18 June 2013
18 June 2013
Leading composites company Hexcel will be participating in the Paris Air Show at Le Bourget from 17th to 23rd June on stand F80 in Hall 2B; Chalet 142, Row A.
Hexcel says display parts and promotions on the stand will demonstrate how its latest innovations are enhancing the new generation commercial aircraft, helicopters, engines and space applications.
At the show, Hexcel will be displaying the A350 XWB Stringer Run Out Demonstrator Panel loaned to them by Airbus, showcasing the HexPly M21E/IMA slit tape and UD tape.
Also at the air show, Hexcel is promoting its newly launched breakthrough HiTape dry carbon-fibre reinforcements. Developed with next-generation aircraft primary structures and engine/nacelle components in mind, Hexcel states that the HiTape combines the benefits of automated processing with the cost-effectiveness of out-of-autoclave infusion technologies.
Hexcel says it will be promoting its innovations for aircraft engines, including the HexMC bracket for which Safran recently presented the company with a special award. The bracket, developed for Snecma’s LEAP engine, represents a 75% weight reduction compared to its metal equivalent and pioneers a new way of using composite materials in aerospace. The brackets, which attach the Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC) to the engine’s fan casing, are critical as they are subjected to considerable vibration and thermal loads in service.
HexMC consists of carbon-fibre prepreg tape that is cut into 50mm x 8mm strips and arranged randomly to give parts quasi-isotropy, with the same high mechanical strength in all directions. This is impossible to achieve with traditional methods of using prepreg, such as draping or weaving. HexMC technology can be used to make high-performance composite parts with complex shapes and also to produce them in volume.
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