FAJRI's research objective is to enhance the reliability and safety of metallic, composite and polymeric joints by advancing the science and technology of mechanical fastening, adhesive bonding, welding and riveting.
In its research, FAJRI employs a systems approach to advance the science and technology in the area of fastening and joining. The systems approach is applied to:
- threaded fasteners in bolted assemblies made of metals, composites, plastics and advanced polymers
- adhesive bonding of laminated and fiber reinforced composites
- resistance welding of metals
- advanced riveting
The systems approach, as it applies to each of the above four areas of fastening and joining, simultaneously investigates the significant variables and variable combinations in order to improve the safety, quality and reliability of mechanical joints. Analytical, experimental and computer simulation techniques are used in the research.
By disseminating new fastening technology to the automotive, aerospace, transportation and nuclear power industry, FAJRI research will improve product safety and quality, reduce equipment downtime, and benefit the U.S. economy in both the civilian and defense sectors.
Serving as a unique resource center in an academic setting, FAJRI helps the scientific, governmental and industrial sectors of the American economy. It improves:
- transportation safety of passenger cars and trucks as well as bridges and highways
- commercial aircraft safety, since more than 2 million fasteners are used on a commercial jet
- safety of nuclear power plants and the safety and reliability of traditional fossil plants
- vehicle mobility and readiness
- U.S. and local economies by increasing productivity through reduced downtime and warranty costs associated with failed machines and products
- technology transfer between academia and industry at the local and national levels
- engineering education by emphasizing safety and reliability in product design and manufacturing