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During a short interview, John O’Connor, the director of Product & Market Strategies at Siemens PLM Software delves into the challenges of composite materials in the aeronautics industry. Q: What is the real challenge in terms of composites aerostructures? A: As composites have become a larger portion of aerostructures, the challenges associated with their design and

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Hartzell Propeller Inc. has received supplemental type certificate approval from the Federal Aviation Administration for installation of the company’s new Swept-Tip Trailblazer propellers on all Aviat Husky utility aircraft. The two-blade, 80-inch diameter next-generation advanced structural composite Hartzell Trailblazer swept-tip prop can now replace Hartzell’s aluminum constant-speed propeller which comes standard on the latest Husky

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The composites-intensive, solar-powered Zephyr 7 high-altitude pseudo-satellite (HAPS) completed more than 11 days of winter-weather flight testing to prove short-day/long-night capability. Airbus Defence and Space has announced that the solar-powered, composites-intensive Zephyr 7 high-altitude pseudo­ satellite (HAPS) has just completed its most demanding mission to date and thus set a new benchmark in persistent, year­-round operations for

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The Boeing-made, 18-ft/5.5m diameter carbon fiber composite cryotank passed NASA structural load testing in Huntsville, Ala., USA, and marks a big step forward for composites use in space launch vehicles. NASA reported on Aug. 26 that it has completed a complex series of tests on one of the largest composite cryogenic fuel tanks ever manufactured,

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GE Aviation says that its all-new GE9X engine being developed for the Boeing 777X airplane will feature fewer and thinner composite fan blades than the GEnx, using a high-stiffness carbon fiber and new epoxy matrix resin. GE Aviation (Evendale, Ohio, USA) reported on Aug. 26 that its GE9X engine for the Boeing 777X aircraft will feature

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Surveys show that the market for fibre-filled plastics remains strong. The materials are enjoying greater use in auto construction, and components made of them are becoming more complex, which bodes well for composites specialists of all kinds. The latest surveys on market development of fibre-reinforced plastics, conducted by Germany’s industry associations AVK, are raising the

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Le Centre techniques des industries métalliques (Cetim) et ses partenaires vont expérimenter la production de pièces composites à grandes cadences sur le Technocampus Composites à Bouguenais (Loire-Atlantique). La ligne, prévue pour 2015, représente un investissement de 14,7 millions d’euros. Un autre projet, à l’étude, vise à déménager la plateforme d’essais hydrauliques. Le Cetim, Centre techniques

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