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Porcher Industries and Stelia Aerospace to present innovations for the Arches Box TP project

News International-French

26 Feb 2018

The Arches Box TP research project developed by Stelia Aerospace and Porcher Industries will be a key focus at JEC World 2018 with both companies presenting their technical innovations and displaying components at the show.

Porcher Industries and Stelia Aerospace to present innovations for the Arches Box TP project

Porcher Industries will present thermoplastic strengthening frame components that were developed for the Arches demonstrator on the Porcher booth, whilst Stelia Aerospace will also display the full-scale thermoplastic fuselage demonstrator within the Planets section at the show.

Having been nominated together as a JEC Innovation Award Finalist (along with partners Sintex NP, Compose Tool, CETIM, Aviacomp and Institut de Soudure); Porcher Industries and Stelia Aerospace will co-present a paper titled ‘Design to Cost Concept for Thermoplastic Laminates’ on Wednesday 7th March at JEC World 2018. 

Presented by Pierre-Yves Gandon, Aerospace Technical Support, Porcher Industries and Loic Le Lay, Composite Manufacturing, Stelia Aerospace, the paper will highlight two key innovations that were used for the strengthening frames of the Arches Box aircraft fuselage.

The presentation will detail how two new thermoplastic semi-finished products were developed: a woven 3k carbon/PEKK laminate and woven 12k carbon/PEKK laminate. Through extensive R&D by both companies, several parameters including fibers, weaving patterns, surface modifications and processes, were explored to optimize the impregnation, consolidation and processability of these organosheets. 

Porcher Industries has developed of  a new surface modification for the carbon fiber itself as well as a specific low crimp weaving technology for the heavier 12k tow. The combination of these two innovative processing methods resulted in the more cost effective 12K carbon/PEKK laminates exhibiting the same mechanical performance level as the standard 3K carbon/PEKK laminates. 

The influence of these innovations and parameters on the mechanical, thermal and ageing properties of laminates will also be presented, with particular focus on these thermoplastic semi-finished products’ performance/weight ratio and performance/cost ratio for structural parts – both key factors within Aerospace manufacturing.