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USERS’ PLATFORM Successful partners The A400M cargo door: faster, lighter and better value Premium Aerotec, a recently-founded German aerostructures supplier, won the 2009 JEC Innovation Award in the Aeronautics category. Its new infusion process, the VAP® technology, can be used to produce large carbon-fibre reinforced plastics (CFRP) components saving time, weight and money. ngineers at the former EADS site in Augsburg – headquarters of the new company Premium Aerotec since January – have developed a process that allows large CFRP components to be manufactured not only at less cost and with lower weight, but also around 20% faster than before. E stringers to the skin, the new process allows them to be joined in a single step, with the stringers and skin being produced in a one-shot integrated process (see Figure 1). The innovation lies in the application of this type of infusion process to a very large part. It was previously considered impossible to use vacuum-assisted infusion with a oneshot manufacturing process integrating skin and stringer for large parts. Fig. 2: The A400M upper cargo door. © Premium Aerotec Main specifications Key benefits of the VAP process • Out-of-autoclave process • Cost-effectiveness • Shorter production time • Greater production flexibility Fig. 1: Preparing the infusion process. Development and benefits This project was triggered by the search for a design that would minimize the weight and cost of the A400M cargo door. It turned out that only an integral construction method combined with composites could meet the target. After several preliminary studies, the complete construction method was developed during the course of the project, involving a series of intensive manufacturing trials. The project has since been successfully completed and the cargo door has reached serial production. Whereas conventional manufacturing methods for aircraft structures require a separate assembly step to join the The properties and functionality of the laminate remain the same. This not only saves precious time, but also thousands of fasteners between the skin and the stringers – and thus weight. In comparison with conventional production methods, the A400M upper cargo door uses about 3,000 less fasteners. The direct benefit to the A400M programme is a higher aircraft payload. The upper cargo door, which is about 7x4 meters in size, is the world’s largest CFRP aircraft structure produced by oneshot resin infusion (skin and stringer) for a pressurized section of the fuselage (see Figures 2 and 3). This technological innovation was manufactured using an in-house vacuumassisted process (VAP®), which uses a vacuum to facilitate the infusion of resin into the carbon veil. An advantage of this new technology is that expensive autoclaves are no longer necessary, as a temperature-controlled oven is sufficient for hardening the resin. Apart from the economic advantages, the patented technique also allows shorter component production times than conventional processes and considerable weight reductions. Fig. 3: The A400M upper cargo door (white) on the assembly line. 60 jec composites magazine / No48 May 2009 © Airbus © Premium Aerotec

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #48 - May 2009

Cover
INDEX
CONTENTS
NEWS WORLDWIDE
Companies - AGY expands into Asia Pacific
- Ranger uses expertise to gain foothold in China
- Swancor: two-digit growth and double the ambition
Agenda of events
Innovations - Diamond tool producer celebrates 50th anniversary
 - Eliminating dust from your work environment
 - Autoclaves from XS to XXL
BUSINESS
Market survey - Industrialization of the carboncomposite industry (2nd part)
Strategy - Growth strategies during turbulent times
Trends - A comprehensive view of software and services
Niche market: Luggage - Beautiful structural balance
FEATURE AERONAUTICS
Design - Pushing the envelope in composites design
Engineering - Reducing the complexity of composites engineering
Testing - Laboratory infusion test unit: for new materials testing and process validation
Simulation - An industrial solution to simulate post-buckling and damage
Application - Attainable solutions with composite materials
 - Benzoxazine resin sytems for future interior applications
 - Prototype A350 XWB composite wing spars
FEATURE DISTRIBUTION
Japan - Strongly committed to customer satisfaction
India - “Distribution in India is quite a complex and challenging proposition”
Iran - The History of Polyfiber Company
Australia - Lance Brown: a global market view
USERS’ PLATFORM
Composites in the world - Adaptive energy concept
 - Golf club head
 - Thermoplastic wind turbines in Antarctica
 - High-quality headphones
Successful partners - The A400M cargo door: faster, lighter and better value
Application - Mass-produced zero-emission vehicle
KNOW-HOW
Nanotubes - Carbon nanotubes in polymer matrix composite structures
Control - Process control through dielectric monitoring
Materials - Recent advancements in materials for liquid resin infusion
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #48 - May 2009 - Companies - AGY expands into Asia Pacific
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #48 - May 2009 - - Ranger uses expertise to gain foothold in China
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #48 - May 2009 - - Swancor: two-digit growth and double the ambition
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #48 - May 2009 - Agenda of events
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #48 - May 2009 - Innovations - Diamond tool producer celebrates 50th anniversary
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #48 - May 2009 -  - Eliminating dust from your work environment
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #48 - May 2009 -  - Autoclaves from XS to XXL
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #48 - May 2009 - BUSINESS
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #48 - May 2009 - Market survey - Industrialization of the carboncomposite industry (2nd part)
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #48 - May 2009 - Strategy - Growth strategies during turbulent times
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #48 - May 2009 - Trends - A comprehensive view of software and services
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #48 - May 2009 - Niche market: Luggage - Beautiful structural balance
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #48 - May 2009 - FEATURE AERONAUTICS
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #48 - May 2009 - Design - Pushing the envelope in composites design
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #48 - May 2009 - Engineering - Reducing the complexity of composites engineering
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #48 - May 2009 - Testing - Laboratory infusion test unit: for new materials testing and process validation
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #48 - May 2009 - Simulation - An industrial solution to simulate post-buckling and damage
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #48 - May 2009 - Application - Attainable solutions with composite materials
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #48 - May 2009 -  - Benzoxazine resin sytems for future interior applications
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #48 - May 2009 - 45
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #48 - May 2009 -  - Prototype A350 XWB composite wing spars
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #48 - May 2009 - FEATURE DISTRIBUTION
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #48 - May 2009 - Japan - Strongly committed to customer satisfaction
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #48 - May 2009 - India - “Distribution in India is quite a complex and challenging proposition”
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #48 - May 2009 - Iran - The History of Polyfiber Company
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #48 - May 2009 - Australia - Lance Brown: a global market view
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #48 - May 2009 - USERS’ PLATFORM
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #48 - May 2009 -  - Golf club head
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #48 - May 2009 -  - High-quality headphones
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #48 - May 2009 - Successful partners - The A400M cargo door: faster, lighter and better value
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #48 - May 2009 - Application - Mass-produced zero-emission vehicle
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #48 - May 2009 - KNOW-HOW
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #48 - May 2009 - Nanotubes - Carbon nanotubes in polymer matrix composite structures
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #48 - May 2009 - Control - Process control through dielectric monitoring
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #48 - May 2009 - Materials - Recent advancements in materials for liquid resin infusion
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