7th March 2017, Badinières
Porcher Industries and Airbus Helicopters will showcase their new cutting-edge H160 composite helicopter’s rotor hub at the upcoming JEC World trade fair, which takes place in Paris, France, next week.
The H160 is the first civil helicopter with a composite structure making it an aircraft that is lighter, more robust, more resistant to corrosion and fatigue, and with significantly reduced maintenance needs, according to the manufacturer.
Porcher Industries, a leader in technical textiles, carbon fibre reinforcements and thermoplastic composite solutions, has partnered with Airbus Helicopters to develop a new carbon/PEEK reinforced solution for optimised weight-saving and damage tolerance (versus other metals or composites made of thermoset resin).
The high performance prepreg material was developed using a PEEK resin, and required special reinforcement processing and high temperature impregnation expertise. According to the company, this project has allowed Airbus Helicopters to master the processing and production of a CFRP composite part that delivers exceptional performance.
With the development of this innovative solution in partnership with Airbus Helicopters, Porcher Industries says it can confirm its leading technological position for high performance thermoplastic composites in the aerospace market.