31 July 2002
31 July 2002
Goodrich Corporation's Aerostructures Group has signed a long term lease agreement for a BOC pressure swing absorption (PSA) generator at its Riverside, California production facility.
The PSA generator makes nitrogen that is used to inert and pressurize the autoclaves Goodrich uses in the production of non-metallic, composite parts for use in the airline and aerospace industries.
A PSA is portable, and can be easily installed and sized to fit the customer's production needs. It is especially attractive in applications where ultra-pure cryogenically-produced liquid nitrogen is not needed. PSAs are capable of producing high-purity nitrogen (99 percent purity or better), sufficient for many industrial gas applications.
""Goodrich was concerned about the reliability and safety of their liquid nitrogen supply,"" explains Larry Byrd, western regional non-cryogenic sales manager, BOC. ""They found our proposal for an on-site nitrogen generator better met their needs than the traditional tanker-truck/storage tank liquid supply solution. With an on-site PSA, Goodrich has better control over their source of supply and increased safety. Generating their own nitrogen on site also gives them some protection against wildly fluctuating prices.""
With 2001 aerospace sales of $4.2 billion, Goodrich Corporation (NYSE: GR) is a leading worldwide supplier of aerospace components, systems and services. Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, Goodrich is ranked by Fortune magazine as one of the ""Most Admired"" aerospace companies and is included on Forbes magazine's ""Platinum List"" of America's best big companies.
Solvay has signed a ten-year agreement for the supply of composites and adhesives to be used across Bell's military and commercial rotorcraft programmes, including the Bell 429, 407, 505, 525, V-22, and UH-1.
SGL Carbon and Fraunhofer IGCV have officially opened the Fibre Placement Centre (FPC) at SGL's site in Meitingen, Germany. Compositence, BA Composites and the Chair for Carbon Composites at the Technical University of Munich have also joined the alliance, and Coriolis Group and Cevotec are planning to come on board as partners.
With the aim developing a broader platform for additive manufacturing (AM) technologies, the University of Exeter, UK, and Victrex, have formed a strategic partnership to introduce next-generation polyaryletherketone (PAEK) polymers and composites while improving the performance of the underlying AM processes.