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25th February 2019, Badinières

Innovative thermoplastic material for new 5G radome

Porcher Industries is a leader in technical textiles and thermoplastic composite solutions. © Porcher Industries

Porcher Industries is a leader in technical textiles and thermoplastic composite solutions. © Porcher Industries

Porcher Industries, a leader in technical textiles and thermoplastic composite solutions, has supported Meggitt, a specialist in high-performance components and sub-systems for the aerospace, defence and energy markets, with the development of a new satcom radome. The new satcom radome will support the demand for enhanced 5G communication for in-flight connectivity.

Meggit challenged Porcher Industries to develop a composite material solution that would deliver high impact resistance and efficient processing whilst also providing the ability to tune the Dielectric Constant (Dk) for optimising 5G Air-to-Ground transmission. 

Porcher Industries, with its core competencies and technical knowledge in glass fibres, bonding chemistries, and manufacturing processes, developed a bespoke glass reinforced thermoplastic material for the base structural component.

The key performance targets for the composite material radome were low permittivity and low loss tangent at GHz frequencies whilst also satisfying cost reduction and processing requirements.  Porcher Industries’ BGF Industries site in Greensboro, NC, supplied an innovative glass reinforced thermoplastic composite that provided Meggitt with additional benefits in manufacturing and end of life recycling.

“Meggitt’s expertise with the design and manufacturing of radomes, coupled with Porcher Industries’ market leading material development, have once again pushed technology forward and have produced a remarkable new one-piece Radome Assembly for ‘big data’ inflight 5G communications,” explains Porcher Industries. The new radome will be on display on the Porcher Industries stand at JEC World 2019, next month.

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