NetComposites
Airtech

Chomarat Presents C-PLY Applications at CAMX 2017

05 December 2017

Chomarat Presents C-PLY Applications at CAMX 2017

Chomarat will present two new applications using its C-PLY carbon multiaxial fabric – a drone wing and a kayak – at the CAMX 2017 exhibition in Orlando, Florida, USA, on 12-14 December.

The drone wing for DASH X, a Class II UAV, was created in partnership with VX Aerospace and Northrup Grumman. The drone can be folded and stowed inside a cylindrical container that is carried and deployed from a tactical aircraft. C-PLY is used in the construction of the wing, the horizontal stabilisers, the vertical fin and all of the control surfaces.

“When it comes to wing skins, there is not a better material," says VX Aerospace Chief Engineer Bob Skillen. "The extremely thin non-crimped laminate with customisable ply angles is perfect. Strength and stiffness are tailored for the loads. There are no weight and performance compromises created by undesired ‘off-axis’ ply angles. No other hand-placeable material can do this.”

The ultra-light, all-carbon kayak is the product of a collaborative project with Confluence Outdoor. C-PLY was chosen for its mechanical properties, which are said increase the kayak’s performance ten times compared to a classic construction.

“We chose C-PLY for the incredible mechanical properties of the non-crimp fabric," confirms Oliver Wainwright, Product Engineer at Confluence Outdoor. "The ability to reduce the number of plies to have strength that is equal to that of its woven counterparts has helped us produce a lightweight kayak that can push the boundaries of our sport and achieve something that has never been done successfully by anyone else. The added benefit of being able to choose the fibre angle allows us to place material in an optimal position for our boat shape and get the directional stiffness we require.”


Photo provided by Chromarat




Share this story


Related / You might like...

GM Recognises CSP and Teijin with Distinctive Innovation Award

Continental Structural Plastics (CSP), along with its parent company Teijin, were honoured by General Motors with the automakers Innovation Award at its 27th Annual Supplier of the Year awards ceremony held in Warren, Michigan, US.

Carboman Group and Eviation Aircraft Showcase Carbon Fibre Fuselage

Carboman Group (Carboman) announces that it is collaborating with Eviation Aircraft, on Eviation’s ‘Alice’ - an all-electric aircraft structure that will debut at the 53rd Paris Air Show in Le Bourget.  

JEC Startup Booster Worldwide Tour

Launched in 2017, JEC Startup Booster is the leading and unique start-up competition in the world of composites in which hundreds of start-ups participate to pitch their breakthrough innovations in front of a jury of experts from international groups and companies involved in the making of innovative materials.