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14th August 2015, Camarillo, CA

TenCate supplies compression moulded parts to Bell 525 Relentless helicopter programme

TenCate Advanced Composites is a leading supplier of advanced composite materials for aerospace and industrial applications. TenCate Advanced Composites, a leading supplier of advanced composite materials for aerospace and industrial applications, has begun production of compression moulded parts for the Bell 525 Relentless helicopter programme.

Last month the programme achieved its first flight. At the current time, there are approximately a dozen parts per aircraft in applications ranging from access doors to engine compartment walls.

Lightweight materials

Compression moulded composite parts provide producer Bell Helicopter with high grade, lightweight and cost saving materials that allow fabrication of complex parts in one efficient moulding cycle, according to the manufacturer.

The chopped carbon fibre parts build upon Bell Helicopter’s experience from several leading edge defence applications, including the V-22 Osprey tiltrotor programme.

Achieving cost savings

“This is a good example of how an industry leader like Bell Helicopter utilizes compression moulded parts to achieve cost savings on military programmes, and developed an expertise which was able to cross over into civil programmes,” said Matt Cano, Director of Sales at TenCate Advanced Composites in Fairfield, California, USA.

The Bell 525 Relentless represents the first fly by wire commercial helicopter and features a touchscreen glass cockpit, the company reports. This helicopter is designed to accommodate 16 passengers and two crew members and can be configured for a variety of mission needs.

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