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Filament winding specialist Material presented a paper at the SAMPE Europe Technical Conference and Exhibition in Madrid last week, featuring the use of filament winding technology in aerospace applications.
In recent years the amount of carbon fibre used in structural components for aircraft and space applications has significantly increased. Airplanes for commercial aviation are being designed where composite materials represent 50% of the mass. Currently the new launch system VEGA is being tested using the largest composite rocket motor case ever developed in Europe. In times of increasing fuel prices the unique properties of composites help to make air and space transportation more efficient.
Filament winding is one of the few manufacturing processes which allow a high level of automation and process control needed to ensure the required production volume and quality control. The paper discussed the benefits and limitations of this technology and showed some examples of recent applications in the aircraft and space industry.
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