in Aerospace

GKN Aerospace advances composite wing structure tech

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.


Courtesy GKN Aerospace


This 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

US allies secure BAE Systems’ aircraft survivability equipment

BAE Systems has received contracts to deliver $71 million in aircraft survivability equipment to several US allies – the UK, Netherlands, Spain and the UAE – via US Army Foreign Military Sales.

EasyJet orders 12 more A320neo aircraft

EasyJet has exercised purchase rights to increase its fleet of A320neos by 12 new aircraft.

CAeS receives £9m UK Government grant for electric flight project

Cranfield Aerospace Solutions (CAeS) has received the backing of the UK Government for a project to develop electric aviation.

Air Senegal to add eight A220s to its fleet

The new national carrier of Senegal, Air Senegal, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for eight A220-300s.

Airbus inspired by nature to boost aircraft environmental performance

Airbus has unveiled fello’fly, its latest demonstrator project inspired by biomimicry*, that is set to boost the environmental performance of commercial aircraft and make a significant impact on emissions reduction for the aviation

Farnborough International announces senior leadership changes

Farnborough International has announced major changes to its senior leadership team with the appointment of Joe Muir to the role of Sales Director and Ben Gleeson to the role of Director of Operations.

ODU 0201311219
See us at
S&P BT241019040320DSEI JP BT1605201119VIDSE BT1605060320FIL20BT010819260720