Aurora Flight Sciences of West Virginia
3000 E Benedum Industrial Dr.
Bridgeport , WV 26330 US
Aurora Flight Sciences Corp.
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Boeing CTO addresses advanced materials in aerospace, urban mobility
Boeing CTO Dr. Greg Hyslop, in SAMPE keynote, discusses the company’s aircraft programs and the role composites will play in the future of aerial infrastructure.
Aurora Flight Sciences expands headquarters and opens new Aerospace and Autonomy Center at MIT
Independent Boeing subsidiary will add robotics and integration facility in Manassas, VA and lease 100,000 ft2 in new MIT building.
3D printed composite parts provide solution for UAV
New technology uses long carbon fibers to boost strength and stiffness for small yet high-performance aircraft.
Cost-effective aerocomposites: Dry fiber AFP and resin infusion
Aurora Flight Sciences and NONA Composites aim to improve toughness, repeatable aerospace quality and affordability for large-scale NASA structures.
3D-printed fixtures & jigs
Holding fixtures, jigs, trim tools and metal-forming dies can be expensive elements of post-mold composite part processing and assembly. Additive manufacturing, therefore, is proving especially useful in reducing the design/build time/cost in this area.
A growing trend: 3D printing of aerospace tooling
Toolmakers and OEMs are embracing additive manufacturing for customized, rapid tools, masters and jigs.
Performance requirements: CAI vs. OHC
John Russell, who manages nonautoclave research programs for the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio), recently threw down the gauntlet at the Fall SAMPE conference in Salt Lake City, Utah: “Give us a 25 percent improvement in notch properties with no microcracking in high-modulus fibers.” While OOA prepreg suppliers can’t do much about fiber microcracking, Advanced Composites Group (ACG, Tulsa, Okla.) already has announced that its XMTM47 material will be commercial by next year, designed for 120°C/248°F service with the increased notched performance requested.
Out-of-autoclave prepregs: Hype or revolution?
Oven-cured, vacuum-bagged prepregs show promise in production primary structures.
- Thermoset materials
- Adhesive bonding
- Autoclave cure
- Coating and painting
- Cutting, finishing, and machining
- Hand layup
- Honeycomb structures
- Metal bonding
- Welding and sealing
- Aerospace, flight control surfaces
- Aerospace, fuselage/wing
- Carbon/carbon composites
- Ceramic matrix composites
- Laminate panels, with core
- Laminate sheets, solid
- Other composite structures
- CAD/CAM/CAE design
- Consulting, other