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ACG’s sustained programme of development has lead to the formulation of new medium temperature moulding (MTM®) aerospace OoA resin systems.
Advanced Composites Group (ACG) Ltd, a member of Umeco Composites Structural Materials – a division of Umeco plc, manufacturer of structural and mould tooling prepreg materials, presents its Out-of-Autoclave (OoA) prepreg technologies.
The rapid uptake of composite materials is driving the demand to reduce manufacturing costs and increase production output rates. Allied with the fact that part sizes are rapidly increasing, especially in the aerospace sector, autoclave processing is fast becoming prohibitively capital intensive and impractical. ACG’s next-generation of OoA prepregs address these issues and have opened the way for low-cost integrated manufacturing routes.
ACG’s sustained programme of development has lead to the formulation of new medium temperature moulding (MTM®) aerospace OoA resin systems. To meet the stringent requirements of the aerospace industry, the low-cost process capability associated with these prepregs had to be allied with specific high-temperature performance and enhanced toughness requirements. ACG’s MTM®44-1 prepreg, which has achieved Airbus qualification, has addressed these issues, and will be of particular interest to those manufacturing primary and secondary structures and engine nacelles. Other major manufacturers and their OEMs are currently investigating other ACG MTM® OoA prepregs for a variety of civil and military applications.
Correspondingly, the automotive industry is under social, environmental and economic pressures to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, improve fuel economy and decrease manufacturing costs. ACG’s extensive range of medium temperature moulding (MTM®) and structural prepregs, and low and medium temperature moulding (LTM® and MTM®) cosmetic prepregs bear witness to the group’s commitment to providing composite materials to the automotive market. ACG also manufactures two rapid laminating technology body panel systems to provide cost-effective OoA and in-autoclave solutions. These provide excellent, stable surface quality and significant cost savings over traditional prepreg technologies.
ACG is proud of its ability to predict trends, drive materials and process development, and will continue to develop its prepreg portfolio for future applications across all sectors.