22 October 2003
22 October 2003
NCC exhibited its signature Rapid Fiber Preform (RFP) process, advanced closed molding techniques at Composites 2003.
RFP employs robotic arms to quickly place glass or carbon fibers on complex surfaces. The consistently high quality preforms produced by RFP are then easily set into a molding tool for resin injection and completion of the part. More conventional methods, such as hand or machine lay-up, require manual placement of fibers and are somewhat limited in the types of surfaces fibers can be applied to. The Center developed RFP’s capability to handle carbon fibers to meet the aerospace industry’s need for a cost effective composite material that can deliver high strength and stiffness at a low weight.
NCC teamed with Ashland Specialty Chemical Company and Why Not Composites in 2002 to establish a Closed Molding Cell at its headquarters and manufacturing facility. The Cell is being used to help educate the industry about improved closed molding techniques with a special emphasis on vacuum infusion.
Boeing has delivered the first of ten 787 Dreamliners to WestJet, marking the start of the airline's global expansion. Having long operated a fleet of Boeing single-aisle jets, WestJet will use the super-efficient, long-range 787-9 Dreamliner to profitably serve new international routes.
The Middlesex production facility of Web Industries’ Aerospace market team has earned accreditation from Nadcap (the National Aerospace and Defense Contractors Accreditation Program) covering the facility’s composite cutting and kitting operations.
Group Rhodes, through its Rhodes Interform business, has developed a revolutionary new process that enables large monocoque components, particularly those produced by super plastic forming (SPF) from very thin material, to more accurately retain their shape on cooling.