STAMFORD, Conn. – Hexcel will be exhibiting at the SAMPE technical conference May 21-22, in Charlotte, North Carolina (Booth L22) to promote its latest technologies and innovations in composites. This year marks the 75th anniversary since the SAMPE was founded. The composites industry has come a long way in those 75 years, and Hexcel technologies are a great example of the innovation and advancements that have been made over that time.
One of Hexcel’s award-winning innovations, HiTape® advanced reinforcements, will be promoted with a wing box demonstrator showing how this dry carbon fiber tape can be used to make structural parts in aerospace applications. SAMPE visitors will also see a wing structure on display to demonstrate Hexcel’s HiMax™ multiaxial reinforcements. Hexcel’s HiTape® and HiMax™ dry carbon reinforcements were developed to complement a new generation of HiFlow™ resin systems, producing high quality aerospace structures using the resin infusion process. HiTape® was developed for the automated lay-up of preforms, and HiMax™ is a range of optimized non-crimp fabrics (NCF). Both products incorporate a toughening veil to enhance mechanical properties, meeting the structural requirements for aerospace parts.
Hexcel will also display its HexAM™ additive manufacturing technology that combines high performance PEKK thermoplastics with carbon fiber to produce flight-ready 3D printed HexPEKK™ parts. HexPEKK™ structures offer significant weight, cost and time-to-market reductions, replacing traditional cast or machined metallic parts in highly demanding aerospace, satellite and defense applications.
Hexcel continues to innovate with new fibers to meet the needs of advancing technologies. At the show, Hexcel will be promoting its newest high modulus fiber, HexTow® HM50, which boasts high modulus and high tensile strength, making it ideal for commercial and defense aircraft and engines.
Hexcel continues to promote its PrimeTex® woven carbon fabrics that decrease areal weight while providing a smooth, closed weave and uniform cosmetic appearance. PrimeTex® fabrics are more uniform as the filaments in each tow are spread out to create a thinner and more closely woven fabric that provides better mechanicals and less porosity in a composite laminate.
An example of the versatile HexPly® M77HF prepreg will be showcased at SAMPE in use in a lightweight vaulting pole demonstrator. HexPly® M77HF prepreg provides fast reactivity, low tack, high toughness and long out life and is specifically suited for processing parameters that need additional resin flow for surface quality, compaction or low voids.
Hexcel Corporation is a leading advanced composites company. It develops, manufactures and markets lightweight, high-performance structural materials including carbon fibers, specialty reinforcements, prepregs and other fiber-reinforced matrix materials, honeycomb, adhesives, engineered core and composite structures for use in commercial aerospace, space and defense and industrial applications.
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