drone competition June 15-19 in Maryland.

The MSU team will be competing in the 2016 Student Unmanned Air Systems event at the Webster Naval Field in Patuxent River, Md.

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MSU Leads New Research On Fire In Space

EAST LANSING — In space, flames don’t extinguish under the same low-oxygen conditions that would put them out on Earth, setting the stage for dangerous flare-ups.

The finding, from research led by Michigan State University, is the current cover feature in the national publication, American Scientist, the January-February 2016 issue.

The research team was led by Indrek Wichman,  professor in the MSU Department of Mechanical Engineering. The research team also includes:
• Sandra L. Olson, a spacecraft fire safety scientist at NASA Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field in Cleveland,
• Fletcher J. Miller, an associate professor of mechanical engineering at San Diego State University, and
• Ashwin Hariharan, who received a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from MSU and is now a thermal systems engineer at Ford Motor Co. in Allen Park.

Wichman said the research described in the article deals with a series of projects on space fires he has engaged with NASA from the mid-1990s to the present.

“Project funding hovers in the $30- (millon to) $50 million range due to NASA’s internal commitment to its subcontractors, its engineering teams, astronauts and its overall space mission,” he said. “The current project includes PI’s from top universities across the USA.”

Learn more about smolder survival and the life cycles of flamelets in space, as well as simulating microgravity conditions on earth, in the American Scientist article, “Fire in Microgravity,” at this link.

American Scientist is a bi-monthly publication about science, engineering and technology. It has been published by Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, since 1913.

GE Aviation, Farmington Hills Firm Working On Advanced Army Electronics

GRAND RAPIDS — GE Aviation said Monday it had received a contract for the research and development of silicon carbide-based power electronics supporting the high-voltage next generation ground vehicle electrical power architecture for the United States Army. A Farmington Hills electronics manufacturer will assist in the work.

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TriMas Buys Arizona Aerospace Plant

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — The diversified manufacturer TriMas Corp. (Nasdaq: TRS) announced it had acquired the assets and personnel of Parker Hannifin Corp.’s plant in Tolleson, Ariz., which manufactures complex machined parts for the aerospace industry.

The transaction closed Nov. 2, at which time the facility became part of the TriMas Aerospace group.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

In connection with the transaction, Martinic Engineering,a division of TriMas Aerospace, and the Tolleson plant will continue to provide machining and assembly of products, and prototyping, for the Fluid Systems Division of Parker Hannifin under a long-term agreement.

The transaction is expected to add $12 million to $15 million a year in revenue to TriMas’ top line.

Said Tom Aepelbacher, president of TriMas Aerospace: “This acquisition demonstrates our ongoing commitment to grow our aerospace business and significantly complements Martinic Engineering. The combination will enhance our relationship with existing customers, provide capacity for growth and expand our manufacturing capabilities and product offerings.”

Added Guy Martin, group vice president of operations for the airframe and actuation business of Parker Aerospace: “This is a natural combination and a win-win for both organizations. We look forward to building upon this partnership in the future.”

TriMas is organized into four segments: Packaging, Aerospace, Energy and Engineered Components. TriMas has approximately 4,000 employees at more than 50 locations in 16 countries. For more information, visit

The TriMas Aerospace segment of TriMas Corp. is organized into four businesses: Monogram Aerospace Fasteners, Allfast Fastening Systems, Mac Fasteners and Martinic Engineering. TriMas Aerospace designs, develops and manufactures precision engineered components including blind bolts, fasteners, solid and blind rivets, and hydraulic and pneumatic systems, to serve commercial aircraft companies, suppliers and distributors, and U.S. and allied militaries. For more information, visit

TriMas Net Income Falls After Spinoff

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — TriMas Corp. (Nasdaq: TRS)
Thursday announced net income of $11.7 milion or 26 cents a
share in the third quarter, down from $22.2 million or 49 cents
a share a year earlier.

The reduction in net income was the result of $11.1 million in
net income from discontinued operations — TriMas’ spun-off
Cequent businesses.

Revenue was $222.2 million, down from $222.3 million a year

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Airbus Picks Troy Firm’s Design Software

TROY — The Troy-based engineering technology developer Altair says Airbus Group, the European aerospace manufacturer, has signed on for access to Altair’s software portfolio, including the HyperWorks computer aided engineering suite.

The duration of the deal wasn’t immediately disclosed, but a press release described it as “multi-year.”

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