Collins Aerospace participates in the development of composite parts for the future generation of commercial aircraft

Collins Aerospace leads a team of partners in the UK as part of the Next Generation of Complex Composite Components (NGC3) initiative. This program is supported by the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI).

Collins Aerospace, Composite Integration, Crompton Moldings and Bitrez received a four-year grant of $ 3.6 million to collaboratively develop complex, next-generation composite parts, with an emphasis on system simplification, weight and competitiveness.

The US-specific team and equipment manufacturer will develop integrated composite component technology for future commercial aircraft that will feature composite wings instead of metal.

According to Collins, these devices will require complex fuel systems, flexible integrated driveshafts, and braided pressure tanks that will require technological innovations such as custom resin systems, advanced braiding, and resin transfer molding (RTM).

Not only are new technologies needed to support next-generation aircraft, but also new processes that enable high-volume manufacturing using higher levels of automation. , Director Ed Dryden, Vice President of Actuation Systems at Collins Aerospace.

Collins Aerospace is supporting the NGC3 initiative from its Actuation Systems site in Banbury, near Oxford, with a new braiding machine and RTM equipment.

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