Our Services

Design, Testing, Inspection, Engineering and More

Engineering Certification

  • ACT Aerospace maintains a good working knowledge of FAA regulations with an experienced DER and Certifications managers on staff.
  • Determine method of compliance
  • Review applicable regulatory requirements and complete compliance statement

Hand Analysis

  • Complete Free Body Diagrams for all structure
  • Balance Six Equations of Motion: Bearing, Pull-thru, Bending, Stability, Torsion, Shear
  • Complete Standard Stress Checks following methods from sources such as Bruhn, Niu, etc
  • Classical Laminate Analysis
  • Shear Flow Analysis
    • Inputs include area and stiffness
    • Input shear and moment loading
    • Outputs shear flow

Finite Element Analysis

  • Nx Nastran with FEMAP as a pre- and post- processor.
  • Experience with laminate, plate, part, rigid (RBE2 and RBE3), bar and gap elements
  • Parts loaded with point loads on nodes, element pressures and accelerations
  • Analysis completed for linear and non-linear static as well as buckling
  • Check strains, stresses, deflections, failure indices, buckling Eigenvalues etc.

Part Design

  • Parts built inside of CATIA. Plies designed on the tool surface
  • Composite materials defined with appropriate materials properties, thicknesses, etc
  • Producibility routine completed to determine if spliced and/or darts are required
  • Plies are flattened in the appropriate orientation and ready to input for ply cutting routines
  • Ply stack-up definition taken directly from CATIA input
  • Detail views shown with ply tables
  • Views shown of trimmed part with point tables, lengths, diameters, etc

Assembly Design

  • All parts created in space and brought together in an assembly model to check for fit, interference, etc.
  • Assembly models include all parts and all hardware
  • Location of part given
  • Assembly drawings include bill of materials with revisions and quantities
  • Details of hardware shown

Tool Design

  • Master created with tooling board
  • High temp/low temp composite tooling material used for created composite tools
  • Tools normally include holes for use in laser placement as well as tool transfer holes
  • Tool identification engraved on tools
  • Aluminum tools also completed for smaller parts
  • Tools include rosettes
  • Trim tools created with transfer holes corresponding to lay-up tool adjusted for thermal expansion
  • Position of vacuum lines and seals given for machining group


  • Visual planning created that shows how each ply is laid into the tool
  • Bagging method defined
  • Cure profile given
  • Marking requirements given
  • Trim requirement given
  • Quality inspection points shown
  • Assembly planning includes how parts fit together, what hardware is used and any special tools


  • R/I approved by all current customers
  • MTS 55 kip
    • R/I Composite Material
    • Fatigue
    • Tension/Compression
  • Diamond DMA – Thermal Analysis
  • Environmental Test Chamber
    • 48” x 48” x 54”
    • -40ºF to 375ºF

Quality Inspection

  • Leica Laser Tracker “T-Probe” – Mobile
  • Zeiss CMM – 40″ x 62″ x 24″
  • Romer Arm “Laser Scanner” – Mobile
  • Full line of Metrology Equipment

Non-Desctructive Inspection

  • Level III – in house
  • Nadcap
  • NDI approved by all customers
  • Matec 8 axis 7′ x 5′ x 5′ TTU
  • SDI 2 Axis 100″ x 42″ TTU
  • (2) Phased Array C-Scan
  • (2) A-Scan
  • Bond Testing
  • Immersion Tank (4’ x 40’ x 2’)

Ultrasonic Inspection

  • (2) OmniScan Phased Array
  • C-Scan
  • A-Scan
  • S-Scan
  • Bonda Scope (Bond testing)

Through Transmission Unit

  • Computer Automated
  • 100” x 42” Scan Area
  • Scan Up to 12”/sec
  • Fully Self Contained
  • Flat/Core Panels


  • Multiple seats of CATIA V5, Version 6, Rev 21
  • Multiple seats of Solidworks


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