Heraeus at JEC World 2018

See how Heraeus applied their breakthrough composite heating technology humm3® to the manufacture of a full scale aerospace demonstrator panel from dry fibre material.

humm3 flash system for aerospace panel

Heraeus Noblelight, has collaborated with Compositadour, Coriolis and Hexcel, to apply their breakthrough composites heating technology – humm3® – to the manufacture of a full-scale aerospace demonstrator panel from dry fibre composite material.

The geometrically complex dry fibre preform was created at Compositadour’s research centre using the humm3® heating technology. The humm3® was mounted to a Coriolis robot-based Automated Fibre Placement machine, which was configured to lay up 8 quarter-inch tows of Hexcel’s HiTape® dry carbon fibre reinforcements. The preform was then infused with Hexcel’s HexFlow® RTM6 resin using standard techniques at Compositadour.

The humm3® has proved itself to be an excellent heating technology for fast and controllable dry fibre lay-up. The combination of high average power, fast control and small physical volume enables a wide range of complex geometries to be fabricated. The humm3® is also safe to use (no laser safety enclosure is required) and is easily scaled to different heated widths, from less than 1 inch up to 12 inches and beyond.

Partners

  • Heraeus Noblelight, (Cambridge, UK)
  • Compositadour (Bayonne, France)
  • Coriolis (Composite Manufacturing Solutions Supplier from Queven, France)
  • Hexcel (Les Avenières, France)

Technical Features

  • Lay-up 8 quarter-inch tows of Hexcel HiTape®
  • Full size aerospace panel of 1.5 metres by 1.3 metres, with 16 plies in total
  • Speeds of up to 1 metre per second

- JEC Paris -
March 6-8, 2018
Aero Planet Hall 6, Booth P86
Heraeus Noblelight Hall 6, Booth S72

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