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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.

Carbon Fibers

Hartzell carbon fiber propellers chosen as option for Cubcrafter aircraft

The three-blade Pathfinder propeller, weighing in at 44 pounds, is an alternative to Hartzell’s two-blade carbon fiber Trailblazer prop.

Aerospace

Narrow UD tapes to bridge the ATL-AFP gap

Automated tape laying and automated fiber placement are similar, but not the same. Can narrow tapes provide a middle ground with advantages of both processes for next-gen aircraft?

Urban Air Mobility

Electric short takeoff & landing aircraft addresses e-commerce needs

California-based Airflow's eSTOL aircraft promises cost-effective, rapid delivery of cargo within a distance range of 50-200 miles.

Aerospace

Reading tea leaves: The outlook for aerospace

The coronavirus pandemic promises to wreak havoc on the aerospace composites supply chain, but it’s not too soon to start thinking about how a post-pandemic commercial aerospace market will evolve.

Testing

Clean Sky 2 program highlights NEWCORT and DIMES project

The projects focus on technologies that can detect pre-existing damage and improve composite repairs for next-generation aircraft. 

Aerospace

Wisk resumes eVTOL aircraft flight testing

Following the coronavirus pandemic, flight testing of the all-electric aircraft, Cora, resumes in the U.S. and New Zealand.

Aerospace

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. 

Aerospace

GKN, Eviation collaborate on Alice all-electric aircraft

GKN Aerospace will be involved in the design and manufacture of the aircraft’s wings, empennage and electrical wiring interconnection systems (EWIS).

Aerospace

Virgin Galactic, NASA sign space agreement

The Space Act Agreement (SAA) represents a partnership between Virgin Galactic and NASA for the development of high-speed, and environmentally sustainable, aviation technology.

Additive Manufacturing

CFIP reinforces material with continuous carbon fibers post-process.

Continuous Fiber Injection Process (CFIP) technology works with additive manufacturing to strengthen plastics, metals and ceramics, creating complex-shaped-composites and high-strength joints.  

Consumer

Clean Sky 2 program publishes 2019 report

Clean Sky’s 2019 report highlights innovative technologies like a thermoplastic fuselage barrel, digitization of aircraft maintenance and more. 

Carbon Fibers

New ice protection for composite aircraft wings from Clean Sky 2 program

EU-funded research is developing technology to meet deicing challenge with lower power consumption, greater efficiency and lower system weight.

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.

ATL/AFP

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.

Aerospace

Clean Sky project targets multifunctional composites for electric aircraft

All-electric commercial aircraft will require a lot of power. Multifunctional composite structures might provide a power-storage medium. 

Carbon Fibers

New Solvay materials, processes designed for industrialization

Solvay is launching and promoting materials and processes developed for industrialized processes.

Aerospace

The black swan events hitting the composites industry

From the Boeing 787 to COVID-19: When the out-of-the-ordinary becomes ordinary — and affects the manufacturing supply chain.

Thermoplastics

Daher composite-metal winglets enhance performance of new Gulfstream G-700 large-cabin bizjet

The winglets are manufactured at the Daher factory in Tarbes, France and assembled into the aircraft at the Gulfstream’s Savannah plant.

Aerospace

Meggitt to supply composite ice protection components for V-22 Osprey

Per a contract with Bell Textron Inc., Meggitt will supply composite de-icing propeller rotor blankets, heated spinners, fairings and pendulums.

Construction

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.

Injection/Overmolding

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 .

Defense

SAMPE Summit 20 Paris agenda finalized

Dan Hart, president and CEO of Virgin Orbit, will be a featured speaker. CW readers qualify for a discounted registration.