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15th May 2018, Alpharetta, GA

Solvay launches FusePly for aerospace industry

According to the company, the new technology addresses the manufacturing challenges faced by aircraft builders. Solvay, an advanced materials and specialty chemicals company, launches FusePly, a new composite bonding technology for the aerospace industry, at the SAMPE conference and exhibition on advanced materials, which takes place in Long Beach, CA, from 22-23 May.

Solvay developed FusePly to enable the build of reliable, bonded composite parts using conventional manufacturing processes, through the creation of covalently bonded structures thus potentially removing the need for abundant rivets and fasteners. According to the company, it addresses the manufacturing challenges faced by aircraft builders looking for improved performance, build rates and lightweighting.

The company says its new FusePly offers clear step-change bonding performance and benefits to users, including improved reliability. Through the creation of chemical bonds, FusePly enables part manufacturers to have increased confidence in bonded structures. It has also been developed to offer higher part performance, compared to mechanical fasteners, since drilling holes into fibre-reinforced structures introduces structural damage and creates stress concentrations that ultimately reduce the load capacity of the part.

The reduction and replacement of fasteners with FusePly bonding is also said to substantially reduce the overall weight of the aircraft. Finally, adhesives offer much greater design flexibility during manufacture and assembly at lower cost. FusePly can be integrated into existing manufacturing processes as an upgrade for traditional surface preparation methods.

Solvay’s new Global Business Unit Composite Materials is a provider of technologically advanced lightweighting material solutions that enable customers in the aerospace, automotive and other demanding industries to design, develop and efficiently manufacture high-quality, high-performance and complex composite structures.

Composite Materials has an extensive product portfolio, including prepregs, resin systems, adhesives and surfacing films, carbon fibre, textiles, tooling and vacuum bagging consumables. Solvay Composite Materials combines the former Cytec Aerospace Materials and Industrial Materials businesses.

www.solvay.com

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