Vol 56 No. 11 | Sept. 2004
Professor Receives Grant for Study
to Reduce Costs of C-17 Production
Hsun Chen, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at CSULB, received a $91,219 award from the Boeing Co. for a project titled "Drilling Improvement and Process Development Using Next Generation High Performance Tools for the C-17 Production."
The purpose of the project is to understand the hole-drilling process for assembling Boeing C-17 cargo planes and to develop analytical tools to study how burrs (rough edges) and chips form while performing this task.
Results from Chen's research will lead to the design of burrless drilling technology
and applications, which would eliminate the process of disassembly, cleaning,
deburring and reassembly that now takes place during drilling operations, costing
the aerospace industry approximately 20 percent of total manufacturing expenses.
Further benefits to the industry include streamlined and standardized drilling methods for similar applications, standardized drill hardware and reduced tooling inventory, reduced cycle time in transition from process design to production, and improved drilling processes with the development of new approaches.
" I am very pleased with this funding from Boeing," Chen said. "It will allow our students to go beyond the classroom to hands-on development of technology critical to the aerospace industry."
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