Dark Matter to manage training at GKN for composite wing production

GKN Aerospace personnel at the company's Filton, U.K., facility will learn processing for manual and automated fiber placement technologies for production of composite rear spars.

Dark Matter Composites (Redbourn, U.K.) reports that it has rolled out training courses to support GKN Aerospace’s composite aircraft wing structures production, set to commence in 2011 at the company’s newly constructed, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility Bristol, U.K.

GKN Aerospace personnel complete the course in the company’s Filton-based composite training department, with composites experts from Dark Matter Composites and GKN Aerospace delivering key theory and practical activities associated with prepreg processing for manual and automated fiber placement technologies, and with the complete composite rear spar production process.

Charles Paterson, general manager, GKN Aerospace, Filton, explains: “This course provides us with a core element in the broad program of training and investment in our team. It will create a consistent foundation, ensuring our personnel have the theoretical knowledge and practical skills necessary to apply the leading-edge manufacturing technologies we are employing. By the end of this year, five courses will have been delivered to a total of forty individuals. During 2011 we plan to continue with a further twelve courses.” 

Dark Matter Composites has developed all technical course content to U.K. Qualification, Certification & Development Agency standards (QCDA) combining presentation materials, tutor notes, lesson plans, practical tasks, assessment tasks and criteria to create a structured course format. The activity has also included the training and development of GKN Aerospace’s in-house tutors.