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Aerospace

U.S. Navy, Boeing conduct first aerial refueling with unmanned aircraft

The composites-intensive MQ-25 successfully transferred jet fuel to a U.S. Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet mid-air. 

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Assistant Editor, CompositesWorld

Defense

Air Force, WSU-NIAR to study operational impacts on legacy B-1B bomber fuselage

NIAR team will perform a complete teardown and comprehensive inspection program of the B-1B 86-0101 structure to enable the B-1 Division to more comprehensively manage the fleet of aging bombers.

Aerospace

Airbus delivers 100th composites-intensive A400M

Delivery to the Spanish Air Force adds to several additional achievements, including the A400M’s new certified capabilities and 100,000 flight hours recorded for its global fleet.
#a400m #airbus

Automotive

New thermoset matrix resin offers fast, low-temp, tunable cure

HARP Rapid is a new thermoset resin chemistry for liquid molding processes that offers a fast, tunable cure profile, and a Tg that exceeds the material’s cure temperature.
#hprtm #outofautoclave

Additive Manufacturing

Airtech 3D-printed resin delivers advanced manufacturing capabilities to U.K. defense sector

Carbon fiber-reinforced, PEI-based Dahltram I-350CF resin system enables production of high-temperature mold tooling for next-gen combat air demonstrator.
#pei

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Skinning the F-35 fighter

Fasteneing the all-composites skin on the Lightning II requires machining and drilling technology that is optimized for cost-efficiency.
#lockheedmartin #bmi #f-35

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Videos / Podcasts

Fabrics/Preforms

Braided preforms and resin infusion for next-generation aerocomposites

Spintech shows significant cost and labor savings using its Smart Tooling, dry fiber preforms and RTM/VARTM technology on aircraft wing and inlet duct demonstrators.
#generalaviation #insidemanufacturing #braiding

Defense

Large-format 3D printing enables toolless, rapid production for AUVs

Dive Technologies started by 3D printing prototypes of its composite autonomous underwater vehicles, but AM became the solution for customizable, toolless production.
#discontinuousfiber

Defense

Bell starts operations at new Manufacturing Technology Center

Composites and metals manufacturing, automation, additive manufacturing and metrology will be undergirded by digital connectivity and digital twin to support affordable production of future vertical lift aircraft.
#automation #composites4_0

Molds/Tools

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.
#trends

Compression Molding

Novel prepreg for compression molding in RAPM

Solvay and Boeing combine aerospace performance with process knowledge for high-rate, low-cost composites production.
#autoclave #automation #boeing

Wind/Energy

CSIRO: Developing higher-quality, higher-strength, lower-cost carbon fibers

SIROPAN precursor aims for >20% increase in carbon fiber properties with increased control via RAFT polymerization, FLOW processing and novel metrology.
#trends #sustainability #boeing

Marine

Composites Index contracts on weak backlogs

For February 2020, the Composites Index contracted slightly with a reading of 49.7.
#economics

Defense

U.S. Navy, Boeing conduct first aerial refueling with unmanned aircraft

The composites-intensive MQ-25 successfully transferred jet fuel to a U.S. Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet mid-air. 

Defense

Air Force, WSU-NIAR to study operational impacts on legacy B-1B bomber fuselage

NIAR team will perform a complete teardown and comprehensive inspection program of the B-1B 86-0101 structure to enable the B-1 Division to more comprehensively manage the fleet of aging bombers.

Defense

Airbus delivers 100th composites-intensive A400M

Delivery to the Spanish Air Force adds to several additional achievements, including the A400M’s new certified capabilities and 100,000 flight hours recorded for its global fleet.
#a400m #airbus

Carbon Fibers

Airtech 3D-printed resin delivers advanced manufacturing capabilities to U.K. defense sector

Carbon fiber-reinforced, PEI-based Dahltram I-350CF resin system enables production of high-temperature mold tooling for next-gen combat air demonstrator.
#pei

Hi-Temp Resins

Teledyne CML Composites invests in thermoplastic processing capability

In conjunction with the NCC, the automated processing cell supports high-performance thermoplastic and compression-molded thermoset parts production for the commercial aerospace and defense markets.

Defense

U.S. Air Force awards airworthiness approval to Beta Technologies ALIA aircraft

Endorsement follows manned electric aircraft into next phase of flight testing, with the goal to enable new markets and accelerate UAM development.

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Urban Air Mobility

New thermoset matrix resin offers fast, low-temp, tunable cure

HARP Rapid is a new thermoset resin chemistry for liquid molding processes that offers a fast, tunable cure profile, and a Tg that exceeds the material’s cure temperature.
#hprtm #outofautoclave

Aerospace

Stratasys carbon fiber material for 3D printer line is more functional, lightweight and versatile

ABS-based carbon fiber material for the Stratasys F123 Series 3D printer line is 15% stronger and 50% stiffer compared to standard ABS.

Automotive

Dynamic Modifiers introduces low-smoke, flame-retardant thermoplastic compound

Made for a wide range of markets, PAL...VersaCHAR addresses concerns surrounding traditional flame-retardant materials without sacrificing performance.

Thermoplastics

Hexcel launches electrically conductive PEKK-based carbon fiber material

HexPEKK EM is a high-performance material for additive manufacturing that meets electromagnetic shielding, radiation absorption requirements. 
#pekk

Defense

DSM introduces new UHMWPE fiber

Compared to DSM’s original Dyneema thermoplastic fiber products, Trosar addresses a wider range of high-performance applications.
#sustainability

Defense

Solvay launches epoxy prepreg for aerostructures compression molding

Solvay Composite Materials has launched CYCOM EP2750, a new highly drapable epoxy prepreg designed specifically for the compression molding of high-quality, high-rate, cost-effective primary and secondary aerostructures.
#airbus #layup #outofautoclave