PREPREGS

Prepregs

Teijin Tenax carbon fiber prepreg adopted for UltraFan aeroengine nacelle

Prepreg developed specifically for aircraft applications using high-performance and rapid-curing epoxy resin, with low-temp molding and automated processing capabilities.

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Assistant Editor, CompositesWorld

Prepregs

Gurit extends contract with Pilatus Aircraft for aerospace-qualified prepregs

Five-year materials supply contract extension covers prepreg delivery for secondary aircraft structures and interior applications, including the CFRP/GFRP PC-24 jet.

Compression Molding

Porosity, voids and bridging in prepreg autoclave and vacuum bag-only laminates

Consideration of materials, methods and systems explores ways to reduce potential surface porosity, voids, resin-rich areas, bridging and other flaws in composite laminates.
#bmi #troubleshooter

Thermoplastics

Teijin Carbon Europe launches carbon fiber/PPS UD tape

The new Tenax prepregged tape with PPS matrix allows entry into new cost-sensitive markets while offering the typical TPUD advantages like resistance to chemicals and solvents, low flammability, storage or shipping at room temperature and recyclability.
#paek #peek

Glass Fibers

Kaneka Aerospace starts up carbon and glass fiber prepreg operations

Subsidiary installs new automated filming and prepreg equipment at Benecia, California, facility, with capabilities to produce 50-inch-wide prepreg tapes ranging from 140-1,100 gsm areal weight.

Videos / Podcasts

Prepregs

CompPair closes seed funding to advance composite self-healing technology

EPFL spin-off company has launched HealTech which repairs composite damage in one minute by applying heat.
#repair

Thermoplastics

Challenges of laser-assisted tape winding of thermoplastic composites

Practical solutions for process-related challenges in LATW, which has great potential for pressure vessels and storage tanks.
#troubleshooter

Fabrics/Preforms

Carbon Axis XCell strengthens AFP capabilities at Compositadour

New robotic cell will expand testing, prototyping and pre-series production for industries looking to automate composites preforming.
#automation

Prepregs

AFP tow steering comes of age, Part 1: Current state

It used to be enough that AFP systems could precisely and quickly place and cut multiple tows to build complex aerostructures. Now, fabricators need those tows steered, and the tighter the radius, the better.
#nextgenaerospace #f-35 #airbus

Carbon Fibers

Episode 34: Carmelo Lo Faro, Solvay Composite Materials

Carmelo Lo Faro, president of Solvay Composite Materials, talks about how he sees aerocomposites evolving in the time of COVID-19, the rise of computational power to evolve composites use, the prospects for increased composites use in the automotive market, and the increasing importance of education in the composites industry.
#boeing #nextgenaerospace #space

Prepregs

Addcomposites and Effman partner to provide AFP cells for SMEs

Aim is affordable, enclosed composites manufacturing cells for many different processes (AFP, grinding, buffing, sanding, drilling) in North American market. 
#automation

Carbon Fibers

C-FREX exoskeleton depends on CFRP for unpowered movement

C-FREX uses a novel design and CFRP to overcome the heaviness and weakness of metallic exoskeletons.
#insidemanufacturing #layup #autoclave

Prepregs

Teijin Tenax carbon fiber prepreg adopted for UltraFan aeroengine nacelle

Prepreg developed specifically for aircraft applications using high-performance and rapid-curing epoxy resin, with low-temp molding and automated processing capabilities.
#nextgenaerospace #automation #airbus

Prepregs

Gurit extends contract with Pilatus Aircraft for aerospace-qualified prepregs

Five-year materials supply contract extension covers prepreg delivery for secondary aircraft structures and interior applications, including the CFRP/GFRP PC-24 jet.

Prepregs

Kaneka Aerospace starts up carbon and glass fiber prepreg operations

Subsidiary installs new automated filming and prepreg equipment at Benecia, California, facility, with capabilities to produce 50-inch-wide prepreg tapes ranging from 140-1,100 gsm areal weight.

Urban Air Mobility

Heatcon to distribute Hexcel prepregs for UAV/AAM market

The partnership includes North American distribution of Hexcel carbon fiber prepreg tapes and fabrics to support urban air mobility manufacturing and repair.

Prepregs

TRB Lightweight Structures manufactures prepreg material in-house to streamline part production

Company reaches 25,000-part milestone via rapid-cure prepreg technology.

Prepregs

Cobra International commissions prepreg compression molding production line

Production capacity delivers highly structural prepreg carbon fiber hydrofoil components with a final surface finish straight from the mold.

NEW PRODUCTS: PREPREGS

Carbon Fibers

Teijin Carbon Europe launches carbon fiber/PPS UD tape

The new Tenax prepregged tape with PPS matrix allows entry into new cost-sensitive markets while offering the typical TPUD advantages like resistance to chemicals and solvents, low flammability, storage or shipping at room temperature and recyclability.
#paek #peek

ATL/AFP

Borflex releases compacting AFP roller range

Applicable to thermoset or thermoplastic prepregs, the Fiberroll compacting roller range ensure optimal surface appearance, rugosity and geometry while avoiding material adherence.

Carbon Fibers

Teijin launches carbon fiber intermediate material brands

Tenax PW and Tenax BM is a series of aircraft- and satellite-quality materials made for sport applications with superior strength, toughness and durability compared to standard Teijin carbon fiber prepregs

Infusion

HexPly XF surface materials satisfy high-quality wind blade surface finish

Suitable for prepreg and infusion processes, Hexcel’s HexPly XF reduce shell manufacturing time by up to 2 hours and removes all surface defects prior to painting.
#outofautoclave #windblades

Aerospace

Axiom Materials CerFace AX-8810 surface film improves outer finish of CMC components

Surface film protects exposed fibers and minimizes surface roughness of CMC components for operating temperatures of up to 1,093ºC.
#ceramicmatrixcomposites

Filament Winding

Cygnet Texkimp presents next-generation composites unrolling creel

Flatline Creel uses low-pressure, low-friction patented pneumatic technology to regulate the torque applied to each position on the creel. 
#weaving