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Thermoplastics used for aeroplane demonstrator

BADINIÈRES – Aerostructure manufacturer Stelia Aerospace has teamed up with technical textiles producer Porcher Industries to create a full-scale fuselage demonstrator which integrates thermoplastics as opposed to traditional thermoset composites.

Facebook successfully lands composites drone

ARIZONA - Social media giant, Facebook has successfully flown and landed an unmanned, solar powered plane made of carbon fibre composites. The drone aims to extend mobile broadband networks across the world, reaching the 1.

Hexcel to supply Airbus helicopter composites
PARIS – Hexcel Corporation has been selected to supply composite materials for the new Airbus H160 helicopter. Hexcel will be providing reinforcements, prepregs, adhesives and honeycomb materials for the H160’s composite fuselage structure and main rotor blades.
JEC composites focuses on aerospace

TenCate composites for helicopter 'world-first'
TenCate Advanced Composites, supplier of composite materials for aerospace and industrial applications, has begun production of compression molded parts for the Bell 525 Relentless helicopter programme, which features the 'world's first' fly-by wire commercial helicopter.
LEAP engine sales surge for AEC
Albany International reports that 2014 sales achieved by AEC, its composites business, surged to $30 million in the fourth quarter and $90 million for the full year, as the first wave of parts manufactured by its LEAP engine plant in Commercy, France, were released to aviation and defence company Safran.
Airbus explores shape-changing carbon
Shape-shifting materials that could make aircraft simpler and lighter, potentially saving fuel, are being developed by Airbus and researchers at MIT.
LEAP first flight succcess
CFM International?s LEAP engine took to the skies for the first time this week on a modified 747 flying testbed at GE Aviation Flight Test Operations in Victorville, California, launching the next phase of testing for the advanced engine program.
Fourth generation GE blades
The GE Aviation GE9X engine for the Boeing 777X aircraft will feature fewer and thinner composite fan blades than any GE widebody engine in service.
Composite frame ready for orbit
A composite airframe has been developed for the Dream Chaser orbital spacecraft by Sierra Nevada Corporation?s (SNC) Space Systems and Lockheed Martin.?
Carbon/PEEK combinations for Airbus
Toho Tenax reports that its Tenax TPCL thermoplastic consolidated composites have been qualified for use in the Airbus A350 XWB, the latest-generation extra-wide-body mid-size jetliner.
LEAP engine plant inauguration
Albany International and Safran have this week inaugurated their new plant in Rochester, New Hampshire, USA for the production of composites for aircraft engines.
Hexcel set to soar with Airbus
The test programmes for the new Airbus A350 XWB are currently being finalised, with the first delivery to Qatar Airways scheduled for the fourth quarter of? this year, and 814 orders to date.
Wingless wonder at JEC
There?s something rather unique about the VX-1 KittyHawk aircraft designed by VX Aerospace based in Morganton, North Carolina, USA ? it has no wings.
Dreamliner expansion prompts Toray action
Having only announced an expansion of Torayca carbon fibre prepreg at its plant in Tacoma, Washington at the start of February, Toray is planning to build a second carbon fibre plant in South Carloina.
Energy-efficient carbon recycling in the UK
ELG Carbon Fibre now has the capacity to recycle an annual 2,000 tons of carbon fibre composites each year via a highly energy-efficient and patented process at its plant in Coseley, in the UK's West Midlands.
Toray expands to meet Boeing demand
Toray Industries plans to expand the production of its Torayca carbon fibre prepreg for aircraft and automotive applications at its Toray Composites America (TCA) plant in Tacoma, Washington.
Structural testing of carbon fibre wing
The New York-headquartered Moog Industrial Group has been selected by Bombardier Aerospace in Belfast, Northern Ireland, to supply an aerospace test system to undertake a full-scale structural test on the CSeries aircraft advanced carbon fibre wing.
Dutch backing for TAPAS 2
French President Fran?ois Hollande and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte attended the signing of a contract for the the next stage of the Thermoplastic Affordable Primary Aircraft Structure innovation programme (TAPAS) between Airbus, Fokker and TenCate on Monday January 20th.
TenCate forms partnership in China
TenCate Advanced Composites has signed a cooperative marketing and development agreement with Leadgo Advanced Materials in Shanghai, China. The agreement will further support the growing market for advanced composites in the Chinese aerospace industry.
Prepreg plan for Abu Dhabi
Mubadala Development Company, the Abu Dhabi-based investment and development company, has entered into a strategic collaboration with Cytec Industries to establish an advanced aerospace material ecosystem in the UAE.
Self healing matrix patented by NASA
NASA has secured a world patent on a new carbon-reinforced composite with a self-healing polymer matrix and the process for making it.::r
GE to build CMCs plant to meet LEAP orders
GE Aviation has held a groundbreaking ceremony for the first plant in the world that will mass produce engine components made from advanced ceramic matrix composites (CMCs).
Recycled carbon as replacement for glass
Technical Fibre Products (TFP) is now successfully recycling carbon fibre composites into high value nonwovens.Speaking at last week?s Composites Engineering Show at the NEC in Birmingham, UK, TFP material specialist Mark James explained that the recycling of carbon-based composites is not easy once they are impregnated with resin.
Boom in Brazil
The Brazilian composites industry is on course to achieve sales of US$1.612 billion in its 2013 financial year which started in April.This represents growth of 8.
Composites for the London Bus
The latest model of the famous red London Bus features a number of composite parts.Its rear end is comprised of five glass fibre-reinforced components based on Gurit?s Sprint ST 70FR matrix and Corecell M-Foam structural core.
Boeing and Hexcel expand JV
Boeing and Hexcel have expanded their Aerospace Composites Malaysia (ACM) joint venture to support increased production by Boeing Commercial Airplanes.ACM produces flight surfaces for all of Boeing?s commercial programs, including the Next-Generation 737, 747-8, 767, 777 and 787 Dreamliner.::r
Exploring new material combinations
ADMACOM ? Advanced Manufacturing Routes for Metal/Composite Components for Aerospace ? is a new ?4 million EU7 project that is aiming to combine different materials including steel and metal alloys, ceramics and ceramic matrix composites.
Combining wastes for new composites
Airbus, Boeing, Bombadier and Lockeed Martin are among companies on the advisory board of the EU-funded SUSRAC project which is exploring second-life options for composites.
High growth in the train industry
Composite materials consumption in the global rail industry experienced high double-digit growth from 2007 to 2012 and greater growth in composites material consumption compared to the growth in the number of global railcars sold demonstrates the increase in the average composite materials content per vehicle over those five years.
Second Virgin supersonic flight
Virgin Galactic has successfully completed the second rocket-powered, supersonic flight of its SpaceShipTwo (SS2) developed by Mojave, California-based Scaled Composites.
Down to new depths with carbon
OceanGate, based in Seattle, Washington, has completed the carbon fibre composite hull design and feasibility study for its next generation manned submersible, the Cyclops, developed with Boeing and theUniversity of Washington.
Success for fuel-free Solar Impulse
A new milestone in the history of aviation was set on July 6 when the Solar Impulse landed at New York?s JFK airport.The landing marked the completion of the composites-intensive plane?s crossing of the USA from the West to East Coast with using a single drop of fuel.
Hexcel prepreg for LEAP-1 engines
Hexcel and Safran have signed a long term contract for the supply of composite materials for LEAP-1 engines developed by CFM International.The contract covers Hexcel?s HexTow IM7 carbon fibre that will be used to manufacture all LEAP-1 engine fan blades and containment cases, including those selected for the Airbus A320,the Boeing 737MAX and the COMAC 919.
Airbus milestone for composites
The first flight of the Airbus A350 XWB will take place tomorrow (Friday June 14th) in Toulose, France at 9am.The extensive application of composites ? comprising 53% of the overall airframe compared to 11% for the established A330 ? means the new plane benefits extensively from their design and manufacturing advances, Airbus says.
Armouring the aircraft
Lockheed Martin has selected LAST lightweight composite armour manufactured by QinetiQ North America (QNA) to protect the US air force?s AC-130J aircraft.
3D printing worth $8.4 billion by 2025
Small production runs of aerospace and automotive components will dominate the future 3D printing market, according to a new report from Lux Research.This will have a value of $8.
Coast to coast for Solar Impulse
Flying the flag for both lightweight composites and solar power, Solar Impulse will set off from California on its US coast-to-coast flight on May 1st.Pilots Bertrand Piccard and Andr? Borschberg, the founders of Solar Impulse, plan to stop in four US cities before reaching New York?s JFK airport in early July.::r
Flax adds finesse to inflatables
The Air Ethic project brings together Paris-headquartered Zodiac Recreational, a leading international inflatable boat designer, and theresearch, innovation and development centre of the Dehondt Group based in Notre Dame de Gravenchon, France, which isspecialised in flax fibre technical developments.
Thermoplastic savings for aerospace
With the aerospace industry focusing on reducing aircraft weight and lean manufacturing, engineers are searching for reliable solutions such as thermoplastic composites that can perform with at least the same assurance as traditional metals and thermosets.
Hexcel?s Airbus milestones
Today at the JEC Composites show in Paris, Hexcel has been providing details of its work on the Airbus A350 XWB, which takes carbon composites to a new level and represents the largest contract in the company?s history, with overall revenues of between $4-5 billion.
Less is more with carbon frames
Professional cycling team Argos-Shimano is now using road bike frames made by Felt Bicycles with Oxeon AB?s TeXtreme spread tow carbon fabrics.The Felt-sponsored Argos-Shimano team began racing their new F-Series FRDs just two weeks ago at the UCI WorldTour race, Tour of Qatar and went straight to the Tour of Oman (Feb 11-16) where Marcel Kittel (GER) won the opening stage.
New biocomposites auto project
A ?100,000 UK research project is set to evaluate the potential use of biocomposites in the production of future automotive vehicle bodywork panels.The ELCOMAP (Environmentally friendly lightweight composite materials for aerodynamic body panels) project will research the potential alternatives to composite technologies currently in use such as carbon fibre and epoxy resin systems.
Boeing and BMW join forces on recycling
Boeing and BMW Group plan to jointly research carbon fibre recycling as well as sharing knowledge on carbon fibre materials and manufacturing.Boeing?s 787 Dreamliner is made up of 50% carbon fibre material and BMW will introduce its i3 and i8 ranges in 2013, making recycling composites at both point of use and the end of life critical to both companies.
Future flights with flax
Boeing is currently exploring the use of flax-based composites as the basis for future interior aircraft panels.In the ?1.59 million EU Cayley project, Boeing Research and Technology Europe has teamed up with German composites company Invent Innovative, the Belgian flax specialist Lineo and the AIMPLAS research association in Spain to explore potential alternatives to the exising interior panels which are commonly manufactured from glass fibre and phenolic resins.
Logistical advantages with HighQ
Composites are the key to the new HighQ lightweight container which has been developed by DSM in cooperation with multimodal transporter Samskip and is poised to achieve considerable cost savings and increased efficiency for the transport sector.
TenCate expands cooperation with 3M
TenCate Advanced Composites North America is expanding its cooperation with 3M, which began in 2010.::r
Airbus wants your ideas
Airbus is launching ?Fly Your Ideas? ? a UNESCO-backed biennial competition challenging students worldwide to develop new ideas for a more sustainable aviation industry.
Support for Thai trains
ICCO Composites is to supply 20km of pultruded top contact rail to the Bangkok Metro in Thailand.The French company produces top contact third rails which are up to six metres long and comply to all safety and resistance requirements.
Tour de France success for Corima
Corima, a leader in the manufacture of carbon fibre bike wheels for road racing, supplied the Pro-Team Astana and Saur-Sojasun teams in this year?s Tour de France.
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