Zone: Aerospace Composites
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The aerospace market is one of the largest and arguably the most important to the composites industry. Commercial aircraft, military craft, helicopters, business jets, general aviation aircraft and space craft all make substantial use of composites, both inside and outside.


Most Recent Content: Aerospace Composites
Aviation Outlook: Composites in General Aviation 2011-2020

As the general aviation (GA) segment emerges from the recessionary storm clouds, GA manufacturers and the composites supply chain that supports them should see sunny days … with some clouds and a chance of rain.
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February supplement: Out-of-autoclave processing for aero applications CompositesWorld

We here at CW put together a supplement published with the February issue of the regular magazine that focuses on the technologies, tools and materials being used today in out-of-autoclave (OOA) processing for aerocomposites.

Boeing's 737 MAX completes first flight CompositesWorld

Boeing's 737 MAX 8, featuring composites-intensive LEAP-1B engines from CFM International, is expected to enter service in third quarter 2017.

Inflexion technology enables complex composite structures without fasteners CompositesWorld

Spirit AeroSystems has developed production methods using rigid-flexible tooling for more affordable unitized composite aerostructures.

Graphene composite could help keep wings ice-free CompositesWorld

A thin coating of graphene nanoribbons in epoxy developed at Rice University has proven effective at melting ice on a helicopter blade.

Alternative precursor R&D: Lignin in the lightweighting limelight CompositesWorld

This abundant, renewable resource shows promise as an alternative to PAN for low-cost, functional carbon fibers.

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