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Thermoplastics

Fraunhofer IPT automates production of thermoplastic CFRP engine fan blades

Successful first demonstrations on 16-mm-thick CF/PA12 to be followed by CF/PEEK tapes and embedded sensors for structural health monitoring (SHM).

Aerospace

Hexcel, Safran expand contract for composite materials in commercial aerospace programs

Long-term supplier contract amended to include Hexcel’s HexTow IM7 for the GE9X engine, as well as core, adhesives, prepregs and fabrics for additional aerospace applications.

Natural Fibers

Avions Mauboussin launches STOL hybrid-hydrogen aircraft

Hybrid Zéphyr engine for electric/hydrogen capabilities and a natural fiber composite-based design revive and reinvent an energy-efficient aircraft brand.

Aerospace

GE Aviation GE9X engine achieves FAA certification

Ten GE9X engines have been delivered to power Boeing’s four 777X flight test airplanes after completing just under 5,000 hours and 8,000 cycles for certification.

Aerospace

Nikkiso, Airbus partner for UltraFan demonstrator project

The project aims to provide nacelle components for the engine UltraFan demonstrator. Nikkiso’s role is to reduce manufacturing costs by a new out-of-autoclave curing method. 

Aerospace

Boom Supersonic, Rolls-Royce collaborate on Overture aircraft engine

The agreement aims to identify a propulsion system complementary to the supersonic aircraft.

Defense

GKN Aerospace Sweden joins feasibility studies for future fighter engine technology

The participation furthers GKN Aerospace’s growth in the defense market and ensures Sweden’s increased air combat capabilities.

Carbon Fibers

Boom Supersonic to roll out XB-1 demonstrator at virtual event Oct. 7

The supersonic jet, incorporating carbon fiber construction, is slated for first flight in 2021.

Aerospace

NASA rocket motors arrive at Kennedy Space Center for Artemis program

The rocket motors are the next step toward NASA’s Artemis I space launch in 2021. 

Carbon Fibers

Epic delivers first all-carbon fiber E1000 aircraft

Epic Aircraft delivers a composite, single-engine turboprop aircraft to customers despite recent pandemic-related setbacks.

Aerospace

Airbus A220 production hangar opens in U.S.

Airbus opens a new A220 final assembly line at its Mobile, Ala., U.S., location and begins assembly of the first A220 for JetBlue. 

Wind/Energy

Composites suppliers, fabricators respond to coronavirus

Companies across the composites industry supply chain share how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting their businesses, and how they are available to help.

Aerospace

Second Boeing 777X completes first flight

The second of four 777X test aircraft made its first flight on April 30 to test handling characteristics and other aspects of airplane performance.

Aerospace

Composites in the race to space

Advanced materials use in current and upcoming NASA missions.

Epoxies

Rolls-Royce starts manufacture of world's largest fan blades, made with composites, for UltraFan demonstrator

CFRP blades and fan case cut weight for twin-engine aircraft by 700 kilograms

Thermoplastics

Episode 30: Gary Sharpless, Concordia Fibers, Boston Materials Inc.

Composites industry veteran and marketing advisor Gary Sharpless discusses his more than 35 years in the industry and his current advisory roles with Concordia Fibers and Boston Materials.

Aerospace

Boeing 777X achieves first successful flight

The 777X jetliner, which features the longest carbon fiber composite aircraft wings yet manufactured, took to the skies for its maiden flight on Jan. 25.

Automotive

The markets: Industrial applications (2020)

A number of manufacturers in the composites industry have relatively quietly carved out a lucrative and growing share in the market for brackets, fixtures, ductwork, pallets, and other often hidden and typically less newsworthy parts that nevertheless require complex shapes, must perform at high levels and are targeted for weight, cost and production-time reductions. 

Mass Transit

Hyundai Motor Co., Uber unveil air taxi model

At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the companies announced an aerial ridesharing partnership and a new eVTOL design.

Aerospace

Rolls-Royce opens composite fan blade facility in Bristol, U.K.

The facility is developing carbon fiber composite fan blades and fan cases for the Rolls-Royce UltraFan jet engine demonstrator.

ATL/AFP

The markets: Aerospace (2020)

Despite the 737 MAX groundings, several new programs on the horizon portend increasing use of composites in commercial aerostructures for several decades.

Aerospace

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.

Thermoplastics

Solvay supplies high-performance thermoplastic film to Safran

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

Filament Winding

Albany International acquires CirComp GmbH

German innovator in RTM will help Albany Engineered Composites accelerate technology development in thermoplastic composites

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