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Hexcel’s Chris Harrington will be presenting new composite technologies for the high volume manufacture of carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP)/metal hybrid structures in the automotive industry at Multicomp 2017, Nottingham, UK, on 14-15 June.
Multicomp is a new conference organised by NetComposites to bring together researchers, designers, manufacturers and end-users to showcase the latest developments in hybrid composite solutions within high value sectors such as automotive, aerospace, rail and energy.
Hybrid components that combine composites and metal are becoming increasingly popular in vehicle designs, allowing engineers to combine the best properties of each material in a single lightweight design. However, a number of challenges have to be overcome, which Chris Harrington will describe in his presentation before explaining how Hexcel has developed a new fast-curing carbon fibre/epoxy prepreg for the automated production of prepreg stacks, and a new film adhesive Redux 677. These products work in conjunction to provide an optimised solution for the automated manufacturing of automotive CFRP hybrid structures.
Chris Harrington is Section Leader R&T at Hexcel, based at the company’s new Innovation Centre in Duxford, UK. With 20 years’ experience in the development, scale up and qualification of advanced composite materials he manages Hexcel’s Industrial Research group, which focuses on product development and technology leadership in automotive and wind energy sectors worldwide.
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