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Victrex Showcase Technologies Pushing Aerospace and Energy Performance Boundaries to New Levels at JEC Europe 2015

  • Tuesday, 3rd March 2015
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Victrex will focus on delivering its cutting-edge solutions to the Aerospace and Energy sectors including the new Victrex hybrid moulding technology, enabling an unmatched combination of strength and design flexibility in aerospace components at JEC Europe 2015.

Working closely with engineers and technicians along the supply-chain, Victrex says it significantly contributes to speeding up manufacturing processes and lowering energy consumption with components that it claims are up to 60% lighter than metal. In addition, it says its PEEK parts help to extend total lifetime and service intervals in a broad range of industries. The newly-developed hybrid moulding technique represents an important part of the company’s stand at this year’s show.

“Our game-changing technology opens up endless design possibilities. Not only are we able to offer a solution with unique performance characteristics, we are able to partner with customers to design by analysis and to move from concept to commercialisation much faster,” said Tim Herr, Aerospace Strategic Business Unit Director.

Designing by analysis establishes a framework where the latest modelling software is used to design a part to specific requirements. A prototype is built and the performance of the model is validated in a lab setting. “By proving the value of this process using our extensive PAEK polymer knowledge, we are now able to expedite future part designs,” stated Herr.

Within the Aerospace sector, escalating aircraft backlogs have airframers searching for solutions that can improve efficiency along the entire supply chain as a means to reducing total system costs. The performance demands of aerospace components continue to push the limits of current metal and thermoset materials. With the launch of its hybrid moulding technology, Victrex expalisn that its solution allows engineers to combine the strength of its PAEK-based continuously-reinforced composites with the design flexibility of its PEEK injection moulding solutions.

Victrex explains that this over-moulding process enables the production of a part in minutes compared to the hours it could take for a metal or thermoset equivalent. In addition, achieving high specific strength with up to 60% weight savings as well as consolidating parts to create an elegant, highly-functional component, helps to reduce aircraft manufacturing time and weight.

The Oil and Gas sector, Victrex´s second focus during the show, have a few things in common with Aerospace – most importantly mitigating risks and the development of durable cost-effective solutions.

“To push the boundaries of downhole tool performance to new levels, Victrex invests in ongoing and rigorous test regimes to assure that our solutions perform in the most extreme HPHT1 environments,” said Tom Swanson, Energy Strategic Business Unit Director.

Victrex is heavily involved with standards committees such as NORSOK2, ISO, and API3 in order to develop a comprehensive protocol for the lifetime prediction of high performance polymers. Swanson also states that, “Victrex solutions have been used in more than 75 million sealing systems today. We are the only PAEK solutions provider able to offer 35 years of expertise and a vast portfolio of products to meet the ever-changing demands of downhole environments.” Productivity is of the utmost importance in the Oil and Gas industry with tool failures costing $100,000 on average. One further challenge the industry faces is that unconventional reserves are forcing Exploration and Production (E&P) companies to expose valuable equipment to high pressures as well as corrosive fluids and gases across an extreme temperature range.

To learn more, visit Victrex in Hall 7.2, Stand F41.

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