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Toughening technology for weight savings
With the increased use of composites in the aerospace industry, there is a need for providing parts with higher quality surfaces, says Henkel.The company?s Hysol EA 9845 SF is an epoxy-based composite surfacing film which contains a nonwoven fabric and is designed to improve the surface quality of honeycomb stiffened composite parts.
Exploring the origins of the universe
High performance materials from TenCate Advanced Composites in California are being employed in the manufacture of the mid-boom sunshield deployment structure of NASA?s James Webb Space Telescope ? the world?s biggest astrophysics observatory which it is planned will be operational by 2018.
Rapid changes with MAG?s new Gemini
The new Gemini composites processing system from MAG capable of switching within minutes from automated fibre placement (AFP) to automated tape laying (ATL).
Rolls-Royce and GKN open new pilot plant
CTAL, a joint venture between Rolls-Royce and GKN Aerospace, has opened a new ?14.8 million facility on the Isle of Wight to pilot new manufacturing processes for aero-engine fan blades and fan-cases made of composite materials.
Impact protection with Ecotex
US Liner Company has launched Ecotex, a new sandwich panel with a recycled core.The glass reinforced composite is manufactured by laminating the company?s Versitex skins on to a chopped long fibre polypropylene and glass core.
C2C for Eko-Flor
Eko-Flor, a pultruded composite flooring system for trucks and shipping containers engineered by Canada?s Conforce International, has received Cradle to Cradle (C2C) Silver Certification from McDonough Braungart.
LEAP-X taking flight for AEC
Albany Engineered Composites (AEC) is anticipating additional sales of around an annual $150 million if all potential new orders for the LEAP-X aircraft engine ? capable of cutting fuel consumption by around 15% ? come to fruition.
Across the Atlantic with flax composites
A racing boat prototype incorporating up to 50% flax fibre in its composite structure will be taking part in the 2011 Mini Transat 6.50 transatlantic yacht race which starts in Western France in September and ends in Brazil.
FireBlock resin in award-winning part
The sustainable benefitsofa new intumescent resin with significant environmental benefits will be recognised at the forthcoming JEC Composites show.Cray Valley?s FireBlock resins are a new generation of unsaturated polyester that can be used to manufacture fire-retardant composite parts, particularly those for the mass transportation industries.
New Ultem sheets trialled for aerospace
The use of advanced thermoplastics to replace traditional thermosets in aircraft interiors offers multiple benefits, including both system cost reduction and the potential for recycling.
 
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