in Maintenance

GKN Aerospace breaks new ground in large composite wing structure technology

Posted 21 October 2019 · Add Comment

GKN Aerospace has reached a major milestone in the ‘Wing of Tomorrow’ programme after designing, manufacturing, and delivering a mid-scale demonstrator tool to the GKN Aerospace Filton facility.

 

The tool provides a fully functioning automated low pressure RTM system for the Airbus-led programme’s composite wing spar. The spar is considered one of the most challenging aerospace components to design and manufacture, and this will be one of the first times that RTM technology has been used on this scale.

GKN Aerospace engineers have used proven tool-making knowledge from the automotive industry in developing the demonstrator. The 4-metre development testbed will deliver a rate 60 automated manufacturing solution and significantly improve the productivity of the composite manufacturing process, by removing one third of the production steps involved.

Technology will be moving from traditional, pre-impregnated resin material to dry composite fibres that are injected with resin as part of the initial manufacturing process for the wing spar. This will result in significant weight savings.

GKN Aerospace is using its world-leading capability in design and manufacture of composite Wing Spars and assembly of Fixed Trailing Edges - as proven on the A330, A400M and A350 - to mature the key technologies. The development work will stretch into 2021.

John Pritchard, GKN Aerospace’s CEO for Aerostructures and Systems Europe and Asia, explained: “We are proud to be a partner of Airbus in the Wing of Tomorrow research programme and excited about the delivery of the mid-size demonstrator tool. This development confirms GKN Aerospace’s world-leading position in not just RTM technology, but also in advanced aerostructures manufacturing. Combined with the Aerospace Technology Institute, which is providing vital support for the UK’s position on the next generation of aircraft, we will be able to deliver breakthroughs in technology as well as benchmark levels of price, quality and repeatability.”

 

* required field

Post a comment

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

New cabin enhancements for the Praetor 500 and 600

Embraer has made a series of cabin enhancements for its Praetor 500 midsize and Praetor 600 super-midsize business jets.

Kenya Airways to lay off significant number of staff

Following the impact of Covid-19 struggling airline Kenya Airways has announced plans to lay off an uncertain but significant number of employees.

It’s official…MEBAA 2020 is set to go ahead!

With the recent COVID-19 outbreak it’s been particularly challenging for the aviation sector in many ways, including major aviation events being cancelled. So, it’s great news to hear that The MEBAA 2020 Show is set to go ahead in

IATA: Travellers are taking precautions

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released public opinion research showing a willingness to travel being tempered by concerns over the risks of catching COVID-19 during air travel.

IATA: Get the aviation industry moving again

Airports Council International (ACI) World and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) have today urged that costs related to public health measures aimed at mitigating the spread of communicable diseases should be borne

Get online and grab yourself an African airline

Aircraft, spares and even an entire South African regional airline are up for grabs on the online auction site Go-Dove.

See us at