Solvay Composite Materials

Provides advanced composite and process materials for aerospace, automotive, wind energy, motorsport, rail. Products support the end-to-end manufacturing of composite parts and includes tooling, fiber, thermoset and thermoplastic prepregs, resin systems, vacuum bagging, adhesive, resins and surfacing films.

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Quilted Stratum Process production line at Cetim

Automated Preforming — Quilted Stratum Process (QSP)
CW’s tour of CETIM (Nantes, France) and the QSP line which preforms multi-thickness thermoplastic materials in 40-90 seconds for composite parts with cycle times of 1-2 minutes.

2017 Paris Air Show is good for composites
There is definitely a lot going on this week at the Paris Air Show at Le Bourget airfield. Much of it relates to composites. Here’s a brief rundown.

Russian MC-21 makes first flight with Solvay materials
The MC-21 is the only single-aisle passenger plane with composite wing structures manufactured by AeroComposit with out-of-autoclave resin infusion technology.

China’s Comac C919 completes maiden flight
The C919 aircraft is manufactured with Solvay composite materials.

Solvay launches long glass high-performance polyamides
Solvay (Brussels, Belgium) has launched Omnix LF-4050 and Omnix LF-4060, high-performance polyamides (HPPA) with long fiberglass content of 50% and 60% respectively.

Penso, Solvay, Bentley working on composite BIW structures
The project will develop composite design, material and manufacturing technologies required to implement a modular, multi-material body-In-white (BIW) structure suited for large production volume.

Solvay receives Gold Supplier Award from FACC
FACC uses a range of Solvay’s composite materials, primarily to manufacture critical secondary structures for aerospace OEMs.

JEC World 2017: Show report, part 1
JEC World 2017 was, by almost any measure, the biggest and busiest JEC event yet, and exhibitors came with much to show the world of composites about innovation in materials, equipment and technology.

Watch: JEC World 2017 Day 1 Show Report
Breaking news and technology highlights from a busy opening day at JEC World 2017, the largest composites show in the world.

JEC World 2017 exhibit preview
JEC World will be held March 14-16 in Paris. CW previews some of the products and technologies that will be at the show.

OOA composites in next-generation launch systems
As United Launch Alliance ULA replaces Atlas and Delta with next-generation launch rockets under the Vulcan name, supplier Ruag Space has been selected to provide lower cost/improved quality out-of-autoclave fabrication of Vulcan’s composite primary structures. Ruag will manufacture 5.4m payload fairings and 400-series interstage adapters for ULA’s Atlas V rocket.

Small companies, long-term impact
In a time known for owner “exit strategies,” longevity in family-owned composites businesses is heartening.

Solvay doubles carbon fiber manufacturing capacity in the U.S.
The company added a new carbon fiber line to its facility in South Carolina.

Solvay-Mubadala joint venture to provide prepreg for 777X
The joint venture will manufacture carbon fiber prepreg for the 777X empennage and floor beams at a new facility in Al Ain, U.A.E., to be operational by 2021.

Nanocomp Technologies Inc., Merrimack, NH, US
Its millimeter-length macro CNTs are finally realizing their commercial composites potential, with spacecraft applications leading the way.

Thermoplastic composite wings on the horizon?
OUTCOME, a project under the Clean Sky 2 program, aims to industrialize out-of-autoclave thermoplastic primary aerostructure.

JEC World: Aerospace highlights
Fokker Aerostructures BV (Hoogeveen, The Netherlands), a GKN Aerospace company, demonstrated at its stand a thermoplastic composite aircraft demonstrator spoiler, fully functional and consisting of only three parts: top skin, bottom skin and a single spar.

JEC World 2016, the full report
CompositesWorld's editors report on the technologies and products that caught our eye at JEC World 2016, in early March.

Fabrication methods (2017)
There are numerous methods for fabricating composite components. Selection of a method for a particular part, therefore, will depend on the materials, the part design and end-use or application. Here's a guide to selection.

VBO prepreg on wing structure
GE Aviation scores first use of OOA wing trailing edge on large commercial aircraft.

Product Categories of Solvay Composite Materials

Ablatives
Aerospace, aircraft interior
Aramid
Bismaleimide (BMI)
Carbon
Carbon/carbon composites
Ceramic
Commingled/cowoven/coserved yarns
Continuous fiber
Cyanate ester
E-Glass
Epoxy
Epoxy, 250 F cure
Epoxy, 350 F cure
Epoxy, toughened
Hybrid fiber
Laminate panels, with core
Laminate sheets, solid
Metallic
Other matrix materials
Other preforms
Other services
Other thermoplastics
Phenolic
Polyether ketone family (PEK, PEKK, PEEK)
Polyimide
Polyimide
Polyphenylene sulfide (PPS)
Polypropylene
Precursors, for carbon fiber
Quartz
Structural high-strength glass (S- and R-type)
Syntactic core, nonexpanding
Thermoplastic, short fiber-reinforced
Tooling prepreg