It used to be enough that AFP systems could precisely and quickly place and cut multiple tows to build complex aerostructures. Now, fabricators need those tows steered, and the tighter the radius, the better.
The delivery coincides with serial production ramp-up of the cabin components, which comprises the entire lining of the entrance and door area in the front, middle and rear sections of the aircraft.
Although Spirit’s revenues declined 58% in the quarter compared to third quarter 2019, CEO Tom Gentile says the company anticipates steady growth going forward as the 737 MAX returns to service.
Spirit pays $865 million for Bombardier’s Belfast, Northern Ireland, plant, plus others. The Belfast facility fabricates the infused composite wings for the Airbus A220 single-aisle aircraft.
The built and delivered aircraft from the company’s Mobile, Alabama, facility indicates Airbus’ growing industrial footprint in North American markets.
Carmelo Lo Faro, president of Solvay Composite Materials, talks about how he sees aerocomposites evolving in the time of COVID-19, the rise of computational power to evolve composites use, the prospects for increased composites use in the automotive market, and the increasing importance of education in the composites industry.
Since the industry’s move toward emission-free aviation, the German engine manufacturer has been developing three additional concepts for hydrogen application.
Additively manufactured cores, CFRP face skins produce large tools for prototype, low-volume aerostructure parts.
Year to date (YTD), Airbus has delivered a total of 341 commercial aircraft, Boeing 98 aircraft. Numbers still clearly reflect the negative impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the industry.
AlbatrossONE demonstrator with 75% longer wing-tips vs. phase one proves freely flapping wing-tips can alleviate wing loads and avoid tip stall for improved aircraft performance.
Coordinated by Airbus Helicopter, the canopy structure was designed and manufactured to optimize low aerodynamic drag and meet bird strike requirements.
Based on the Airbus A220, the ACJ TwoTwenty business jet’s cost, reliability and high performance address the requirements of the heavy and long-range business jet categories.
The three concepts — all codenamed ZEROe — each represent a different approach to achieving zero-emission flight. The aircraft could enter service by 2035.
With the V-shaped long-haul aircraft’s successful maiden flight underway, next steps include using the data collected during the flight to develop an aerodynamic model.
Clean Sky 2’s MFFD program continues to move toward its goal of delivering a welded, thermoplastic composite fuselage demonstrator using next-generation manufacturing processes.
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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.
Presentations from Microsoft, Uber Elevate, BFG International, Joby Aviation, Anzac Contractors, the Florida DOT will be featured at CAMX 2020.
Airbus is evaluating several advanced composites technologies as part of its Wing of Tomorrow program. Among these is liquid resin infusion of the lower wing skin, being developed by Spirit AeroSystems.
The virtual symposium, held Sept. 9-10, 2020, will focus on current state, trends and opportunities for automated fiber placement (AFP) and additive manufacturing (AM).
The company transferred over its aerospace structures composites locations over to Arlington Capital Partners.
Tenax dry reinforcements non-crimp fabrics and braided fibers will form the skins and stiffeners via automated RTM.
The emerging H2 economy drives tank development for aircraft, ships and gas transport.
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The facility will support GKN’s commitment toward next-gen aircraft technology developments, Industry 4.0 and more.
Italian OEM and tier supplier Leonardo works with CETMA R&D to develop new composite materials, machines and processes, including induction welding for in-situ consolidation of thermoplastic composites.
With several test flights under its belt and an EASA certification, Airbus is prepping the H145 for customer deliveries.
Strata assumes fabrication and assembly duties for inboard flaps production and plans to incorporate HDF and ATL machines into the process.
The reduction of 15,000 positions, made necessary by the coronavirus pandemic, will primarily affect Airbus employees in France, Spain, Germany and the U.K., as well as Stelia and Premium AEROTEC.
An evolving landscape of automation, sensors and AI software is not an end, but a means to achieve the cost, quality, efficiency and agility required for future manufacturing.