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Aerospace

Victrex, Daher, attain next-gen thermoplastic aircraft panel milestone

The developed panel is a 176-ply laminate, 32-millimeter-thick composite structure and uses Victrex AE 250 PAEK-based thermoplastic composites.   

Design/Simulation

Boom rolls out supersonic test aircraft XB-1

Highlighting a 71-foot-long fuselage, carbon fiber composite airframe and a host of other notable features, the demonstrator will now be headed for its ground test program and a 100% carbon-neutral flight test in 2021.

ATL/AFP

FRAMES: Full-scale thermoplastic composite aircraft rear-end demonstrator

Clean Sky 2 project led by ESTIA-Compositadour will develop enabling technologies for optimum rear fuselage and empennage.

Aerospace

Airbus reveals new zero-emission concept aircraft

The three concepts — all codenamed ZEROe — each represent a different approach to achieving zero-emission flight. The aircraft could enter service by 2035.

Aerospace

Lilium partners with German airports as regional air mobility hubs

The region spanning North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany will act as an ideal starting point for Lilium’s development of networked mobility, including the all-electric Lilium Jet.

Aerospace

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. 

Aerospace

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.

Aerospace

European Commission issues call for clean aviation partnerships

Accepting proposals targeting hybrid electric and hydrogen-powered aircraft in 2 demonstration programs to deliver impact by 2030.

Aerospace

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.

Aerospace

U.S. Department of the Air Force-Boeing X-37B team recognized for aerospace excellence

The team received the Robert J. Collier Trophy for advancing the performance, efficiency and safety of air and space vehicles.

Defense

HX5 thermoplastic nanocomposite presents an alternative to aluminum for space applications

Alpine Advanced Materials’ HX5 demonstrated retention of 96% mechanical performance with exposure to five million rads of gamma radiation.   

Aerospace

Teijin Carbon Europe, UK NCC strengthen carbon fiber partnership

As a Tier 2 partner, Teijin Carbon Europe plans to provide carbon fiber non-crimp fabrics, thermoset and thermoplastic prepreg materials. 

Infusion

Webinar presentation: Next-Generation Composites Materials and Processes (July 2020)

CompositesWorld hosted on July 28, 2020, a webinar titled, “Next-Generation Composite Materials and Processes.” If you missed the live webinar, you can watch the recording or download a PDF of the presentation.

Aerospace

GKN Aerospace receives keys to Global Technology Centre in Bristol

The facility will support GKN’s commitment toward next-gen aircraft technology developments, Industry 4.0 and more.

Compression Molding

Leonardo and CETMA: disrupting composites for lower cost and environmental impact

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.

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

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.

Prepregs

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?

Aerospace

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. 

Urban Air Mobility

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.

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.