CFM delivers first LEAP-1A engines to Airbus for A320neo
The composites-intensive engine features complex 3-D woven carbon fiber structures manufactured by Albany Engineered Composites.
Albany International finalizes acquisition of Harris aerostructures business
The Harris division supplies advanced composite products primarily for airframe applications.
Albany International to acquire Harris aerostructures business
Aerospace composites fabricator Albany International will acquire the Salt Lake City, UT, US, operations of Harris for $200 million.
Harris Corp., Rochester, NY, US
High-technology telescope and space structures expertise has its roots in legacy Kodak programs.
Resin transfer molding: An update
Fulfilling the promise of OOA composites without sacrificing pressure.
Plant tour: Spirit AeroSystems: Prestwick, Scotland, UK
Global aerostructures giant Spirit AeroSystems ventures into out-of-autoclave (OAA) composites manufacturing via vacuum infusion.
Albany Engineered Composites makes senior management changes
Diane Loudon will take over as president of AEC.
Aeroengine Composites, Part 2: CFRPs expand
Proven in fan blade/case applications, carbon fiber-reinforced polymers migrate to previously unanticipated destinations nearer the engine “hot zone.”
Aeroengine Composites, Part 1: The CMC invasion
As pressure for commercial aircraft fuel efficiency continues to mount, ceramic matrix composites evolve as they battle metals for application in the engine hot-zone and elsewhere.
Harris completes acquisition of Exelis
Florida-based Harris Corp. has acquired Exelis, whose Aerostructures and Geospatial Systems businesses include significant composites fabrication operations.
Exelis wins center wingbox strut contract for Airbus A350-1000
Aerospace composites fabricator Exelis (Salt Lake City, UT, US) has won a multimillion-dollar contract from Airbus (Toulouse, France) to produce composite center wingbox struts
Exelis wins Airbus A350 XWB composite strut contract
Fabricator Exelis has won a multimillion dollar contract to produce center wing box struts for the Airbus A350-1000 twin-aisle aircraft.
Albany Engineered Composites and Ricardo announce automotive partnership
The partnership will investigate introduction of advanced 3D fabrics and composites into automotive applications, for lightweighting.
Exelis Aerostructures: Salt Lake City
Braided composite shafts and struts for aircraft are its specialty, but there’s much more to this Utah, US-based rising star.
Composites in commercial aircraft engines, 2014-2023
The drive to boost aircraft operating efficiency continues to fuel adoption of polymer matrix composites in jet engines.
A critical market sector: Downhole composites in oil and gas
Tremendous secrecy and non-disclosure has kept this profitable composites application out of the spotlight, while it has enabled the current shale oil energy boom.
Safran/Albany open new composites facility in Commercy, France
Safran, Albany International and the French government officially inaugurate the opening of the new plant, which will manufacture 3-D composite fan blades and cases for CFM's LEAP engine.
Exelis adds 5-axis CNC machining capability
Exelis has added a 15-by-20-by-5-ft DMS 5-axis CNC machining center to its composites manufacturing operations in Rochester, N.Y., USA.
Farnborough 2014 Airshow Report
No longer a novelty at aerospace trade events, composites nevertheless faced competition from conventional materials at this year’s event.
Exelis receives multimillion dollar contract for A380 composite floorbeam struts
Extending to 2023, this contract marks the first award for Exelis' recently announced STaR (Struts, Tubes and Rods) product line.