10 September 2007
10 September 2007
Filament winding specialist Material presented a paper at the SAMPE Europe Technical Conference and Exhibition in Madrid last week, featuring the use of filament winding technology in aerospace applications.
In recent years the amount of carbon fibre used in structural components for aircraft and space applications has significantly increased. Airplanes for commercial aviation are being designed where composite materials represent 50% of the mass. Currently the new launch system VEGA is being tested using the largest composite rocket motor case ever developed in Europe. In times of increasing fuel prices the unique properties of composites help to make air and space transportation more efficient.
Filament winding is one of the few manufacturing processes which allow a high level of automation and process control needed to ensure the required production volume and quality control. The paper discussed the benefits and limitations of this technology and showed some examples of recent applications in the aircraft and space industry.
Alvant has been appointed to work on a two-year, £28 million project titled Large Landing Gear of the Future, which aims to deliver a 30% weight reduction and assist the aerospace industry’s drive to reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions.
Hexadrone’s 3D printed Tundra prototype, manufactured by CRP Technology via laser sintering (LS) technology using Windform SP and Windform XT 2.0 carbon composite materials, has won the Red Dot Award 2018 in the drone category.
UK company Norco Composites has invested in a larger spray booth and a new cutting and kitting machine to enable the company to increase productivity in line with growing demand from its marine customers.