Tekna Holding AS, Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada, has accepted an invitation from the National Center for Advanced Materials Performance (NCAMP) to participate in a major aerospace qualification programme. Parts produced with Tekna’s powder material, qualified under the programme, will automatically pass the initial design phase and analysis by the FAA, US Department of Defense (DoD), and NASA.
The qualification data generated will be posted in The Metallic Materials Properties Development and Standardization (MMPDS) Handbook, an accepted source for metallic material, recognised by aforementioned entities. Tekna titanium (Ti64) powder will be included in reports hosted by the NCAMP and America Makes.
Jerome Pollak, Sales and Business Development Director for Americas, has also illustrated a benefit for the company’s customers: “Let’s say that a company wants to use Tekna material for building an aircraft part and they approach the FAA. As part of their plan, they will have to tell the FAA what material and process they intend to use and what material database they are using. If they can tell the FAA that they are using a database hosted by NCAMP or MMPDS and that the data was certified through those approved processes, then they get to move on to the next phase of the programme. If they can’t say that, then the FAA will require them to go through a costly, time-consuming qualification process of at least one year. By qualifying Tekna powder upfront, we give our customers a significant head start.”