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To develop and deliver advanced, relevant research and technology products to meet Agency program objectives. We enable the Agency to complete its challenging mission by developing innovative materials, structures, and mechanical systems. Our research areas include advanced materials and coating systems for aerospace propulsion and power, computational methods, materials processing and characterization, multifunctional and adaptive structures, structural mechanics and life prediction methodology for application of advanced materials in propulsion and space structures, structural dynamics and impact mechanics, aeroelasticity, drive systems, seals, and tribology for aeropropulsion and space exploration.

Materials, structures, and mechanical systems enable lightweight, reliable and high-performance aerospace propulsion and power systems. Pioneering interdisciplinary efforts are critical to realizing innovative solutions to address the highly demanding requirements for these applications. The Structures and Materials Division has a unique combination of highly talented, creative, and experienced personnel to provide end-to-end solutions to materials, structures and mechanical systems problems. With world-class technical skills and state-of-the-art experimental capabilities, the Division is highly reputed for its scientific and technical accomplishments over the past three decades. The experience to deliver products in a streamlined organizational structure positions us well to develop and demonstrate technologies for revolutionary aerospace propulsion and power systems.

Products employing our technologies
  • Combustor Liners
  • Turbine blades/vanes
  • Rotor Systems
  • Fan Containment
  • Space Lubricants
  • Oil-Free Engines
  • Injectors
  • High-power Motors
  • Cryogenic Tanks
  • Nacelles, Nozzles
  • Mechanical Drive Systems
  • High Temperature Seals
  • Cryogenic Seals
  • Magnetic Bearings
  • Fuel Cell System
  • Space Nuclear Power
  • Composite Structures
  • Surface Mobility
Core R&T Capabilities
  • Structural Mechanics
  • Life Prediction
  • Probabilistic Analysis
  • Structural Optimization
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Multifunctional Structures
  • Adaptive Structures
  • High Temperature Alloys
  • Structural Ceramics and Composites
  • Polymer Matrix Composites
  • Functional Polymers and Ceramics
  • Protective Coatings/Durability
  • Computational Materials Science
  • Extreme Environment Lubricants
  • Nanotechnology
  • Surface Science
  • Structural Dynamics
  • Aeroelasticity
  • Mechanisms
  • Seals
  • Terramechanics

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