Southampton, United Kingdom
"Hamble Structures Composites department has a long tradition in composite manufacture and has continued to enlarge the size and scope of its facilities to meet the diverse needs of the aerospace industry. The facility is equipped to handle large components and structures in carbon, glass and aramid fibre, both as monolithic and honeycomb sandwich assemblies, produced by both vacuum oven curing and autoclave techniques. The business offers a full “turnkey” package for composite components and assemblies, including design, testing, material and process development, tooling and manufacture. It has produced composite assemblies for a wide range of civil and military programmes including B.Ae. 146 and ATP, Boeing 777 and 737, Raytheon Hawker Jet, McDonnell Douglas C-17 and MD80/90, SAAB 340 and 2000, Harrier GR5 and Eurofighter 2000. Structures for these programmes include various nacelles, flap track fairings, fin fairings and wing leading edges. In addition to components made in both 125°C and 175°C-cure epoxy, the Composites facility has a long background in the manufacture of components using Bismaleimide (BMI) resins for high temperature applications starting with gun pod fairings for the Harrier GR5. These consist of carbon fibre/BMI skins with a nomex honeycomb core for service up to 218°C. This work led to, in 1993, the design and manufacture of the large Flap Hinge Fairings for the McDonnell Douglas C-17 Globemaster III Airlifter in BMI. These parts utilise the very latest toughened BMI resins and adhesives and consist of a complex assembly of solid laminate and honeycomb core sandwich panels. Advances in materials and processing technology developed by the Composites department allow the production of large sandwich construction panels by co-curing that meet all of the stringent requirements of the US Airforce. The department pursued concurrent engineering practices for the re-design, tooling and process development that enabled a full set of BMI fairings to be manufactured, installed and in flight trials within an extremely short space of time. The department is housed in a modern well equipped facility for manufacturing composite components and assemblies, which include CNC Cutting of pre-preg kits, large temperature and humidity controlled clean-rooms, vacuum curing ovens, five autoclaves (largest 3.65m diameter x 9.14m length), two 5-axis CNC machines, co-ordinate measuring machine, NDT and paintshop. It is well positioned to pursue new contracts either solely or mainly manufactured from composite materials, given their wealth of experience and known capabilities in this field both for Military and Civil applications."
Telephone: 02380 744073