28 May 2008
28 May 2008
KaZaK Composites has developed and manufactured several new carbon epoxy wings for use on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs).
KaZaK has used the pultrusion process to manufacture these wings, which accounts for the reduction in cost.
“In the past, handmade wings were often the first choice for UAVs”, says John Schickling, EVP, COO/CFO of KaZaK Composites. “Unfortunately, some of the newer platforms being developed for UAVs cannot be burdened with the higher cost of handmade wings if the unit is deemed expendable. KaZaK has designed a carbon epoxy wing that is both cost-efficient and suitable for use on UAVs.” “Here at KaZaK we designed a carbon epoxy wing that had a high fibre volume and therefore excellent strength-to-weight ratios, which allows for significant weight savings over aluminium wings of the same strength,” says Jerry Fanucci, president of KaZaK Composites. “Additionally, we are able to manufacture the wings through the pultrusion process, which is a very low-cost process. Pultrusion is a fully automated process and therefore has virtually no labour costs associated with it.”