The JAMS Center of Excellence addresses the engineering and science issues associated with aviation safety, regulation and product certification of advanced materials and structures to assure equivalent or higher levels of safety relative to existing technology. It establishes engineering standards and unique skills training for advanced materials and structures. The ultimate goal is to develop an advanced materials and structures knowledge base.
JAMS is a joint award to two separate consortiums: the Center of Excellence for Advanced Materials in Transport Aircraft Structures (AMTAS) led by the University of Washington and the Center of Excellence for Composites & Advanced Materials (CECAM) led by Wichita State University and its National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR).
JAMS is conducting FAA-sponsored research into nine technical areas focused on advanced materials and structures:
* Material Standardization and Shared Databases
* Bonded Joints Issues
* Structural Substantiation
* Damage Tolerance and Durability
* Maintenance Practices
* Advanced Material Forms and Processes
* Cabin Safety
* Nanotechnology for Composite Structures
* Life Management of Materials for Improved Aircraft
The FAA's Center of Excellence for Composites and Advanced Materials (CECAM) provides the nation with a center for the validation and quality assurance of composites and advanced materials to be applied in the construction of aircraft through research, testing, certification and technology transfer; coordination and cooperation with the FAA, aircraft manufacturers, materials suppliers and airline companies; and education of the aircraft manufacturing and maintenance workforces. CECAM is part of the Joint Advanced Materials and Structures Center of Excellence (JAMS). CECAM is led by Wichita State University's National Institute for Aviation Research, with core members from Northwestern University, Purdue University, Tuskegee University, the University of Delaware and the University of California at Los Angeles.
The other part of JAMS is the Center for Advanced Materials in Transport Aircraft Structures (AMTAS), led by the University of Washington. Additional core members include Washington State University, Oregon State University, Edmonds Community College, University of Utah, and Florida International University.