DEFENSE

Defense

AeroVironment to acquire Acturus UAV, maker of CFRP-intensive T-20

Transaction drives growth, broadens capabilities and customer footprint, and positions both companies for next-gen programs.

Grace Nehls
Assistant Editor, CompositesWorld

Aerospace

Boeing announces Q4 2020 deliveries

With steps taken to adapt to its new market in 2020, Boeing is entering 2021 with an emphasis on enhancing safety culture, preserving liquidity and transforming its future business.
#boeing

Aerospace

Airbus awards A400M supply contract to Teledyne CML Composites

The contract includes thermoplastic composite wing components, in line with Teledyne CML Composites’ recent investments in thermoplastics processing.
#a400m #airbus

Urban Air Mobility

Agility Prime completes Joby eVTOL airworthiness evaluation report

The U.S. Air Force’s initiative to accelerate the vertical aircraft market lays the groundwork for the use of Joby’s eVTOL equipment for military missions.
#electricvehicles #nextgenaerospace

Defense

Elroy Air, U.S. Air Force expand partnership, advance VTOL aircraft platform

Phase 3 SBIR award will fund the unmanned cargo aircraft’s technical demonstrations, performance validations and result in potential acquisition into the U.S. Air Force.

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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

Fabrics/Preforms

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

Design/Simulation

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

Consumer

Composites Index contracts on weak backlogs

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

Prepregs

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

Marine

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

Automotive

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

Defense

AeroVironment to acquire Acturus UAV, maker of CFRP-intensive T-20

Transaction drives growth, broadens capabilities and customer footprint, and positions both companies for next-gen programs.
#uas

Aerospace

Boeing announces Q4 2020 deliveries

With steps taken to adapt to its new market in 2020, Boeing is entering 2021 with an emphasis on enhancing safety culture, preserving liquidity and transforming its future business.
#boeing

Prepregs

Airbus awards A400M supply contract to Teledyne CML Composites

The contract includes thermoplastic composite wing components, in line with Teledyne CML Composites’ recent investments in thermoplastics processing.
#a400m #airbus

Defense

Agility Prime completes Joby eVTOL airworthiness evaluation report

The U.S. Air Force’s initiative to accelerate the vertical aircraft market lays the groundwork for the use of Joby’s eVTOL equipment for military missions.
#electricvehicles #nextgenaerospace

Defense

Elroy Air, U.S. Air Force expand partnership, advance VTOL aircraft platform

Phase 3 SBIR award will fund the unmanned cargo aircraft’s technical demonstrations, performance validations and result in potential acquisition into the U.S. Air Force.

Defense

Lockheed Martin acquires Aerojet Rocketdyne

The transaction is expected to enhance Lockheed Martin's support of critical U.S. and allied security missions, and add substantial expertise in propulsion to the company’s portfolio.
#lockheedmartin

NEW PRODUCTS: DEFENSE

Construction

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.

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

Consumer

DSM introduces new UHMWPE fiber

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

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

Curing

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.

Aerospace

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