#NDI

Design/Simulation

Testia releases multi-method acquisition system for NDT inspection methods

Multi-method UE1 Box, phased array U32 Box and SKD architecture improve activity efficiency and meets technical specifications on a flexible, cost-effective platform.
#ndi #airbus

Digital Demos

Physical testing to characterize composites

Shimadzu Scientific Instruments reviews use of static tests, impact tests, internal observations and fracture observations to assess and characterize the physical properties of composite parts and structures.
#ndi

Consumer

Using nondestructive testing to inspect, repair carbon fiber bicycles

An Oregon-based bicycle inspection and repair shop uses an Olympus ultrasonic thickness gage to evaluate and fix structural damage.
#ndi #application

Fabrics/Preforms

Update: Lower wing skin, Wing of Tomorrow

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.
#nextgenaerospace #spiritaerosystems #airbus

CAMX Expo

CAMX 2020 preview: Abaris Training Resources

Louis C. Dorworth, direct services manager of Abaris, is moderating a CAMX 2020 panel and presenting a tutorial on bonding and joining of composites.
#workforcedevelopment #camx #ndi

RTM

Composites 4.0: Digital transformation, adaptive production, new paradigms

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.  
#feature #automation #composites4_0

Epoxies

High-rate, automated aerospace RTM line delivers next-gen spoilers

At Spirit AeroSystem’s Prestwick facility in Scotland, a glimpse of the future of aerocomposites manufacturing in a resin transfer molding line for A320 spoilers.
#ndi #cuttingtools #insidemanufacturing

Aerospace

ZAero project update

The 2019 final review demonstrated integration of an automated CFRP process chain: AFP inline inspection and rework, cure and resin flow sensors, part performance prediction and a decision support tool for line operators.
#a350 #airbus #layup

Digital thread vs. digital twin

Visualizing the difference between digital representations and data flows and understanding the applications that are changing composites manufacturing and business models.
#airbus #autoclave #layup

Infusion

No business case for reteaching robots

DLR Center for Lightweight Production Technology has developed an AI-equipped work cell where collaborative robots can switch from producing composite rear pressure bulkheads to fuselage panels without requiring reprogramming or retraining.
#airbus #boeing #composites4_0

Processes

Glossary

Glossary of composites terms
#sustainability #adhesives #aramidfiber

Design/Simulation

Revolutionizing the composites cost paradigm, Part 2: Forming

Boeing-led parts trials explore infusion, compression molding and thermoplastics, offering lessons and supply chain options to better compete with aluminum.
#autoclave #boeing #darpa

Manufacturing the complex geometry parts of RAPM

Boeing-led program explores simulation, tooling, preforming and molding approaches to lower composites part cost.
#specialreport #autoclave #boeing

Aerospace

Novel prepreg for compression molding in RAPM

Solvay and Boeing combine aerospace performance with process knowledge for high-rate, low-cost composites production.
#autoclave #automation #boeing

Carbon Fibers

Welded thermoplastic composite keel beam demonstrator achieved

EURECAT and partner companies complete Clean Sky 2 KEELBEMAN project, demonstrating TRL3 primary structure technology for future aircraft.
#trends #airbus #nextgenaerospace

Aerospace

CETMA: composites R&D and innovation in Italy

From design and simulation to inline inspection, induction welding, continuous compression molding and recycled carbon fiber, this lab to support industry is advancing composites in aerospace, automotive, construction and more.
#airbus #composites4_0 #discontinuousfiber

Curing

Kanfit coping with COVID-19 and managing growth using Composites 4.0 systems

Bluetooth sensors and AI track parts and tools, save time and suggest production line improvements.
#autoclave #layup #composites4_0

Automotive

National Composites Centre unveils digital composites technologies

The U.K.’s National Composites Centre unveils new composites manufacturing technologies, marking the culmination of a two-year, £36.7m digitization project.
#airbus #outofautoclave #ndi

Prepregs

Proving out LM PAEK welding for Multifunctional Fuselage Demonstrator

Clean Sky 2 STUNNING project will manufacture lower thermoplastic fuselage while MECATESTERS will test Toray LM PAEK in conduction and induction welding for parameters, cyclic loading, aging and environmental effects .
#peek #paek #composites4_0

Carbon Fibers

Plant Tour: RUAG Space, Decatur, Alabama, U.S.

Out-of-autoclave composites manufacturing facility comes of age with first U.S.-made composite structures for the Atlas V launcher, and qualification parts for the Vulcan.
#sustainability #adhesives #autoclave