06 May 2005
06 May 2005
V System Composites has been awarded a contract from The Boeing Company to produce composite wind tunnel blades for the Boeing Transonic Wind Tunnel in Seattle, USA.
The blades are used in a 24ft. diametre fan in the wind tunnel facility, part of the Aero/Noise/Propulsion Laboratory, and performs an essential developmental role for all new aircraft programs within The Boeing Company.
VSC's contract is for an initial delivery of 72 blades, with an option for an additional 72 blades. Each blade is approximately 4 ft high, has a chord length of approximately 1.5 ft and weighs approximately 50 lbs. The blades will be produced in VSC's new expansion facility in Anaheim, CA using fibreglass/epoxy prepreg from Bryte Technologies, Inc. and will be cured in VSC's new 12 ft X 30 ft. autoclave.
VSC is a wholly owned subsidiary of DR Technologies, Inc. (DRT) who provide engineered composite structures products for the aerospace market.
Coriolis Composites has been selected by the National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) at Wichita State University (WSU), US, to provide a thermoplastics capable Automated Fibre Placement (AFP) system.
Boeing and Thermwood have employed additive manufacturing technology to produce a large, single-piece tool for the 777X programme. The project is demonstrating that additive manufacturing is ready to produce production quality tooling for the aerospace industry.
CRP USA will display solutions for the space industry manufactured in the Windform family of materials at Satellite Innovation 2018 at the Silicon Valley Computer History Museum, Mountain View, California, US, on 9-11 October.