TESTING

Testing

Bye Aerospace begins next flight test phase for eFlyer 2

The next flight test phase for the eFlyer 2 focuses on selecting the most effective propeller that meets lightweight and efficiency requirements.

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Assistant Editor, CompositesWorld

Testing

Flexure testing of sandwich composites

Dan Adams assesses the facesheet or core failures for three-point and four-points flexural loading configurations. 
#design-and-testing

Aerospace

NASA prepares for phased testing of its first all-electric X-plane

Flight testing of the X-57 Maxwell will assess its electric cruise motors and composites-intensive, high-aspect ratio wings. 
#sustainability #electricvehicles

Testing

Clean Sky 2 program highlights NEWCORT and DIMES project

The projects focus on technologies that can detect pre-existing damage and improve composite repairs for next-generation aircraft. 
#cleansky #nextgenaerospace #automation

Aerospace

Wisk resumes eVTOL aircraft flight testing

Following the coronavirus pandemic, flight testing of the all-electric aircraft, Cora, resumes in the U.S. and New Zealand.
#electricvehicles #nextgenaerospace #sustainability

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

Testing

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

Fabrics/Preforms

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

ATL/AFP

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

Carbon 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

Testing

Bye Aerospace begins next flight test phase for eFlyer 2

The next flight test phase for the eFlyer 2 focuses on selecting the most effective propeller that meets lightweight and efficiency requirements.
#electricvehicles #sustainability

Aerospace

NASA prepares for phased testing of its first all-electric X-plane

Flight testing of the X-57 Maxwell will assess its electric cruise motors and composites-intensive, high-aspect ratio wings. 
#sustainability #electricvehicles

Testing

Clean Sky 2 program highlights NEWCORT and DIMES project

The projects focus on technologies that can detect pre-existing damage and improve composite repairs for next-generation aircraft. 
#cleansky #nextgenaerospace #automation

Urban Air Mobility

Wisk resumes eVTOL aircraft flight testing

Following the coronavirus pandemic, flight testing of the all-electric aircraft, Cora, resumes in the U.S. and New Zealand.

Carbon Fibers

Virtual testing validates Harper International precursor processing equipment

The oven and furnace system will be used in carbon fiber precursor research at the University of British Columbia.

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. 

NEW PRODUCTS: TESTING

Aerospace

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

Energy Storage

Magnum Venus products launches fusion filament winder

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

Testing

Exact Metrology offers portable 3D laser scanner

The Leica RTC360 3D laser scanner is a portable coordinate measuring machine designed to measure large-scale objects.
#workforcedevelopment

Testing

Taber Industries launches new models of precision test instrument

Available with a single or dual turntable, the Taber Rotary Platform Abraser is a precision test instrument used to evaluate a material’s resistance to wear.

Energy Storage

Flaw detector includes new features to improve inspection workflow

Designed for pressure vessels and pipes, Olympus’s OmniScan X3 flaw detector is said to combine the tools needed for efficient phased array ultrasonic testing (PAUT) inspections.

Testing

Zetec scanner designed for versatile ultrasonic testing

The versatile, manual 2D encoded scanner is designed for ultrasonic inspections of oil and gas, aerospace and other applications.
#ndi