Aerospace Materials Division

Division Chair: Richard Shanks, Pratt & Whitney
SAE Aerospace Standards Specialist:Kerri Rohall
kerrir@sae.org
(724) 772-7161

Scope:
The objective of the Aerospace Materials Division (AMD) is to coordinate and utilize the knowledge, expertise, and skills of its members in promulgating and maintaining materials and process specifications conforming to sound, established engineering and materials practices in the aerospace industry.

Technical documents include:

  • Aerospace Materials Specifications (AMS and metric version MAM)
  • Aerospace Recommended Practice (ARP)
  • Aerospace Information Reports (AIR)
  • Aerospace Standards (AS)

Key References:

FTP area

Organization:
The Aerospace Materials Division (AMD) is comprised of 3 groups:

Metals Group

  • Committee B (Processes)
  • Committee D (Aluminum, Magnesium, Copper)
  • Committee E (Carbon and Low Alloy Steels)
  • Committee F (Corrosion and Heat Resistant Alloys)
  • Committee G (Titanium and Refractory Alloys)
  • AMEC (Aerospace Metals Engineering Committee)

NonDestructive Testing Group

  • Committee K (NonDestructive Testing)

Non-Metals Group

  • Committee CE (Elastomers)
  • Committee G-8 (Organic Coatings)
  • Committee G9 (Sealants)
  • Committee J (Aircraft Maintenance Chemicals and Materials)
  • Committee P (Polymers and Composites)
  • CACRC Commercial Aircraft Composite Repair Committee
  • Committee M (Greases)

Government Specification Conversion
A key activity of AMD is the transition from government specifications to industry specifications in support of the "Perry Directive." In June of 1994, Secretary of Defense William Perry signed a memorandum directing a new way of doing business with specifications and standards. One of the cornerstones of Mil-Spec reform efforts is to replace military/federal specifications and standards with non-government standards. The Department of Defense has reached out to SAE as a partner in this change. In a spirit of cooperation the AMS technical committees have responded by working to convert the many military/federal specifications and standards that have been identified as suitable candidates for conversion. The AMS Cumulative Index lists these converted government documents.


MetalsGroup Committees

AMS Committee B
Scope
The committee of Finishes, Processes, and Fluids, AMS Committee B, shall prepare, coordinate, and revise documents related to processing technology, such as plating, brazing, coatings and compounds, through the participation of process suppliers, users, and interested government agencies. Committee activities shall provide a forum for the cooperative interchange of ideas and experience of the participants, resulting in the publication of specifications that embody sound, established aerospace industry practices and requirements to serve the suppliers and customers of aerospace processes.
Metals Division Public Forum
Document List
Works In Progress List

AMS Committee D
Scope
The committee of Nonferrous Alloys, AMS Committee D, shall prepare, coordinate, and revise documents related to nonferrous metals technology, such as aluminum, magnesium, and copper, through the participation of metals suppliers, users, and interested government agencies. Committee activities shall provide a forum for the cooperative interchange of ideas and experience of the participants, resulting in the publication of specifications that embody sound, established aerospace industry practices and requirements to serve the suppliers and customers of aerospace materials.
Metals Division Public Forum
Document List
Works In Progress List

AMS Committee E
Scope
The committee of Carbon and Low Alloy Steels, AMS Committee E, shall prepare, coordinate, and revise documents related to carbon and low alloy steels technology, such as steel cleanliness and steel quality assurance sampling, through the participation of metals suppliers, users, and interested government agencies. Committee activities shall provide a forum for the cooperative interchange of ideas and experience of the participants, resulting in the publication of specifications that embody sound, established aerospace industry practices and requirements to serve the suppliers and customers of aerospace materials.
Metals Division Public Forum
Document List
Works In Progress List

AMS Committee F
Scope
The committee of Corrosion and Heat Resistant Steels and Alloys and Specialty Steels and Alloys, AMS Committee F, will prepare, coordinate, and revise documents related to corrosion and heat resistant steels and alloys and specialty steels and alloys technology, such as stainless steels and nickel and cobalt base alloys, through the participation of metals suppliers, users, and interested government agencies. Committee activities shall provide a forum for the cooperative interchange of ideas and experience of the participants, resulting in the publication of specifications that embody sound, established aerospace industry practices and requirements to serve the suppliers and customers of aerospace materials.
Metals Division Public Forum
Document List
Works In Progress List

AMS Committee G
Scope
The committee of Titanium, Beryllium, and Refractory Materials, AMS Committee G, is responsible for preparation, revision, review and approval of documents related to aerospace application of these materials. Included are titanium, beryllium, and refractory metallic such as molybdenum, tantalum, and columbium. The committee provides a forum for interchange of experience and ideas among industry representatives, both suppliers and users, along with interested government agencies, to ensure the utility, proper technical content, and industry acceptance of published documents.
Metals Division Public Forum
Document List
Works In Progress List

AMS Aerospace Metal Engineering Committee
Scope
The aim of the AMS Aerospace Metals Engineering Committee (AMEC) is to provide the aerospace industry and government agencies, in the public interest, with the technical benefits which accrue from cooperative activities and through the synergistic interchange of ideas and experience of members.
Metals Division Public Forum
Document List
Works In Progress List


NonDestructive Testing Group

AMS Committee K
Scope
The committee of Nondestructive Methods and Processes, AMS Committee K, shall prepare, coordinate, and revise documents related to nondestructive testing technology, such as fluorescent penetrant, magnetic particle, x-ray, ultrasonic, and eddy current, through the participation of manufacturer's suppliers, users, and interested government agencies. Committee activities shall provide a forum for the cooperative interchange of ideas and experience of the participants, resulting in the publication of specifications that embody sound, established aerospace industry practices and requirements to serve the suppliers and customers of aerospace materials.
Committee K Public Forum
Document List
Works In Progress List


Non-Metals Group Committees

AMS Committee CE
Scope
The AMS Elastomers Committee (CE) maintains Aerospace Material Specifications (AMS), Aerospace Recommended Practices (ARP), Aerospace Information Reports (AIR), and Aerospace Standards (AS) on elastomeric materials. CE reports to the Aerospace Material Division and coordinates and maintains liaison with other industry, government and interstandardization groups on elastomeric materials. A significant part of this activity is concerned with elastomeric fluid sealing materials, their applications, material development, testing, quality, design parameters, and design practices.
Committee CE Public Forum
Document List
Works In Progress List

AMS Committee G-8
Scope
The AMS Committee G-8, Aerospace Organic Coatings, provides a forum to address common concerns such as application, corrosion, environmental compliance, material compatibility, OSHA requirements, performance requirements, specifications, surface preparation, and test methods.

The three primary areas of activity are:

  1. Writing and Maintaining Specifications
  2. Cooperative Testing
  3. Information Sharing and Networking
Committee G-8 Public Forum
Document List
Works In Progress List

AMS Committee G9
Scope
AMS Committee G9, Aerospace Sealing, shall be primarily concerned with the sealing of aerospace vehicles for fluid containment and environmental protection by the use of sealants which are applied and cured to solid materials or are permanently mastic. This includes the preparation of sealant material specifications, aerospace recommended practices for sealing processes and related activities. Examples of applications are the sealing of integral fuel tanks, fuel cell cavities, crew compartments and passenger areas, access doors, fasteners, avionics compartments, windshields, firewalls, etc. The committee shall also be involved with elastomeric fuel cells. The committee shall address the effort on the environment of cured and uncured sealant materials and their containers and recommend approved practices for their proper disposal. The committee shall also be involved with elastomeric fuel cells. The committee shall participate in discussions on various sealing materials and processes and provide comments and views on relevant research and development efforts.
Committee G-9 Public Forum
Document List
Works In Progress List

AMS Committee J
Scope
The objectives of AMS Committee J, Aircraft Maintenance Chemicals and Materials (AMCM), are to comply with major airframe and engine manufacturer's basic requirements for aircraft maintenance and chemical materials, such as aircraft cleaners, disinfectants, and paint removers. These are further coordinated with airline requirements, utilizing the knowledge, experience, and skills of engineers and other professionals in preparing documents or initiating workshop discussions related to Committee J activities. These documents conform to sound, established practices in the aerospace industry. This will provide aerospace and other industries, including government agencies, with technical benefits derived from cooperative contributions from Committee J members.
Committee J Public Forum
Document List
Works In Progress List

AMS Committee P
Scope
The AMS Polymeric and Composite Materials Committee (P) has responsibility for writing and revising Aerospace Material Specifications (AMS) Metric Aerospace Material Specifications (MAM), Aerospace Recommended Practices (ARP), and Aerospace Information Reports (AIR) for composite material technology as assigned to the committee. Our commitment, as a team, is focused on meeting requirements of the aerospace industry and government through the timely writing, revision, and up-to-date volume that permits proper control and is adequately user friendly to prevent the need for duplication on the individual company/business/institution level.
Committee P Public Forum
Document List
Works In Progress List

CACRC Commercial Aircraft Composite Repair Committee
Scope
The charter of the CACRC Commercial Aircraft Composite Repair Committee (CACRC) is to develop and improve maintenance, inspection and repair of commercial aircraft composite structure and components. The seven CACRC task groups are: Airline Inspection and Repair Conditions, Repair Materials, Repair Techniques, Inspection, Design, Facilities, and Training.
CACRC Public Forum
Document List
Works In Progress List

AMS Committee M
Scope
The AMS M, Aerospace Greases developes and maintains documents related to grease, dry-film lubricants, and anti-seize compounds. AMS-M advances the knowledge and techniques associated with Aerospace greases.
Committee M Public Forum
Document List
Works In Progress List

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