13 April 2010
Innovative new production possibilities with EADS-licensed composites technologies were recognised by two major awards from the JEC Group, which promotes the development of products and services for the worldwide composites industry.
These awards – presented at the JEC Composites show in Paris today – were for the application of innovative unidirectional braiding technology in the production of composite aircraft frames; and for a demonstrator of composite aircraft structures built using structural adhesive bonding. Both projects were developed with several other partners, and utilise EADS technologies that are available for external licensing through the EADS Technology Licensing initiative.
The award in JEC’s Automation Category was received by EADS Innovation Works – the company’s research and technology arm – for applying its unidirectional braiding technology to a new production line process. (See photo at the top of this post).
Developed in cooperation with SGL Kümpers, this automated pre-form production line enables high-quality, low-cost composite aircraft frames to be manufactured with significant design flexibility and excellent repeatability. The use of EADS-developed uniaxial braiding process improves the carbon fibres’ compressive strength – providing significantly better mechanical properties and additional weight savings.
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