CAMX 2019 preview: Ashland
Ashland Global Holdings (Columbus, Ohio, U.S.) is featuring truck and transportation components used for tailgating and other applications. Ashland’s Pliogrip structural adhesives have been specified for use in bonding and the assembly of mixed materials joining and virtually any application that requires a strong, reliable bond such as transportation, aerospace, infrastructure, industrial and aftermarket repair applications. Pliogrip structural adhesives reportedly enable bonding of dissimilar substrates, mitigate bond line read-through on thin Class A parts, improve productivity while eliminating residual container waste, and adhere low energy substrates without the use of primers. Booth H42.
ATL and AFP-based preforming options now abound for processing dry and/or impregnated reinforcements as quickly as 1 minute or less with potential yearly part yields in the millions.
Boom Technology describes its program to validate a cost-effective faster-than-sound airliner.
Hand layup has a long history in aerospace composites fabrication, but it's not well suited for automotive composites manufacturing, where volumes are much higher. But the discrete placement of fiber reinforcements still has value. Research is pointing toward automated hand layup that might help this process bridge the aerospace-to-automotive divide.