Components lighten aerospace load

Artist impression of the Victrex stand at JEC in Paris
Working closely with engineers and technicians along the supply-chain, Victrex claims that it is able to contribute to speed up manufacturing processes and lower energy consumption with components that are up to 60% lighter than metal.

The company's durable PEEK parts are also claimed to help to extend total lifetime and service intervals in a range of industries. At next month's JEC Europe in Paris (10 to 12 March) the company will focus on aerospace and energy sectors including its hybrid moulding technology.

The moulding technique enables the company and its customers to design by analysis to establish a framework where modelling software is used to design a part to specific requirements. A prototype is built and the performance of the model is validated in a lab setting.

The hybrid moulding technology allows engineers to combine the strength of Victrex PAEK-based, continuously-reinforced composites with the design flexibility of PEEK injection moulding solutions. This overmoulding process produces a part in minutes, compared to the hours it could take for a metal or thermoset equivalent, says the company. It also saves up to 60% weight and consolidates parts to create a component, to reduce aircraft manufacturing time and weight.

Caroline Hayes

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