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Porcher organosheet for thermoplastic fuselage

Porcher Industries has been working with Stelia Aerospace on the development of a thermoplastic composite fuselage for next-gen single aisle aircraft.

18th July 2017

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Badinières

Transport/​Aerospace

For the project, Porcher’s technical team developed an organosheet from the Pipreg range. © Porcher Industries Porcher Industries has been working with Stelia Aerospace, headquartered in Toulouse, France, on the development of a thermoplastic – as opposed to thermoset – composite fuselage for next generation single aisle aircraft.

A demonstrator of the part, featuring all the typical characteristics of a primary fuselage airframe – a thin skin, lightning protection, stringers and frames – was exhibited at the recent Paris Airshow. A detailed evaluation of the part in a true industrial environment is now being carried out.

Stelia has invested several million Euros in the Arches Box TP research and technology project within the CORAC (French Strategic Advisory Board for Civil Aviation Research) platform and manufactured the demonstrator skin with an automatic fibre placement (AFP) process using thermoplastic slit carbon tapes and out of autoclave (OOA) consolidation, before completing the final structure assembly at its in-house R & T centre in Méaulte, France.

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