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Thermoplastics

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. 

Carbon Fibers

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

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.

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

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.

Aerospace

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.

Fabrics/Preforms

Advancing thermoplastic composites and RTM for Clean Sky 2 in Spain

EURECAT leads projects for TPC keel beam, window frames and thermoset RTM fuselage frames with TPC shear ties for next-gen aircraft.

Curing

The markets: Aerospace (2020)

Despite the 737 MAX groundings, several new programs on the horizon portend increasing use of composites in commercial aerostructures for several decades.

Carbon Fibers

Top composites news stories of 2019

The top 10 most viewed composites news stories of 2019.

Fabrics/Preforms

Albany Engineered Composites to work on Wing of Tomorrow program

Albany has signed a two-year agreement with Airbus to apply its 3D reinforced composites technology to next-generation wing substructure applications.

Aerospace

AMRC Cymru research facility opens in North Wales

Among other projects, the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre Cymru will support the Airbus Wing of Tomorrow program.

Composites 2020: A Multitude of Markets

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.

RTM

GKN Aerospace delivers RTM demonstrator tool for Wing of Tomorrow

The 4-meter mid-scale tool enables large-scale use of resin transfer molding to manufacture a composite wing spar with reduced costs and weight.

Aerospace

FACC receives Airbus "Innovation Award"

The award was presented to FACC for its contribution to composite components for the Airbus Wing of Tomorrow program.

Thermoplastics

Toray Advanced Composites, NCC sign R&D partnership agreement

As a Tier 1 member of the National Composites Centre, Toray Advanced Composites will collaborate with the the NCC on automotive and aerospace R&D programs.

Additive Manufacturing

GKN Aerospace breaks ground on UK Global Technology Centre

Twenty-five partners will also collaborate on the center, which will focus on research for additive manufacturing and advanced composites for aircraft.

Aerospace

2019 Paris Air Show: Highlights

The 2019 Paris Air Show may have lacked the glamour of a new aircraft program announcement, but the composites industry represented is clearly gearing up for next-generation aerospace manufacturing.

Aerospace

Spirit AeroSystems collaborates on Wing of Tomorrow program

Spirit emphasizes use of modeling and simulation software for composite resin infusion technology.

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