Infrared heat processes for composite materials and aerospace manufacturing

Composite materials are fabricated in different ways based on their purpose - Infrared heat is used in the process because of its quick and homogeneous heating and curing characteristics.

Infrared for composite manufacturing technology

Short-fibre reinforced thermosetting plastics for large car body parts, long-fibre reinforced thermoplastics for high-strength structural components, woven rovings for wind energy plants or filament windings for sleeves and pressure cylinders: Composite materials are different based on their purpose. They all have in common that they are to be produced in the most cost-efficient way. Infrared heat helps!

Infrared heat cures thermosetting plastics and heats thermoplastics prior to welding, moulding or forming. Infrared radiation can be precisely adjusted to the product and the process. Advanced numerical methods such as ray tracing and computational fluid dynamics help make the heating of large surfaces homogeneous.

Popular application examples for IR used in composites processing include:

Advanced CAE Technology for Infrared Solution at National Composites Center

The National Composites Centre (NCC) in Bristol, UK, is using sophisticated Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) technology from Heraeus Noblelight to optimize the thermal input and control, necessary for selected composite pre-preg lay-up operations.

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Infrared for composite structure of airplanes

An infrared heating system from Heraeus Noblelight helps to ensure the quality of composite structures for airplanes for a manufacturer near Bristol, UK.

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Infrared for composite manufacturing technology

Infrared emitters from Heraeus Noblelight are helping a global company in softening material used in aircrafts.

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