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Aeronautics: now what?

Fig.7: Bercella - Beamit, AM + CFRP Removable
bulkhead

Fig. 8: Bercella - Beamit, The retrofitted table
(Art by Davide Solaroli)

nition among the most touched parts
of the seat. The table is also one of the
dirtiest components since it can be soiled
by food. The solution is to retrofit the
tables so that they can be easily removed
and reinstalled. So at the end of the flight,
they can be removed and replaced by new
sterilized tables. Low-cost companies
may think of giving the table only on
request. The armrest cover is removable,
thus making the assembly/disassembly
operation easy. Most importantly, thanks
to the selected materials, each modification results in a weight saving compared
to the current configuration of the planes.
(Fig.8)

Manufacturing
What about the composites industry? We asked this and some other questions to an European cCompany that, since 1995, has been a leader in the advanced composites sector.
Headquartered in The Hague (the Netherlands), Airborne Technologies is technology focused on the au¬tomation and digital manufacturing of composites for the aerospace, automotive, marine, oil & gas and consumer electronics industries.
More than 100 highly-qualified employees work at the company's facilities in the Nether¬lands and the United Kingdom.
We questioned Marcus Kremers, CTO at Airborne and Joe Summers, Managing Director of
Airborne UK (Lambourn, UK):

interview

"

Marcus Kremers,
CTO
Airborne, The Hague NL

JEC Composites Magazine: In what sense
will the market develop? Will there be an
increase in the use of carbon? What kind of
technologies will be growing? In your opinion, will the European aeronautical production, after the pandemic, change its objectives? Which are your projects for the future?

Marcus Kremers: Before the Cov-

id-19 pandemic, there were two megatrends in the aeronautics industry: 1)
steady global growth of the market, and
2) drive for sustainability. Of course, the
impact of Covid remains to be seen, but a
slowdown can be expected. But there is still
the big push for sustainability. It can be expected that this will be even more relevant

after the Covid crisis and it could very well
be a condition for government support. In
the medium term, this might lead to the
launch of new aircraft programmes that are
a next step-change in fuel efficiency and it
can be expected that composites will play
an important role. Also, the electrification
of aircraft will make it more important
to use lightweight, and thus composite,
designs. Another effect we expect is that
OEMs and Tier 1s will insource more of
the work, in times when the demand for
new aircraft is thin. By insourcing, they will
create the advantage of scale and provide
the potential for further industrialisation
through the use of automation and digitalisation. This is also driven by the wish to
shorten supply chains and bring manufacturing work closer to the assembly lines.
The industry has now experienced how
vulnerable a global supply chain can be. So
the European industry will probably have
a more local European supply base in the
future. Our projects are to help customers
implement this change by supplying them
with smart, easy and affordable solutions
for the automation of composite manu

Feature Aeronautics

the middle seats are left unoccupied, aircraft
will have to fly just 65% full. This might be
acceptable for a short period, but if it went
on for an extended period, nobody can tell
how the industry will be changed.
Aviointeriors is an Italian company already
used to projects from outside the box; such
as the Skyrider seat that, in very different
times, was proposed to airlines to increase
their passenger numbers.
Aviointeriors recently designed a solution
capable of offering passengers the security
of being able to travel without risking their
health and without having to revolutionize
the layout of aircraft interiors. A seating system called Glassafe has been studied (see
Figures 5 and 6) that separates the passengers with divisions in transparent material
to allow a safe flight (when flights will be
resumed). This system achieves the maxi¬mum possible isolation among passengers who sit in Economy class, where the
con¬ditions of higher passenger density
occur, but with characteristics that remain
appli¬cable also in lower passenger density
classes such as Premium and Business.
Bercella and Beamit, two innovative companies that recently announced a strategic
partnership, also have new proposals for

interiors. They are leaders in the composite
and additive manufacturing industries, specializing in designing, engineering and manufacturing large and demanding structures
made of composite materials or light alloys.
They developed the cost-saving concept of
retrofitting existing interiors, proposing two
interesting solutions:
-	 Slightly offsetting the seats and introducing a removable bulkhead. The structural
part is made of additive-manufactured
CFRP, with a high part in transparent
PC that can be dismantled if required. A
more sophisticated curved version is also
available for Business class seats (Fig.7).
-	 The table and the armrest are by defi-

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #135 - July/August 2020

Cover
Edito
“We include composite materials in order to offer the most efficient protection”
Contents
NEWS
In brief
Agenda
BUSINESS
China - What is the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on chemical groups in China?
Startup - UBQ introduces the greenest thermoplastic material
Finance - Finding funding
MANUFACTURING
Simulation - Virtual design of a mediacal auto-injection
Method - The importance of FRP process specifications
FEATURE AERONAUTICS - Can composites help restart activity?
- Additive manufacturing: Printing continuous carbon fibre in true 3D
- Thermoplastics: A thermoplastic T-profile with effective lay-up in one shot
- Maintenance: Automated adaptive machining of aircraft composite structures
- OOA: Out-of-autoclave manufacturing processes for composite aerostructures
- Process: Overmoulded interfaces for composite aircraft parts
- Bonding: The Bondline Control Technology
- Interview: “Don’t miss the shift to Green and the chance to make a positive impact on the environment!”
- Testimonials: Aeronautics: now what?
- Natural fibre: A satellite panel reinforced with natural fibres for cleaner space exploration
SOLUTIONS
Autonomous human flight - Sky is no limit for inventors
Building & construction - Building reality with composites
Aerospace - Lightweight liner-less carbon composite subscale cryotank
TECHNOLOGY
Design - Developing CFRP components for machine tools
Inside the lab - Advanced Composites Laboratory,c Texas State University
FEA - Optimization approach for designing composite components
Index
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #135 - July/August 2020 - “We include composite materials in order to offer the most efficient protection”
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #135 - July/August 2020 - Contents
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #135 - July/August 2020 - In brief
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #135 - July/August 2020 - 9
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #135 - July/August 2020 - 10
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #135 - July/August 2020 - Agenda
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #135 - July/August 2020 - China - What is the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on chemical groups in China?
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #135 - July/August 2020 - 13
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #135 - July/August 2020 - Startup - UBQ introduces the greenest thermoplastic material
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #135 - July/August 2020 - 15
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #135 - July/August 2020 - Finance - Finding funding
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #135 - July/August 2020 - Simulation - Virtual design of a mediacal auto-injection
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #135 - July/August 2020 - Method - The importance of FRP process specifications
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #135 - July/August 2020 - 23
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #135 - July/August 2020 - - Additive manufacturing: Printing continuous carbon fibre in true 3D
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #135 - July/August 2020 - 25
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #135 - July/August 2020 - 26
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #135 - July/August 2020 - - Thermoplastics: A thermoplastic T-profile with effective lay-up in one shot
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #135 - July/August 2020 - 28
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #135 - July/August 2020 - - Maintenance: Automated adaptive machining of aircraft composite structures
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #135 - July/August 2020 - 31
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #135 - July/August 2020 - - OOA: Out-of-autoclave manufacturing processes for composite aerostructures
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #135 - July/August 2020 - 36
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #135 - July/August 2020 - - Process: Overmoulded interfaces for composite aircraft parts
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #135 - July/August 2020 - 38
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #135 - July/August 2020 - 39
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #135 - July/August 2020 - - Bonding: The Bondline Control Technology
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #135 - July/August 2020 - - Interview: “Don’t miss the shift to Green and the chance to make a positive impact on the environment!”
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #135 - July/August 2020 - 45
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #135 - July/August 2020 - - Testimonials: Aeronautics: now what?
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #135 - July/August 2020 - 47
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #135 - July/August 2020 - 49
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #135 - July/August 2020 - 50
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #135 - July/August 2020 - - Natural fibre: A satellite panel reinforced with natural fibres for cleaner space exploration
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #135 - July/August 2020 - 52
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #135 - July/August 2020 - Autonomous human flight - Sky is no limit for inventors
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #135 - July/August 2020 - 54
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #135 - July/August 2020 - 55
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #135 - July/August 2020 - Building & construction - Building reality with composites
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #135 - July/August 2020 - 57
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #135 - July/August 2020 - Aerospace - Lightweight liner-less carbon composite subscale cryotank
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #135 - July/August 2020 - Design - Developing CFRP components for machine tools
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #135 - July/August 2020 - 60
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #135 - July/August 2020 - 61
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #135 - July/August 2020 - Inside the lab - Advanced Composites Laboratory,c Texas State University
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #135 - July/August 2020 - 63
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #135 - July/August 2020 - FEA - Optimization approach for designing composite components
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