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Prepreg Processing in Composites Aerospace Production

Prepregs are reinforcement materials that have been pre-impregnated with a thermoplastic or thermoset resin. Cured under high temperatures and pressures, prepregs are ideal for high-performance aerospace applications thanks to advantages like low thermal expansion and environmental corrosion resistance. Prepregs have long been in demand for aerospace applications ranging from aircraft interior parts to exterior wings. Read More…

Carbon Fiber Composites Take Flight with NASA Rotorcraft Mars Mission

When NASA is employing carbon composites for its space missions, it is safe to say the materials are proven effective and considered reliable and high functioning. NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter, descending from its Perseverance rover, recently landed its four carbon composites legs on the surface of Mars. Back here on Earth, the uses for composites in Read More…

High-Quality Tooling from Aerovac Performs at High Temps Needed for Aerospace

Tooling used in the manufacture of composite parts can be made from a variety of materials including composites. The ideal materials used in composites tooling are often determined by the required volume of composite part production and curing temperatures. Tooling produced with composite materials are often more cost-effective and simple to integrate into composites manufacturing. Read More…

Thermoplastics: Hot on the Presses

Aerospace manufacturers have the opportunity to drive growth and reshape the industry in 2021 by pursuing technological developments. Aerospace manufacturers are continually seeking innovative solutions to increase the rate of production of commercial aircrafts that will meet future demand for air travel. Reducing weight and improving efficiency is one of the key goals of aerospace Read More…

Infusing Efficiency into Aerospace Production

Autoclave prepreg has long been the de facto process for most large and mid-sized aerostructures. Today, advancements in resin infusion processes are helping to produce composite-based structural aircraft components completely out of the autoclave and at up to one-tenth of the cost—and all the performance. Aircraft manufacturers have sought methods to expedite composites component production Read More…

Advanced Composites: Flying High in Aerospace

When it comes to advanced composites, the name says a lot. The word “advanced” is defined by Merriam Webster as “being beyond others in progress or ideas.” This describes how composite materials are coming together to form the future of the aerospace industry, with the ultimate destination being fuel efficiency. The growing reliance on carbon Read More…

Out-of-Autoclave Manufactures Major Benefits

The notion of composites is all about combining materials to achieve a result better than their original form. The same can be said for the production methods that are used to manufacture composites. As the applications for composites continue to evolve, so do the advanced processes that are used to make them. Out-of-autoclave composite manufacturing Read More…

What’s So Great About Thermoplastics in Aerospace?

There’s plenty of space for exploration when it comes to thermoplastic applications in the aerospace industry. Thermoset technologies have been traditionally used for composites in aerospace, and now the industry is taking note of the benefits that its counterpart thermoplastics may provide in a wider range of applications. For many of the same reasons that Read More…

The Rise of Drones

Drones have become a mainstream recreational product in today’s society. According to the Federal Aviation Administration, sales of recreational drones are expected to grow from 2.5 million in 2016 to 7 million in 2020. While many people consider drones for use as a toy or flying camera, they were originally used in military settings. The Read More…

Graphene composites may lower corrosion in leading edges

Composites are used in many industries because they offer superior corrosion resistance compared to metals and other traditional materials. The modern airplane has especially benefited from the corrosion resistance of composites, and new graphene composites may be poised to help lower corrosion in one of the key areas of modern planes: leading edges. How graphene Read More…

Aerospace composites have vital role in supersonic airliner

One of the aerospace marvels of the 20th century is the Concorde supersonic airliner. Though this iconic aircraft is long gone, composites are being used to create a new supersonic airliner that may be the talk of the 21st century. How composites are benefitting a new supersonic airliner The aerospace industry has produced many marvels, Read More…

Aerospace composites make auxiliary fuel tanks lighter

The use of composites in the aerospace sector has grown astronomically over the past decade and will likely continue to grow in the near future. This growth is thanks to the fact that composites are being used to create structures from wings to radomes. Now, composites are helping military aircraft inside, too, with composite auxiliary Read More…

Why aerospace industries are learning to love the vacuum infusion process

The low weight and high strength of composites make them optimal for aerospace and aviation technology. Composites are commonly used in structural components of aircraft, as well as in the mechanical components. When producing composites to meet the demands of the aerospace and aviation industries, manufacturers must turn to the best methods. This is why Read More…