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Carbon Fibers

Clean Sky project completes carbon fiber canopy structure for RACER demonstrator

Coordinated by Airbus Helicopter, the canopy structure was designed and manufactured to optimize low aerodynamic drag and meet bird strike requirements.
#airbus

Defense

Aerojet Rocketdyne large solid rocket motor facility opens for operations

The facility positions the company to deliver on some next-generation national security programs, including strategic deterrence, hypersonics and missile defense.

Defense

Boeing to assemble unmanned Loyal Wingman in Queensland

Queensland’s investment will evolve Boeing’s Australian defense manufacturing capability and will make Queensland the final assembly facility for the Boeing Loyal Wingman project.
#boeing

Defense

GKN, Raytheon reach agreement for composite missile canisters

Per the three-year contract, GKN Aerospace will provide Raytheon with 95 Mk30 missile canisters that are manufactured via a filament winding process followed by vacuum infusion.

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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 #northropgrumman #outofautoclave

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Videos / Podcasts

Carbon Fibers

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

Defense

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

Automotive

Composites Index contracts on weak backlogs

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

Epoxies

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.
#boeing #layup #outofautoclave

Aerospace

Episode 31: John Riendeau, Rhode Island Commerce

Rhode Island Commerce director of business development John Riendeau discusses how the state’s legacy experience in boat building has translated into expertise in new markets within the composites industry.
#aramidfiber #workforcedevelopment #windblades

Carbon Fibers

Plug-and-produce AFP system installed in one day and debuts at composites automation center

Addcomposites completes installations of its AFP-XS toolhead at KUKA Finland and SAM|XL in Netherlands.
#layup #windblades #airbus

Aerospace

Irkut Corp. completes construction of fourth MS-21-300 flight test aircraft

Russian jetliner with OOA infused wing steps nearer to certification. See CW’s historical timeline of the MS-21.
#facc #ms21 #autoclave

Carbon Fibers

Clean Sky project completes carbon fiber canopy structure for RACER demonstrator

Coordinated by Airbus Helicopter, the canopy structure was designed and manufactured to optimize low aerodynamic drag and meet bird strike requirements.
#airbus

Defense

Aerojet Rocketdyne large solid rocket motor facility opens for operations

The facility positions the company to deliver on some next-generation national security programs, including strategic deterrence, hypersonics and missile defense.

Defense

Boeing to assemble unmanned Loyal Wingman in Queensland

Queensland’s investment will evolve Boeing’s Australian defense manufacturing capability and will make Queensland the final assembly facility for the Boeing Loyal Wingman project.
#boeing

Defense

GKN, Raytheon reach agreement for composite missile canisters

Per the three-year contract, GKN Aerospace will provide Raytheon with 95 Mk30 missile canisters that are manufactured via a filament winding process followed by vacuum infusion.

Aerospace

Boeing releases annual aerospace market forecast

The 2020 Boeing Market Outlook (BMO) projects near-term challenges in the commercial aviation and services market and resilience in the long-term, showing a resilient $8.5 trillion total market over ten years.
#workforcedevelopment #boeing

Defense

Solvay, Lockheed Martin continue F-35 aircraft partnership

The new five-year contract with Lockheed Martin builds on Solvay’s F-35 program commitment to provide high-performance materials and the company’s leadership in composite and adhesive technologies.
#f-35 #lockheedmartin

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Additive Manufacturing

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

Aerospace

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.
#boeing #layup #outofautoclave

Automotive

Wisconsin Oven upgrades curing control system

Wisconsin Oven (East Troy, Wis., U.S.) has announced release of the latest version of its established Wisconsin Premium Control System (WPCS) for data acquisition and control of the oven-based composites curing process.

Defense

Technical Fibre Products microfiber support veils

Technical Fibre Products has launched its range of next-generation surfacing and adhesive support veils, for superior flexibility and surface smoothness.
#adhesives

Thermoplastics

JEC World 2019 preview: Technical Fibre Products

Technical Fibre Products (TFP, Burneside, U.K., 5/P32) is launching its range of next-generation surfacing and adhesive support veils, designed to offer superior flexibility and surface smoothness, and to supplement the company’s current Optiveil materials.
#adhesives