Umeco high performance prepregs at Farnborough
4th July 2012, Farnborough
Umeco Structural materials, a leading provider of high performance prepregs and adhesives to the aerospace, space and military industries, will be exhibiting examples of Airbus-qualified prepregs on its stand at the Farnborough show, which takes place between 9 and 13 July 2012.
Umeco says it leads the way in Out-of-Autoclave (OoA) prepreg processing technology for primary and secondary aircraft structures, and has its MTM 44-1, MTM 45-1, MTM 46 epoxy prepregs in use at major airframers, including Airbus.
Visitors to the Umeco stand will see an aerospace sandwich panel manufactured using a combination of the company’s MTM 44-1 OoA carbon fabric prepreg and MTF246 sandable surface improvement film.
According to Umeco, this combination enables the customer to produce paint-ready parts with minimal reworking and curing costs.
Also on display will be an integrally-stiffened monolithic wing skin demonstrator section manufactured using Umeco’s OoA MTM 44-1 carbon unidirectional prepreg. This material was apparently chosen for its high toughness, low density and ability to produce low void content parts using vacuum bag moulding.
Umeco’s activities are global and focused on delivering advanced composites innovation and a range of services, from structural and process materials to tooling and distribution solutions to its customers.
Xavier Gambert, Umeco Aerospace Market Sector Manager, said:
“We have a very wide range of prepregs qualified at major OEMs, and not only for civil aircraft structures. For example, in space applications, we have low out-gassing cyanate esters and epoxies qualified at ESA. For aircraft interiors, we supply phenolics and epoxy prepregs.”
“Umeco is a name synonymous with innovation and service. As an international provider of advanced composite and process materials, we work primarily with organisations and individuals across aerospace, defence, wind energy, recreation, automotive and marine,” the company said.
Author: Billy Hunter