Aerospace Composites

Albany Engineered Composites to work on Wing of Tomorrow program

Albany has signed a two-year agreement with Airbus to apply its 3D reinforced composites technology to next-generation wing substructure applications.

Scottish rocket facility unveils advanced materials production methods

Orbex offered a peek into its Scotland-based rocket facility, unveiling its carbon fiber winding equipment and 3D printed single piece rocket engines, as well as its new Mission Control Centre.

Irkut Corp. completes construction of fourth MS-21-300 flight test aircraft

Russian jetliner with OOA infused wing steps nearer to certification. See CW’s historical timeline of the MS-21.

Solvay supplies high-performance thermoplastic film to Safran

Solvay will supply Halar ECTFE high-performance thermoplastic films for Safran’s LEAP engine acoustic panels.

AMRC Cymru research facility opens in North Wales

Among other projects, the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre Cymru will support the Airbus Wing of Tomorrow program.

Composites Index contracts on weak exports

The Composites Index experienced further contraction in business activity in October, with a reading of 48.3, led by steep contraction in export orders. 

Dowty Propellers to open U.K. headquarters, composite propeller blade production facility

The Brockworth, England facility will include a full production facility for the company’s all-composite aircraft propeller blades.

Carleton University leverages VABS software for helicopter blade simulation

As part of AnalySwift LLC’s Academic Partner Program, Carleton University is working on new comprehensive software to simulate helicopter blade tasks.

Boeing, Kitty Hawk formalize joint venture for eVTOL development

Wisk will combine Kitty Hawk’s eVTOL expertise with Boeing’s aerospace supply chain and manufacturing expertise to develop and commercialize Cora, an autonomous eVTOL air taxi.

3D printed composites with 60% fiber, less than 1% voids

9T Labs advances continuous carbon fiber 3D printing for industrial series structural components.

Composite Builders named supplier for Firefly Aerospace

Composite Builders to supply carbon fiber components for use on Firefly Aerospace launch vehicles.

Multifunctional composites could help achieve structural supercapacitors for EVs

In a recent study, functionalized graphene/nanofiber electrodes showed 2X modulus, strength and 5-10X multifunctional efficiency.