31 May 2001
31 May 2001
Airbus UK and Devold AMT have clarified the announcement made last week. They have signed a three year collaboration contract to further develop and demonstrate carbon Non Crimp Fabrics (NCFs) for aircraft primary structure. The total value of the work is NOK22m and includes support from the Norwegian government SND. This activity builds on a longstanding relationship between the two companies and will include the manufacture and testing of a structural element with supporting mechanical coupon data.
NCFs are being considered for use on existing aircraft but have greater potential for application on new product developments including the recently launched twin, aisle, double-deck Airbus A380 and the military transporter, the A400M.
Airbus UK is responsible for the design, manufacture and assembly of all wings for the Airbus family of aircraft.
The use of composites within the rail industry is predicted to grow by up to 40% between 2015 and 2020 according to the Composites Leadership Forum, reports Fibrelite, a UK manufacturer of composite trench covers.
Plasan Carbon Composites (PCC) has been awarded a contract to produce the first composite ramps and bridgeplates for Amtrak.