07 August 2010
07 August 2010
Automated Dynamics has delivered a new piece of high-performance composite processing equipment to GKN Aerospace.
The machine has been installed in GKN’s new pre-production facility on the Isle of Wight, United Kingdom, which will be at the heart of the next developments in the Environmental Lightweight Fan (ELF) research program. The program’s goal is to develop an all-composite engine fan blade that will improve aircraft engine performance and reduce emissions.
“Composite materials offer the benefits of low weight and high strength and are corrosion free and fatigue resistant. Their use reduces aircraft fuel consumption and emission while also cutting costly and time-consuming maintenance activities,” said Phil Grainger, chief engineer, GKN (CTAL).
Grainger also noted that the application of composite materials on airframes has increased from 1 percent to 60 percent of an aircraft’s structure over the last 30 years.
“We’re proud to have developed this machine for GKN Aerospace,” said Jim Harty, vice president, Sales and Marketing, Automated Dynamics. “Our ability to tailor automation of fiber placement and tape laying equipment provide production-ready solutions for our clients and helps them realize a rapid return-on-investment. We’re confident this will be the case for GKN.”
Automated Dynamics’ equipment will help GKN Aerospace effectively manufacture the complex, often curved aero-engine structures of the future.
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.