NTPT starts thin ply research for aerospace applications

The scope of this project is to develop a new toughened thin ply composite material suitable for the requirements of future aerospace projects.

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North Thin Ply Technology (NTPT) has started a new research project on toughened thin ply composites for aerospace applications. The goal of this research is to improve the toughness of thin ply composites in order to meet or exceed aerospace requirements. This two-year study is partially funded by the Commission for Technology and Innovation (CTI) of the Swiss Confederation.

NTPT joins forces with partners Huntsman, the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW), RUAG Aerostructures and Decision SA on this project.

“We are all aligned on the goals of the project and highly motivated to succeed,” said NTPT’s Technical Director Wayne Smith. “NTPT has high expectations about this research, especially after the significant achievements and resulting recognition of our previous project. I am looking forward to getting underway and to discovering how much we can improve laminate performance in this project.”

Thin ply technology can improve key properties of composite laminates such as onset of damage, ultimate strength and fatigue resistance. However, some other key properties still need to be optimized in order for the materials to be specified by commercial aircraft manufacturers. The scope of this project, which runs from March 2015 until March 2017, is to develop a new toughened thin ply composite material suitable for the requirements of future aerospace projects. 

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