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People in Composites: October 2019

AOC Aliancys, Boeing, Composites UK, Hexcel, Michelman, TPI Composites and UTComp announce new faces in the composites industry and honors awarded to top contributors.

Aerospace

GKN Aerospace delivers RTM demonstrator tool for Wing of Tomorrow

The 4-meter mid-scale tool enables large-scale use of resin transfer molding to manufacture a composite wing spar with reduced costs and weight.

Prepregs

Plant Tour: STELIA Aerospace, Méaulte, France

Supplier of Airbus fuselage sections pushes boundaries of hybrid aerostructures production, assembly and thermoplastic composites.

Aerospace

Omega Systèmes extends contract with Airbus

The three-year contract covers the manufacture, supply and processing of high-precision composites for several Airbus programs.

People on the Move: July 2018

CW’s monthly roundup of people on the move in the composites industry.

Testing

A highly specialized player on a world-class team

Tods Aerospace, located in rural England, is part of the larger Unitech Aerospace manufacturing group and specializes in highly engineered aerospace defense structures.

Aerospace

Airbus adjusts assembly rates for A380 and A400M

The new plan involves the production of six A380s per year starting from 2020 and eight A400Ms per year as of 2020.

Carbon Fibers

Aviation’s big US show: Oshkosh 2017 highlights

The 2017 edition of the Experimental Aircraft Assn.’s (EAA) AirVenture airshow event, held in Oshkosh, WI, US, from July 24 – 30, was another blockbuster.

Aerospace

Carbures beats 2016 aerospace production record

Spanish Tier 2 composites producer Carbures (El Puerto de Santa Maria, Spain) announced recently that it has reached an historical record for production of composite aircraft parts, with 45,695 parts produced at its plants in Illescas and Jerez de la Frontera in Spain.

Prepregs

Fiber-metal laminates in the spotlight

Interest in FMLs is growing again as aeroengineers search for lightweight solutions adaptable to new narrowbody commercial aircraft.

RTM

CW Plant Tour: Composite Technology Center, Stade, Germany

A cornerstone of Germany’s CFK Valley, CTC pushes composites forward via automation, recycling, digital thread-based manufacturing and more.

Aerospace

2016 Farnborough International Airshow Report

Composites are not the novelty in aerospace that they once were, but there was still much to see at Farnborough this year.

Construction

Composites: Materials and processes

High strength at low weight remain the winning combination that propels composite materials into new arenas, but other properties are equally important. This article outlines the case for composites and introduces SourceBook's overview of the materials and processes used to make them.

Thermoplastics

Composites 101: Fibers and resins

Compared to legacy materials like steel, aluminum, iron and titanium, composites are still coming of age, and only just now are being better understood by design and manufacturing engineers. However, composites’ physical properties — combined with unbeatable light weight — make them undeniably attractive. 

RTM

Carbures: Conquering the world for composites

This global Tier 2 supplier produced 39,322 parts for Airbus in 2015, has sold seven RMCP machines to China capable of 40,000-75,000 composite auto parts/yr and is completing a study on opportunities for composites in oil and gas applications in Mexico. What next?

Aerospace

Resin infusion: Taking off?

Boeing Aerostructures Australia leads large-scale development of resin infusion as an industrial process.

Testing

Structural health monitoring: NDT-integrated aerostructures

SHM moves from structural testing to an FAA-qualified inspection alternative, to reduce cost, streamline operations and mature toward lighter, more robust smart structures

Aerospace

Thermoplastic composites technology: A view from Europe

For this Dutch consortium, bringing the manufacturability of thermoplastic materials to maturity is the goal in concert with OEMs, materials and equipment supplier members.

Carbon Fibers

Plant tour: ATK Aerospace Structures, Clearfield, Utah

High-volume, high-precision fiber and tape placement for the aerospace industry are among many specialties for this composites manufacturing behemoth.

Aerospace

Thermoplastics in Aerospace Composites Outlook, 2014-2023

Capable of volume production, thermoplastic composites will gain new market share in the aerospace industry.

Thermoplastics

Inside a thermoplastic composites hotbed

As production of the A350 XWB ramps up, so does manufacture of the thermoplastic fuselage clips the plane requires. HPC sees how it’s done.

Defense

The markets: Aerospace (2014)

Although North America currently dominates this market, Asia and the Middle East, in fact, are expected to be the primary drivers of global aerospace industry demand in the coming years.

Aerospace

A350 & A400M wing spars: A study in contrasts

In three short years, GKN Aerospace has taken its wing spar manufacturing strategies to new heights by dramatically reducing part weight, process complexity and production-cycle duration.

Aerospace

Paris Air Show 2013: A century of aircraft progress

Torrential rains couldn’t dampen the spirit of innovation or stop the flood of business aerospace announcements.