26 June 2012
26 June 2012
Umeco will be exhibiting examples of Airbus-qualified prepregs on stand H1/B14 at the Farnborough show, which takes place between 9th and 13th July 2012.
Umeco says its MTM44-1, MTM45-1, MTM46 epoxy prepregs are in use at major air framers, including Airbus. Visitors to the Umeco stand will see an aerospace sandwich panel manufactured using a combination of the company’s MTM44-1 OoA carbon fabric prepreg and MTF246 sandable surface improvement film. This combination enables the customer to produce paint-ready parts with minimal reworking and curing costs.
They explain that there will be an integrally-stiffened monolithic wing skin demonstrator section manufactured using their OoA MTM44-1 carbon unidirectional prepreg also on display. This material was chosen for its high toughness, low density and ability to produce low void content parts using vacuum bag moulding.
Xavier Gambert, Umeco Aerospace Market Sector Manager, said “We have a very wide range of prepregs qualified at major OEMs, and not only for civil aircraft structures. For example, in space applications, we have low out-gassing cyanate esters and epoxies qualified at ESA. For aircraft interiors, we supply phenolics and epoxy prepregs.”
In other news, Umeco’s prepregs have been used by Australian composites parts manufacturer LSM Advanced Composites Pty on the Deepsea Challenger, the previously reported record-breaking submersible which completed a record-breaking solo dive to the deepest place on Earth - the Mariana Trench - on the 26th March 2012.
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