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.
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.