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As Seen In CompositesWorld
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.
ZAero project update
The 2019 final review demonstrated integration of an automated CFRP process chain: AFP inline inspection and rework, cure and resin flow sensors, part performance prediction and a decision support tool for line operators.
Plant tour: Hexcel, Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.
The scale, precision, speed and quality of carbon fiber manufacture has evolved substantially since the material’s modern introduction in the late 1960s. Hexcel offers a glimpse of the state of the art today.
Composites suppliers, fabricators respond to coronavirus
Companies across the composites industry supply chain share how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting their businesses, and how they are available to help.
Revolutionizing the composites cost paradigm, Part 2: Forming
Boeing-led parts trials explore infusion, compression molding and thermoplastics, offering lessons and supply chain options to better compete with aluminum.
Hexcel HexPly M79 prepregs receive DNV GL Type Approval Certification
The new verification allows the materials to be used in all DNV GL classed vessels.
Third patent issued for flexible thermoplastic prepreg
Technology enabling wider tapes and easier weaving/braiding for void-free laminates now offered by Precept One LLC
Hexcel carbon fiber prepreg selected for ultralight aircraft design
German aircraft specialist Flight Design is using HexPly M79 for composite parts on its F2 aircraft.
Transparency Market Research releases Aerospace Composites Market report
Findings predict the global aerospace composites market value and trends between 2016 and 2024.
Hexcel materials, distribution partner selected for Gunboat 68 yacht
A range of Hexcel HiMax carbon fiber multiaxials and PrimeTex spread tow woven fabrics enhance an all-carbon-fiber luxury catamaran.
Hexcel, Woodward terminate planned merger
Uncertainty in the aerospace and industrial markets caused by the coronavirus pandemic have forced the two companies to terminate their planned merger of equals.
Hexcel low-temp-cure adhesive targets marine applications
Hexcel has launched its new low-temperature, fast-cure HexBond 679 adhesive film.
Composites in the race to space
Advanced materials use in current and upcoming NASA missions.
Revolutionizing the composites cost paradigm, Part 1: Feedstock
Highly-aligned, short-fiber Tailorable Universal Feedstock for Forming achieves aerospace properties, metal-like formability in zero-waste, fiber-to-parts pilot plant.
Carbon fiber tapes enhance performance of cross-country skis
A ski manufacturer uses Hexcel dry carbon fiber tapes to increase cross-country ski performance, manufacturing efficiency and surface finish.
New Hexcel materials target marine, automotive, sporting goods
Hexcel is showcasing new composites technologies and parts that have been developed for the marine, automotive and sport industries.
Rolls-Royce starts manufacture of world's largest fan blades, made with composites, for UltraFan demonstrator
CFRP blades and fan case cut weight for twin-engine aircraft by 700 kilograms
Carbon fiber suppliers gear up for next-gen growth
CompositesWorld’s annual Carbon Fiber conference was held in Knoxville, Tenn., U.S., in late 2019 and included a pre-conference seminar focused on carbon fiber supply and demand.
Hexcel, NaCa Systems develop hybrid carbon/wood fiber composite car seat back
Benefits are said to include a 40% weight savings and improved carbon footprint.
Compression RTM for production of future aerostructures
Automated preforming and 5-min resin infiltration show a way forward for lower-cost CFRP primary structures.
Plant Tour: RUAG Space, Decatur, Alabama, U.S.
Out-of-autoclave composites manufacturing facility comes of age with first U.S.-made composite structures for the Atlas V launcher, and qualification parts for the Vulcan.