31 March 2008
31 March 2008
metal parts from rain erosion, sand erosion and other wear damage.
“The Nanovate process achieves very high strength and hardness through reducing the metal grain structure by 1000x, to the nanoscale. The properties combine to give excellent damage protection for relatively soft materials.” says Rich Emrich, Program Manager at Integran. “Our customers are concerned with erosion damage and this solution allows them to add protection while minimizing the added weight.”
Nanovate-NS can be selectively applied, allowing performance to be delivered where it is needed. Nanovate-NS performs well on composites under a wide variety of environmental conditions and is currently being applied to a number of high volume components in the aerospace and industrial sectors.
Outside of composite part applications, Integran continues to be active in developing solutions for composites with Nanovate-NV (Nanovar), a coating which adds durability and lifespan to CFRP tooling.
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.