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AIC Group has recently completed the design and installation of a new autoclave for a Formula 1 team in the UK.
According to AIC, the autoclave is designed to operate at temperatures of up to 400oC, where the normal composites processing autoclave operate at 200-300oC. The autoclave also reaches pressures of up to 7 Bar, and achieves this in as little as 95 minutes. It is electrically heated and has an internal working size of 1.5m and is 2m in length.
The autoclave is being used to cure composite parts on F1 racing cars. A team of eight highly skilled engineers delivered the project on time and on budget at AIC’s Wallisdown factory in Dorset, UK.
AIC explains, the autoclave had to be skated through the F1 team’s working factory with gaps of as little as 10cm either side in some areas but it was designed with this in mind. The machine now runs every day and is covered by a service contract.
Tony Toll, CEO of AIC, said “Autoclaves are a part of the woodwork in F1 racing teams – everyone has got one or more. What we have done is produce an exceptional machine which can reach extremely high temperatures, enabling production of components made from more exotic materials.
“It was great to be part of a highly skilled, highly experienced team working at the cutting age of autoclave design. I’m sure this system will help to keep the team at the top of their game in the hugely competitive arena of formula racing.”
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