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8th June 2017, Duxford

Hexcel to present new technologies at Multicomp 2017

Hexcel at Advanced Engineering 2016. © Inside CompositesHexcel’s Chris Harrington will be presenting new composite technologies for the high-volume manufacture of CFRP/metal hybrid structures in the automotive industry at the upcoming Multicomp 2017, taking place at Nottingham Conference Centre from 14-15 June.

Multicomp is a new conference organised by NetComposites to bring together researchers, designers, manufacturers and end-users to showcase the latest developments in hybrid composite solutions within high value sectors such as automotive, aerospace, rail and energy.

Hybrid components

Hybrid components that combine composites and metal in the same part are becoming increasingly popular in vehicle designs, allowing engineers to combine the best properties of each material in a single lightweight hybrid design. However, a number of challenges have to be overcome, the company reports.

Chris Harrington will describe these in his presentation before explaining how Hexcel has developed a new fast-curing carbon fibre/epoxy prepreg for the automated production of prepreg stacks, and a new film adhesive – Redux 677. These products have been developed to work in conjunction to provide an optimised solution for the automated manufacturing of automotive CFRP hybrid structures.

Chris Harrington

Chris Harrington is Section Leader R&T at Hexcel, based at the company’s new Innovation Centre in Duxford, UK. With 20 years’ experience in the development, scale up and qualification of advanced composite materials, Chris manages Hexcel’s Industrial Research group, which focuses on product development and technology leadership in Automotive and Wind Energy sectors worldwide.

Hexcel Corporation is a leading advanced composites company. It develops, manufactures and markets lightweight, high-performance structural materials including carbon fibres, specialty reinforcements, prepregs and other fibre-reinforced matrix materials, honeycomb, adhesives, engineered core and composite structures for use in commercial aerospace, space and defence and industrial applications.

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