A review of the quest to eliminate both the autoclave and mechanical fasteners in composite wing structures.
Senior Editor, CompositesWorld
The test is meant to confirm that water does not disrupt any of the MS-21’s existing systems, equipment or structural elements.
EURECAT leads projects for TPC keel beam, window frames and thermoset RTM fuselage frames with TPC shear ties for next-gen aircraft.
Despite the 737 MAX groundings, several new programs on the horizon portend increasing use of composites in commercial aerostructures for several decades.
Russian jetliner with OOA infused wing steps nearer to certification. See CW’s historical timeline of the MS-21.
The manufacturing world likes to think of composites fabrication as a single, global entity that operates to serve its customers’ needs with a variety of highly engineered parts and structures.
Single-aisle jetliner with first out of autoclave composite wing steps closer to certification.
New 1 million-square-foot production facility follows CMC R&D center and publicized strategy for next-gen engines.
Senior Editor, CompositesWorld
The MS-21 passenger aircraft, featuring the world’s largest infused, out-of-autoclave composite wings, is on display at the Moscow International Aviation and Space Salon 2019.
Infused carbon fiber composite structures are not new, but they have never been built at the rates anticipated for next-generation, single-aisle aircraft. It is a daunting prospect — but a feasible one.
As the commercial aerospace sector prepares for a new round of major program launches, the question of where and how composites will be applied weighs heavily on the supply chain.
Bombardier Belfast, fabricator of the infused composite wings for the Airbus A220 single-aisle aircraft, is for sale. The ownership under which this facility lands may say a lot about the future of infusion in large aerostructures.
The maiden flight of the third MC-21-300 test aircraft took place on March 16 at the airfield of Irkutsk Aviation Plant.
The Russian airliner schedule will reportedly be delayed until 2021 as U.S. sanctions have interrupted the supply of composite materials for the aircraft.
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.
During the certification tests, the behavior of MC-21-300 aircraft was evaluated in various modes, including high angles of attack and stalling.
The Russian company’s third infused carbon fiber composite wing aircraft will soon join flight certification testing program.
In the Irkut MS-21 infused and co-cured wings, the aerocomposites industry gets a glimpse of how out-of-autoclave technologies might be applied to primary aircraft structures.
Irkut Corp.’s infused carbon fiber composite wing aircraft reaches a milestone with a successful six-hour test flight.
According to Stratview Research, the aircraft cabin is one of the most discussed subjects in the airline industry today.
Single-aisle jetliner with out of autoclave composite wing steps closer to certification.
Associate Editor, CompositesWorld
Eleven winning innovations were chosen, out of the thirty finalists that had been previously selected from more than 100 applications from all over the world.
Automation, 3D printing and thermoplastics herald a new future for carbon fiber composites.
Irkut’s MC-21-300 test aircraft, featuring an out-of-autoclave carbon fiber wing box, flew 4,500 km from Irkukst, Russia to Moscow.
We will see even greater progress in 2017 than we saw in 2016, some surprising, some long awaited.
This past week, the Airshow China 2016 event was held, from November 1 – 6 in Zhuhai, China. A notable outcome from the show, reported in several media outlets, was that Russia’s United Aircraft Corp. (UAC) and the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) have advanced their plans for their collaborative twin-aisle widebody aircraft.