Goodrich Corp. (Stand OE4) has begun collaborating with researchers at an Ohio university to produce a nanomaterial nicknamed “fuzzy fiber” that has metal-like conductive properties and can be formed into large composite structures for use in aerospace.
French company Simav is developing a new thermal process, thermolysis, to recycle the carbon fiber contained in composite materials and claims that its process yields a higher-quality recycled fiber than the current one.
“Airbus is testing a prototype of our recycling machine in Toulouse and we plan to install a production-standard machine there late this year or early in 2009,” Simav CEO Ghassan Khouri told AIN.
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Ongoing research into new composite materials is expected to yield major enhancements in performance, weight and cost for the aerospace industry in the coming years. New ways of laying up carbon fiber, such as weaving, are already enabling more complex shapes. Thermoplastic resins are making manufacturing easier, and the practice of integrating several functions into one part is reducing part counts.
Toyota confirmed that the fuselage of its experimental four-seat piston aircraft is a one-piece co-cured (single-molded) unit of a carbon fiber and resin composite material. The aircraft flew for the first time at Mojave (Calif.) Airport on May 31.