Quatro Composites (Orange City, Iowa), a designer and manufacturer of carbon fiber molded products, announced on Nov. 27 that it has been awarded three contracts to supply carbon fiber panels to airframers and Tier 1 suppliers for drill qualification and assembly training.
“As the airplane manufacturers make the radical shift from aluminum to carbon composite materials for the primary structure, much support is required to address the new techniques of drilling, fastening and bonding,” said Steve Roesner, COO for Quatro Composites.
Quatro supports the manufacturers of composite fuselage and wing skins by supplying carbon/epoxy panels that are built to the aircraft manufacturer’s process specifications. In an effort to meet increased demand, Quatro has recently added an additional 30 percent of manufacturing space to its Orange City, Iowa, facility for the manufacture of carbon fiber panels, as well as structural aerospace composite brackets.
Most of the panels Quatro produces are made with Toray T800 carbon epoxy prepreg. The panels are manufactured from engineered laminate schedules in a variety of shapes and configurations. The panels are then machined, water jet cut, packaged and shipped as specified by the customer.