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).

Pratt & Whitney to produce advanced metal and CMC turbine airfoils in North Carolina

New 1 million-square-foot production facility follows CMC R&D center and publicized strategy for next-gen engines.
#trends #f-35 #ms21


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.
#adhesives #aeroengines


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.
#generalaviation #aeroengines


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.
#777x #trends #aeroengines


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. 
#nextgenaerospace #aeroengines #airbus

Additive Manufacturing

Aerojet Rocketdyne to provide ULA Vulcan Centuar launch vehicle's key propulsion

The company will supply its two RL10 rocket engines to power the vehicle’s upper stage, thrusters and composite overwrapped pressure vessels.


Virgin Galactic completes milestones for Mach 3 aircraft concept

In addition to unveiling the high-speed aircraft design, Virgin Galactic signed an MOU with Rolls-Royce. This follows the company’s completion of its Mission Concept Review and FAA authorization.
#nextgenaerospace #aeroengines


Boom Supersonic, Rolls-Royce collaborate on Overture aircraft engine

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


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.
#nextgenaerospace #aeroengines #sustainability


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. 
#aeroengines #northropgrumman #space

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.
#nextgenaerospace #aeroengines


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. 
#nextgenaerospace #aeroengines #airbus


Plant tour: Hexcel, Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.

The scale, precision, speed and quality of carbon fiber manufacture has evolved substantially since the material’s modern introduction in the late 1960s. Hexcel offers a glimpse of the state of the art today.
#a350 #adhesives #aeroengines


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.
#weaving #marketing #regulation


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.
#777x #boeing #aeroengines

Hi-Temp Resins

Composites in the race to space

Advanced materials use in current and upcoming NASA missions.
#cyanateester #space #northropgrumman

Carbon Fibers

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
#nextgenaerospace #layup #autoclave


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.
#medical #outofautoclave #marketing