TESTING

Testing

AIMS Metrology introduces coordinate measurement machine for large parts inspection

Suited for composites applications in a range of industries, the Summit is engineered with a 5-axis scanning probe, REVO-2 sensors and options for automation.

Hannah Mason
Associate Editor, CompositesWorld

Aerospace

TU Delft, KLM's Flying-V aircraft performs successful maiden flight

With the V-shaped long-haul aircraft’s successful maiden flight underway, next steps include using the data collected during the flight to develop an aerodynamic model.
#airbus

Consumer

Using nondestructive testing to inspect, repair carbon fiber bicycles

An Oregon-based bicycle inspection and repair shop uses an Olympus ultrasonic thickness gage to evaluate and fix structural damage.
#ndi #application

Automotive

All-composite EV wheel moves to next development phase

U.K. consortium partners’ ACRIM II project aims to develop a low-cost, lightweight, all-composite wheel for electric vehicle applications.
#electricvehicles #automation #sheetmoldingcompound

Testing

BreakThru Technology reduces free formaldehyde in phenolic resins

The technology reduces free formaldehyde in phenolic fiber-reinforced plastic (FRP) resins to below 1000ppm (less than 0.1%).

Shearographic inspection

Automating NDT for CFRP aerostructures

Robotic laser shearography enables 100% inspection of complex, flight-critical composite structures.
#insidemanufacturing #airbus #ndi

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Videos / Podcasts

Carbon Fibers

Successful tower extension test for James Webb space telescope

The test ensured the tower extensions on NASA’s composites-intensive telescope would keep the structure cool enough to detect infrared light. 
#space #northropgrumman

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

Carbon Fibers

Automated Preforming, Part 7: Fill Gesellschaft

Fill automates preforming for 1-min cycle time overmolded thermoplastic automotive parts but supplies automation throughout aero- and autocomposites process chains.
#autoclave #boeing #facc

Testing

Composites at AeroDef 2018

Highlights from the Aerospace Defense Manufacturing Conference – AeroDef 2018 include new technologies for tooling, drilling/machining and inspection of advanced composites.
#workforcedevelopment #adhesives #layup

Design/Simulation

Automated Preforming, Part 5: Holistic Quality Optimization

Simulation and testing key to integrated approach for optimization of automated preforming, offering time and cost savings as well as basis for automated quality inspection.
#automation #outofautoclave

Glass Fibers

Automated Preforming, Part 4: Drapability Testing

Textechno discusses how this test works, the new German test standard and its benefits for composites
#weaving #automation #workforcedevelopment

Aerospace

InFactory Solutions with Airbus

Airbus spin-off supplying Industry 4.0 systems for composites completes first qualification and discusses future developments for defect position visualization.
#a350 #layup #airbus

Aerospace

TU Delft, KLM's Flying-V aircraft performs successful maiden flight

With the V-shaped long-haul aircraft’s successful maiden flight underway, next steps include using the data collected during the flight to develop an aerodynamic model.
#airbus

Testing

All-composite EV wheel moves to next development phase

U.K. consortium partners’ ACRIM II project aims to develop a low-cost, lightweight, all-composite wheel for electric vehicle applications.
#electricvehicles #automation #sheetmoldingcompound

Testing

AeroFurnace consortium develops composite thermal insulation

According to consortium partners, SGL Carbon, ZAE Bayern and FCT Systeme, up to 40% of the required process energy for high-temperature furnaces can be saved.

Testing

MS-21 begins engine water protection tests

The test is meant to confirm that water does not disrupt any of the MS-21’s existing systems, equipment or structural elements.
#ms21

Testing

NASA announces new James Webb Space Telescope target launch date

The observatory is expected to launch Oct. 31, 2021, a change resulting from technical challenges and the impact of the pandemic.
#space #northropgrumman #sustainability

Prepregs

TPRC investigates AFP in-situ consolidation alternative

The two-step process involves deposition of thermoplastic prepreg via AFP, followed by vacuum-bag-only (VBO). Research has already been completed in the qualitative stage. 
#automation #outofautoclave

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Testing

AIMS Metrology introduces coordinate measurement machine for large parts inspection

Suited for composites applications in a range of industries, the Summit is engineered with a 5-axis scanning probe, REVO-2 sensors and options for automation.

Testing

BreakThru Technology reduces free formaldehyde in phenolic resins

The technology reduces free formaldehyde in phenolic fiber-reinforced plastic (FRP) resins to below 1000ppm (less than 0.1%).

Wind/Energy

Sino Polymer develops high-performance epoxy resin systems for prepreg applications

The one-component carbon fiber prepreg can be cured at 150ºC for 10 minutes, is suitable for structural parts requiring Tg within 120-140ºC and can be stored for up to 18 months at -18ºC
#layup

Epoxies

Broetje-Automation presents automated sealer for aircraft components.

The automated, modular system enables clean, safe and speedy production for all aircraft component sealing. 
#composites4_0

Testing

Magnum Venus products launches fusion filament winder

Ideal for winding pressure vessels, the Fusion filament winder is a compact, adaptable design. 

Testing

Exact Metrology presents RS-SQUARED area scanner

Manufactured by Hexagon, the 3D white light scanner is designed for high-speed, portable scanning of parts and surfaces.