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19th September 2019, Stamford, CT

Hexcel introduces new fibre at CAMX 2019

Boeing 737 MAX. © Hexcel

Boeing 737 MAX. © Hexcel

Hexcel will promote its broad portfolio of composite innovations for aerospace and industrial applications at this year’s CAMX conference, taking place from 24-26 September in Anaheim, CA.

The company is introducing a new fibre to its portfolio. HexTow HM54 combines high modulus and high tensile strength, which allows structural designers to achieve higher safety margins for both stiffness and strength-critical applications. “HexTow carbon fibres are excellent not only for aerospace applications but also industrial and recreational applications,” the company says. Examples of golfing applications will be on display.

Also on display, visitors will see an integrated wing panel demonstrator made with HiMax non-crimp reinforcements that were specially developed to complement a new generation of infusion resin systems. Visitors will also see a wing box demonstrator made from HiTape dry carbon reinforcements. Both parts were injected with Hexcel’s RTM6 infusion resin and incorporate a toughening veil to enhance mechanical properties to meet the structural requirements for aerospace parts.

Additive manufacturing

Additive manufacturing is on the forefront of innovation for composite technologies, and Hexcel is leading the way with its HexAM additive manufacturing process. HexAM additive manufacturing combines high performance PEKK thermoplastics with carbon fibre to produce flight-ready 3D printed HexPEKK parts. HexPEKK structures are said to offer significant weight, cost and time-to-market reductions, replacing traditional cast or machined metallic parts in highly demanding aerospace, satellite and defence applications.

Sporting goods

HexPly M77 snap-cure prepregs are yet another example of Hexcel technology. HexPly M77HF, the latest member of this quick-curing prepreg family, is aimed at the high-performance sporting goods market, with its “faster production times and excellent surface quality”. It will be featured in the Hexcel booth in two products – a carbon fibre Goode water ski, which is setting records in the competitive world with its precision and durability, and in a HED cycling wheel noted for its aerodynamics and light weight.

Among Hexcel’s latest technologies are the RF Interference Control materials made by ARC Technologies, a Hexcel company. A selection of these industry-leading custom RF / EMI and microwave absorbing composite materials for military, aerospace and industrial applications will be on display at the Hexcel booth.

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