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6th March 2017, Stamford, CT

Hexcel to exhibit latest composite innovations at JEC World 2017

Hexcel will promote a number of composite innovations for aerospace, wind energy, automotive and recreation industries at the upcoming JEC World exhibition that will take place from 14-16 March in Paris, France.

Among the aerospace displays will be an Airbus A320neo fan cowl for the LEAP-1A engine manufactured by Airbus Defense and Space using Hexcel HexPly 8552/AS4 slit tape prepreg, HexFlow resin and HexForce woven carbon reinforcements.

Hexcel’s composite materials portfolio now includes HiMax multiaxial fabrics manufactured in Leicester, UK. © Hexcel

Hexcel is a supplier of composite materials for the A320neo airframe and for both engine options, supplying carbon prepreg and engineered core components for the Pure Power PW1100G-JM engine. For the LEAP-1A engine by CFM International, Hexcel supplies HexTow IM7 carbon fibre for all the fan blades and containment cases, in addition to HexPly carbon prepreg for the nacelles and engineered core for the inner trans cowl.

New engineered core plant

Later this year, Hexcel will start production at a new engineered core plant in Casablanca, Morocco, adding to existing engineered core facilities in the US and Belgium. Engineered core is flat honeycomb that Hexcel forms, shapes, machines and/or bonds to create high quality core details and assemblies to precise customer specifications.

Hexcel will promote engineered core at JEC World by displaying a main landing gear door by Daher for Gulfstream that demonstrates Hexcel’s expertise in splicing, forming and numerically controlled machining of honeycomb.

HiTape carbon fibre reinforcements

Hexcel has more than 25 years of experience in developing out-of-autoclave (OOA) technologies for aerospace, and vacuum infusion is now a key technology for future aerospace programs, helping to meet the cost targets and production rate challenges for large structures.

To meet the required performance for aerospace structures, Hexcel developed HiTape carbon fibre reinforcements for the automated lay-up of dry preforms for resin infusion. At JEC World, Hexcel will display a C295 outer wing box demonstrator panel manufactured with HiTape reinforcements by Airbus Defence and Space as part of the APOLO-Cleansky2 project.

After the automated lay-up of HiTape preforms for the panel stringer and spars, they were co-infused with Hexcel HexFlow epoxy resin in a cost-efficient, out-of-autoclave process. This part aims to demonstrate that HiTape technology is an efficient composite solution for primary aircraft structures and a viable option to meet production rates and cost requirements for new aerospace programmes, the company reports.

HexMC moulding composite

Hexcel’s HexMC moulding composite is a high-performance carbon fibre/epoxy material designed for compression moulded parts, and Hexcel will display a single aisle wing access panel demonstrator manufactured from HexMC in a one-step process. HexMC technology is said to enable the rapid manufacture of production parts with a fast cure cycle and net shape moulding. The material accommodates thickness changes and allows the incorporation of an integrated stiffener.

Hexcel’s other promotions at JEC World will focus on a number of automotive technologies including a suspension knuckle made by Saint Jean Industries in which the aluminium structure is stiffened with HexPly M77 prepreg stacks.

Hexcel’s composite materials portfolio now includes HiMax multiaxial fabrics manufactured in Leicester, UK. Hexcel will display a composite floor demonstrator manufactured for Jaguar Land Rover using HiMax carbon fibre multiaxial fabrics specifically optimized for high-volume composites manufacturing processes.

Technology investments

In 2016, Hexcel made a number of investments to expand the company’s portfolio and support the development of next-generation, advanced composite technologies that provide improved material performance and light weighting solutions for aerospace and industrial applications.

Carbon Composites Incorporated (CCI), Oxford Performance Materials (OPM) and Luminati Aerospace will be promoted via a video presentation at Hexcel’s stand at JEC, and representatives from all companies will be at the show.

www.hexcel.com

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