SOURCE: INFORMA Deutschland SE

March 02, 2009 10:10 ET

New Materials for Lighter and Safer Aircraft

DÜSSELDORF, GERMANY--(Marketwire - March 2, 2009) -


3rd International IIR Conference "Composite & Lightweight Structures in Aircraft" from 5th to 7th May 2009 at the Le Royal Méridien Hamburg, Germany

Frankfurt/Hamburg, February 2009. In view of limited resources and turbulent markets, the aircraft industry has to use innovation potentials to increase the material and energy efficiency of aircrafts. Lightweight material and composites are important factors for achieving this. Titanium as well as carbon and glass fibre reinforced plastics find their way into aerospace, automotive and medical technologies. According to a study by Hannover University, the proportion of titanium in aircraft of the next generation will double compared to the current use. But the new materials also require new processing and manufacturing technologies. (Industrieanzeiger, 16 February 2009)

The latest application and manufacturing technologies for composites and lightweight structures in aircraft will be presented at the 3rd International IIR Conference "Composite & Lightweight Structures in Aircraft", taking place on 6th and 7th May 2009 at the Le Royal Méridien Hamburg, Germany. Chaired by Professor Adriaan Beukers (Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands) international experts from aircraft manufacturers, suppliers and research institutes will discuss about weight, costs, safety and longevity. They will focus on material selection and latest developments in design processes and material production. The event programme is available on the internet at: http://www.iir.de/dn-composites09-int.

Composite wings in high-volume production The presentations at the conference will deal with innovative composite structures, like wing and wing box, automated manufacturing and process technologies as well as new methods for resin infusion and the assembly of composite materials. Airbus (UK) will explain why new technologies are required for the next generation of wings made of composites. Boeing (USA) will describe Structural Health Monitoring as a method of testing the operability of components continuously. The National Aerospace Laboratory (the Netherlands) will present a low-cost wing box made of composites for small aircrafts and Fiberforge (USA) joining technologies for composite materials for use in aircraft.

FPP technology, lightweight design and composite repair Alenia Aeronautica (Italy) will show a virtual design platform for lightweight structures, which allows faster quality control of composites. EADS Deutschland will give information on Fibre Patch Preforming (FPP) as a new manufacturing method for composite structures complying with force distribution. The presentation will focus on the automated production of FPP structures, mechanical performance of FPP materials and new fields of design and fibre architectures. On 5th May, the day before the conference, a guided tour at the Lufthansa Technik base in Hamburg is offered.


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