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TRI Austin’s Engineering Division has over 40 years of experience in applied research and development with a comprehensive set of skills and tools for initial concept development, prototype design, analysis, and testing, with equipment to support in-house low rate production. We begin the process with a cost target and employ state-of-the-art structural and computational fluid dynamics analysis and modeling tools to develop potential solutions very quickly. Our experienced engineering teams routinely designs intelligent mechanical and electro-mechanical systems and hardware that meets DoD field use reliability and cost requirements.

Our Engineering Division has extensive experience in composites engineering and product development for products for military and commercial customers to produce the most lightweight, robust, and efficient designs possible.

We perform prototype full-scale to small-scale component testing and designs, and conduct all aspects of static and dynamic structural fatigue testing. The goal is to design and fabricate an optimized product with the correct materials and structural efficiency while delivering a cost effective, manufacturable design solution.

TRI Austin’s experienced engineers use a variety of accelerated life testing (ALT) techniques to stress components and assemblies in conditions designed to mimic the wide ranging field conditions where military equipment is being used. Our reliability and test engineers routinely use systematic experimental design, analysis tools, and FEA modeling to cost efficiently organize ALT strategies and to support reliability assessments of our own systems and hardware, as well as those of the DoD and commercial industry.

Engineering Division Specialties

  • Engineered Composite Structures
  • Specialty Composite Materials
  • Warfighter Protection and Systems
  • Electronics Reliability/Accelerated Life Testing
  • Military Field Feeding Equipment
  • Additive Manufacturing

Contact Person

Robert Brushaber
Director of Engineering



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