openPR Logo
Press release

Infrared Heating helps to ensure quality in the manufacture of composite structures for airplanes

06-18-2012 02:26 PM CET | Industry, Real Estate & Construction

Press release from: Heraeus Noblelight

Infrared heat for composite processing

Infrared heat for composite processing

An infrared heating system from Heraeus Noblelight is helping to ensure the high quality of composite aerospace structures manufactured at the new GKN Aerospace facility at Western Approach, near Bristol. The system, which is used to provide interim processing of the laid-up composite rear spar assembly of the Airbus 350 XWB to prevent subsequent wrinkling, was custom-designed and developed in close co-operation with GKN Aerospace engineers following initial tests at Heraeus’ Application Centre in Neston, Wirral.
GKN Aerospace is a world-leading, global first tier supplier of airframe and engine structures, components and assemblies to a wide range of aircraft and engine prime contractors and other first tier suppliers. It has invested £170 million to create its new composite wing structures manufacturing and assembly facility, which represents an international centre of excellence. The new “Western Approach” site consists of two main buildings. The first contains a state-of-the-art composites manufacturing operation that incorporates the latest, automated high-speed, precision production technologies. The second building houses an innovative and “moving line” assembly operation that uses automated, guided vehicles to move the wing structures through a series of semi-robotic work stations.
An important work package already underway at the site is the manufacture of the all-composite rear wing spars for the Airbus A350 XWB. Each of the three rear wing spars is manufactured by laying up pre-preg carbon composite tape on a mandrel and then curing the assembly in an autoclave. However, such complex lay down operations can sometimes produce wrinkling of the final surface because of voids and excess resin between plies or laminates. One proven answer to this problem is de-bulking, which involves enclosing the composite structure in a vacuum bag at various stages in its manufacture and then compacting or squeezing out of air and volatiles between plies or pre-preg laminates under moderate heat and vacuum to insure seating on the mandrel, to prevent wrinkles, and to promote adhesion.
GKN Aerospace’s engineers decided that de-bulking could provide significant benefits and asked Heraeus to carry out initial trials using infrared emitters to provide the required heat. These were followed by on-site trials using a portable infrared system at Western Approach and these were so successful that a prototype system was supplied
The prototype system was finally replaced by a scaled-up 465 kW production system, where each of the three heating sections now has seven controllable zones to provide precise surface heating.

Heraeus, the precious metals and technology group headquartered in Hanau, Germany, is a global, private company with more than 160 years of tradition. Our fields of competence include precious metals, materials, and technologies, sensors, biomaterials, and medical products, as well as dental products, quartz glass, and specialty light sources. With product revenues of €4.8 billion and precious metal trading revenues of €21.3 billion, as well as more than 13,300 employees in over 120 subsidiaries worldwide, Heraeus holds a leading position in its global markets.
Heraeus Noblelight GmbH with its headquarters in Hanau and with subsidiaries in the USA, Great Britain, France, China and Australia, is one of the technology- and market-leaders in the production of specialist light sources. In 2011, Heraeus Noblelight had an annual turnover of 103 Million € and employed 731 people worldwide. The organization develops, manufactures and markets infrared and ultraviolet emitters for applications in industrial manufacture, environmental protection, medicine and cosmetics, research, development and analytical measurement techniques

Heraeus Noblelight
Reinhard-Heraeus-Ring 7
D-63801 Kleinostheim
Germany
Press: Marie-Luise Bopp
marie-luise.bopp@hereus.com
www.heraeus-noblelight.com/infrared

This release was published on openPR.

Permanent link to this press release:

Copy
Please set a link in the press area of your homepage to this press release on openPR. openPR disclaims liability for any content contained in this release.

You can edit or delete your press release Infrared Heating helps to ensure quality in the manufacture of composite structures for airplanes here

News-ID: 225601 • Views: 1960

More Releases from Heraeus Noblelight

Seven Good Reasons for the D2plus Light module
Heraeus Noblelight, one of the technology and market leaders in the field of specialty light sources will again exhibit at ANALYTICA, to be held in Munich, Germany in April 2012. Heraeus will introduce its “Seven Good Reasons for D2plus Light modules” at the show, making the life of instrument developers easier. Developing new analytical instruments places ever-increasing demands on engineers, to design-in the best available light-source and avoid future operational problems.
Specialty Light Sources for the Printing Industry
Hanau, February 2012 The Competence in Specialty Light Sources for printing systems Special and personalized printing processes need special treatment. The ink of ink jet or laser printers need to be completely dried or cured before the printed sheets are passed on for subsequent operations such as stacking, cutting, folding or gluing. Infrared or UV technology is used for drying and curing, depending on the type of ink. Heraeus Noblelight presents its
Infrared Emitters Improve Lacquered Surfaces
Many screens, internal claddings in cars and high value cosmetic packages are manufactured from plastics and contain a protective lacquer or finishing. The drying of the coating on the plastic components is not a trivial matter, for the surfaces need to be perfectly cured without applying to much heat to the plastic. Infrared heaters transfer energy in a contact-free manner and are easy to control. Consequently, the heat is precisely
PID for Selective BTEX Determination
• Determining BTEX VOCs with a 10.0 eV PID lamp • Heraeus PID lamps: high quality pure spectrum and long life Heraeus Noblelight, one of the technology and market leaders in the field of specialty light sources, launches the latest development in its Photoionisation Detector Lamps (PID) range: a 10.0 eV PID lamp which offers increased detection sensitivity in BTEX determination. “A CaF2 filter is attached onto our standard 10.6

All 5 Releases


More Releases for Infrared

Infrared Imaging Market Report 2018: Segmentation by Technology (Cooled Infrared …
Global Infrared Imaging market research report provides company profile for FLIR Systems (US), Fluke (US), Sensors Unlimited (US), Leonardo DRS (US), Axis Communications (Sweden), Xenics (Belgium), Sofradir (France) and Others. This market study includes data about consumer perspective, comprehensive analysis, statistics, market share, company performances (Stocks), historical analysis 2012 to 2017, market forecast 2018 to 2025 in terms of volume, revenue, YOY growth rate, and CAGR for the year 2018
Uncooled Infrared Imaging Technology Market
Uncooled infrared imaging technology involves thermal imaging, thermal video, and infrared thermography. It is used for image detection and measurement of patterns of thermal radiation emitted by objects. A thermo graphic camera generally detects radiation of the lengthy infrared range in an electromagnetic spectrum, and produces radiation images called thermo grams. It is used for measuring infrared radiations forming images utilizing visible light. These cameras using the uncooled technology work
Global Near-infrared Spectroscopy Market
Near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) is a technique used for the imaging purpose in different branches of science such as clinical medicine, emergency medicine and other areas of in institutes and laboratories where it gives sufficient information about the structure of a compound and measure the oxygenation status of human tissue non-invasively. Recently, near infrared spectroscopy has become an important technique process of analysis in the pharmaceutical industry for quality control and
Carbon Infrared Emitters Improve Quality
Foils for foodstuffs or heavy duty floor coverings – modern plastic materials need heat during processing. Coatings or adhesives are dried and plastic foils are pre-treated by heat before embossing or lamination. Carbon infrared emitters from Heraeus Noblelight are helping Polyflor from Manchester in the embossing of heavy duty floor coverings and improving quality. Infrared systems heat large, flat materials rapidly and homogenously, directly before the press or the embossing station.
Functional coatings need infrared heat
Water drips off shower walls, roof tiles repel dirt, facades stay glossy, frequently, all this is the work of coatings with functional properties. For building facades or roofs a dirt-repellant coating is very practical, in healthcare it helps to keep rooms cleaner and perfectly hygienic. With ships and aircraft, the repellent effect can save energy and can even be of vital importance. Algae or shellfish which cling to ships, significantly
Infrared Heat for medical technology
Infrared technology has been used for many years in the industrial manufacturing sector. It is relatively recently that this technology has been used in medical technology. However, for some time, infrared emitters have been used directly used to heat tissue before liposuction and they help to remove wrinkles. Infrared emitters are used indirectly in processing medical goods, such as drying granulates, vulcanising tubes or activating adhesives on plasters. Infrared emitters from