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MC Gill’s Kevlar Honeycomb Qualifies for Boeing 787

22 July 2005

M.C. Gill Corporation's Gillcore HK honeycomb has met Boeing's BMS 8-124 material specification standards and will feature on Boeing’s composite 787.

Manufactured from DuPont Kevlar N636 paper, this lightweight honeycomb core is an alternative to Nomex, Korex and fibreglass honeycomb and is planned for use on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft which features 50% composite materials.

The improved shear strength and modulus of Gillcore HK honeycomb allows composite part designers to use lower density honeycomb core to realize potential weight savings. Potential aircraft applications include interiors – such as flooring, sidewalls, ceilings, galleys and lavatories. Additional potential uses are in aircraft secondary structures, in particular engine nacelles, wing trailing and leading edge components, fairings, wingtips and access doors.

Gillcore HK honeycomb is available as blocks, sheets or finished core details. Densities range from 2.0 to 10.0 pounds per cubic foot with cell sizes available at 1/8”, 5/32”, and 3/16”. Thicknesses range from 0.080” up to 35”, with lengths up to 144” and widths up to 60”.

M.C. Gill has been manufacturing Gillcore HK honeycomb since 2000, and currently supplies this lightweight honeycomb core to a number of key aircraft manufacturers and aerospace companies in both the U.S. and Europe.

In addition, to Gillcore HK honeycomb, M.C. Gill Corporation is a key supplier of Gillcore HD Nomex honeycomb, aircraft passenger and cargo floor panels, interior sandwich panels, and cargo liners. With a global presence, and headquartered in El Monte, California, the company continues to expand its product line to meet the evolving requirements of its extensive customer base.






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