India advances in aerospace composites


The upcoming Aero-India show in Bangalore, from 6th to 10th February 2013 will feature a smorgasbord of composite solutions from Hexcel Composites Ltd. (Cambridge, UK) including prepregs, fabrics, resins, honeycombs and adhesives. Hexcel already has a track record of shipments of these products to customers including Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), National Aerospace Lab (NAL), Indian Space Research Organisation, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre and TATA Advanced Materials.

For example TATA Advanced Materials make spars and composite panels for the Airbus A350 XWB using Hexcel's HexPly M21E/IMA prepreg. The A350 XWB is the first Airbus to have a structure that is over 50% composites and Hexcel is supplying the carbon fiber prepreg for all of the A350 XWB primary structures. The A350 XWB will make its maiden flight later this year.

Technologies on show from Hexcel at Aero India 2013: HexFlow RTM6-2; A new bi-component version of Hexcel's highly successful RTM6 resin that has many years proven service and is favored for its high glass transition temperatures and short cure cycles. Resin Transfer Moulding (RTM) allows high quality components to be manufactured, in low to medium volume production rates, without using autoclaves.
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