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Hawthorn Composites awarded structural inlet duct
Manufacture of inlet ducts for Kratos unmanned combat aerial vehicle involves an automated dry fiber overbraiding process, VARTM infusion and oven cure.
Next-generation composites materials and processes explored
A supplement with the November 2020 issue of CompositesWorld takes a close look at some of the technologies that are driving innovation in the composites industry.
Braided preforms meet phase-change tooling
A program from the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory adopts automated braiding and phase-change tooling for a complex geometry unmanned aircraft part.
AFRL evaluates braiding, SMP tooling and VARTM for lower-cost future engine inlet ducts
U.S. Air Force and Ohio-based composites team develop new process for S-shaped aerostructure.
“Smart tooling” cuts time and risk for complex unitized composite structures production
One-piece bladder tooling helps to actualize NASA/Boeing’s revolutionary fluted core design for next-gen cryogenic fuel tank skirt.
Inflexion technology: complex composites without fasteners
Spirit AeroSystems has developed production methods using rigid-flexible tooling for more affordable unitized composite aerostructures.
Plant tour: Spirit AeroSystems: Prestwick, Scotland, UK
Global aerostructures giant Spirit AeroSystems ventures into out-of-autoclave (OAA) composites manufacturing via vacuum infusion.
CAMX offers unprecedented new product access
CAMX 2014, Oct. 13-16 in Orlando, Fla., promises to be North America's largest ever composites trade show and conference. As a result, exhibitors are coming to the event with a wide array of new and existing materials, machinery, software and technology designed to help make composites fabrication faster, easier and more adaptable. CompositesWorld has been gathering information from CAMX exhibitors about what they will be featuring and introducing in their booths. This week's CAMX newsletter offers a preview of some of what you will find on the show floor.
New options for trapped tooling
Trapped tool removal can be difficult, but leaving the tool in place can compromise part weight and function. Here, HPC reports on several new approaches to this demolding dilemma.
- Other tools/tooling materials
- Hybrid materials
- Integrally heated
- RTM/resin infusion
- Resin injection
- Composite, carbon fiber/epoxy
- Composite, fiberglass
- Composite, prepreg
- Composite, other
- Mandrels, aluminum
- Mandrels, inflatable
- Mandrels, segmented
- Mandrels, steel
- Mandrels, other
- Tooling equipment, materials and supplies
- Flexible mold materials
- Thermoset materials
- Resin transfer molding (RTM)
- Vacuum-assisted resin transfer molding (VARTM)
- Consulting, process development