At JEC Asia Hexcel is promoting the HexMC®technology that enables structural complex-shaped parts to be compression molded using carbon fiber/epoxy materials. Hundreds of HexMC® parts have been qualified for use on commercial aircraft, bringing weight-saving and performance advantages.
Hexcel is also promoting Acousti-Cap® sound absorption technology for aircraft engines, including the latest zero splice configuration that prevents the generation of scattering acoustical modes, while offering a wider noise-reducing area and low weight solution. The variable depth insertion allows Hexcel to tune the performance requirements of the liner depending on the customer’s noise reduction needs.
Also on display will be aircraft tooling made from HexTOOL® M61, Hexcel’s BMI tooling system. This tooling shows the excellent quality that is achieved when machining HexTOOL®, a material that enables the tolerance accuracy achieved with metals to be combined with the extreme lightness of carbon fiber composites.
Hexcel is also promoting PrimeTex®, a range of carbon fabrics which have been processed for a smooth weave with a high degree of closure that gives outstanding visual quality. In the patented PrimeTex® process the fiber tows are spread in both the warp and weft direction providing a more uniform weave and a thinner, more closely woven fabric that leads to better mechanical properties and less porosity in a laminate. PrimeTex® can also be used to lower the mass in a composite where weight-saving is a prime objective. PrimeTex® can be made with larger tow fibers without any weight increase and the 12K 200gsm PrimeTex® variant, with unrivalled quality for a 12K fabric, is being used for both sports equipment and transport applications meeting the challenge of cost optimization while providing a unique quality appearance. Samples of PrimeTex® fabrics will be available on the stand for enable visitors to discover the product benefits.
Hexcel Corporation is a leading advanced composites company. It develops, manufactures and markets lightweight, high-performance structural materials, including carbon fibers, reinforcements for composites, prepregs, honeycomb, matrix systems, adhesives and composite structures, used in commercial aerospace, space and defense and industrial applications.
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