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The Spanish company is using its latest technology in robotic systems for inspecting aeronautical components. This powerful mechanized system based on articulated robots is used to detect defective materials.
Airbus has chosen Third Dimension to supply GapGun measurement systems for the aircraft build process throughout Europe. Third Dimension is the leading supplier of handheld precision metrology solutions and it has a long track record of supplying metrology equipment and services to the largest names in aerospace, automotive and energy sectors worldwide.
Aerolia and its partners are responsible for the design and the production of the 3 Nose Section sub-assemblies:· metal structure assemblies such as the cockpit, the nose fairing and the nose landing gear compartment with the use of aluminium, aluminium-lithium or titanium for some major frames.· composite elements such as the lower shell, the main components of the Section 12 including the doors for passenger boarding and the nose landing gear doors.· for the systems, hydraulic, oxygen, clean and waste water and vacuum piping equipping the nose section and the whole fuselage.
Here is FN Herstal's official website. FN Herstal designs and manufactures a full range of light and portable weapons, integrated weapon systems and ammunition for Military and Law Enforcement as well as Special Forces Operators worldwide.
GE's new ADVENT jet engine design is the hottest ever.
Alberto Garcia Romera's insight:
One year before, in August 2012, General Electric (GE) conducted the first core test of its engine technology demonstrator for the US Air Force Research Laboratories' (AFRL) adaptive versatile engine technology (ADVENT) programme.
The tests was scheduled to be conducted in late August in Cincinnati, Ohio, US, and was tobe followed by full engine testing in 2013.
GE Aviation, a GE subsidiary, has already completed demonstration of the key adaptive fan technology required for production of a variable cycle engine at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, under phase II funding awarded in October 2009.
Separate ADVENT Phase I contracts were awarded by the USAF to GE and Rolls Royce in August 2007 for exploring concepts, testing of critical components, as well development of preliminary designs of an engine.
The phase II funding covered continued component testing and integration of existing technologies for the development of a technology demonstrator engine, which can achieve 25% reduction in average fuel consumption and lower temperature cooling air for thermal management.
Rolls-Royce has also completed fan technology testing of its proposed ADVENT demonstrator.
Meanwhile, Pratt & Whitney (P&W) is pursuing its self-funded variable cycle engine demonstrator testing with aim to replace either GE or Rolls Royce for the programme's follow-on adaptive engine technology development (AETD) contract.
Pursued under the USAF's Versatile Affordable Advanced Turbine Engines (VAATE) programme, the ADVENT programme aims at developing an efficient variable cycle engine in the 20,000lbf thrust class, to provide a next generation military aircraft with greater range and mission flexibility.
The programme is part of the US Government's initiative for versatile affordable turbine engines and to advance turbine engine technology for military and commercial aviation.
The quality of work produced by Denel Aerostructures (DAe) for the new generation A400M airlifter has been rewarded with a third work package worth R200 million by Airbus Military. The multi-million..
Alberto Garcia Romera's insight:
South Africa's Denel Saab Aerostructures (DSA) is the design authority for the load-bearing wing-to-fuselage fairing (pictured) at the root of the wings as well as the top shells that cover the top of the wing over the fuselage. The company is exclusively responsible for the production of so-called top shells for the centre fuselage section of the A400M, which it had also designed and developed. Engineering News' Keith Campbell has picturesquely called these as being equivalent to roof panels. The DSA says this is one of the largest composite-metallic hybrid structures on the aircraft. “This part's main function is to provide aerodynamic efficiency over the wind box, as well as protecting critical aircraft systems.” DSA is contracted to produce two top shells for each aircraft – one in front and one behind the wing box that joins the wing to the fuselage.
In addition, it is making very large wing-to-fuselage fairings, manufactured mainly from composite materials but including aluminium parts. The Engineering News notes each fairing is 15m long, 7m wide, and nearly 3m high. Airbus Military adds the fairing is the largest single aerostructure component ever produced in Africa. To make the parts, DSA obtained accreditation from the US National Aerospace and Defence Contractors Accreditation (NADCAP), making it the first company in the southern hemisphere to obtain such certification for composites production.
In addition to the wing-to-fuselage fairings an topshells, DSA is also contributing centre wing box structural components.
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 17TH, 2013. - The Microturbo (Safran) e-APU60 is certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The entry into service of the first systems is scheduled during the second semester of 2013.
EVERETT -- The Boeing Co. began production Wednesday of the first U.S. Air Force KC-46A tanker. On Wednesday, Boeing workers slid the wing spar, the main structural component of the wing, into a jig on the 767 production line. The spar is 82 feet, 5 inches long. Company employees also are preparing the line for assembly of the KC-46 tanker's aft and forward body structures.
TenCate will supply thermoplastic composite materials for the construction of several aircraft components by Fokker Aerostructures.
Posted on: 6/24/2013
At the Paris Air Show in France on June 19, TenCate Advanced Composites (Nijverdal, The Netherlands) and Fokker Aerostructures (Hoogeveen, The Netherlands) signed a long-term agreement to provide thermoplastic composite materials of TenCate for the construction of several aircraft components by Fokker Aerostructures for the international aerospace industry.
The agreement covers the supply of continuous fiber-reinforced thermoplastic laminates and a range of semipreg composite materials that are used in commercial, regional and military aircraft built by OEMs like Airbus, Boeing, Gulfstream, Dassault and AgustaWestland. Advantages of the application of these light-weight composites are, among others, the saving of kerosene, and the ability to produce large volumes in series.
This long-term supply agreement is an important step forward for the close cooperation between TenCate Advanced Composites and Fokker Aerostructures. Frank Meurs, group director of TenCate Advanced Composites, explains: "The new agreement emphasizes the success of our advanced thermoplastic composites in general, and in particular of our productive relationship with Fokker within the innovative Dutch aerospace industry. This agreement also underlines the continuation of our close partnership since the early 1990s for the supply of thermoplastic composite materials, designed for the part production of Fokker Aerostructures for the international aerospace industry."
Royal Ten Cate Almelo, the Netherlands, Wednesday 19 June 2013
TenCate and TAPAS partners towards next phase of collaboration with Airbus
Today at the Paris Air Show in France the Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs, Henk Kamp, is signing a letter of intent (LOI) for the proposed extension of the Thermoplastic Affordable Primary Aircraft Structure consortium (TAPAS), in which eight Dutch companies and institutes from the aviation industry have been working with Airbus on groundbreaking technological innovations for aviation since 2009.
An innovative fuselage panel for Airbus, which is made of thermoplastic composite from TenCate Advanced Composites and produced by Airbus, Fokker Aerostructures and other TAPAS partners, is also being unveiled at the Paris Air Show.
The companies and institutes forming the TAPAS consortium work closely with Airbus in the field of design and material, production and assembly technologies, supported by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs among others. Under the leadership of Airbus, the partners recently produced a demonstration model of a fuselage panel for passenger aircraft. The technological process was characterized by press forming, welding and co-consolidating the thermoplastic composite into a double-curved fuselage panel, including welded omega stringers and butt-jointed Tstringers. It is the first time that such a large-scale fuselage panel has been made of thermoplastic composite. Thanks to its unique properties – such as high stiffness, fire safety and excellent processability – this advanced material is a prime contender for selection as the material for the entire fuselage of future aircraft.
The LOI to be signed by Minister Kamp aims to extend the existing research agreement of the TAPAS consortium and focuses on the continuing development of thermoplastic composites for wing and tail applications, for support structures for engines, and for fuselages. TAPAS 2 will be the successor of TAPAS 1, which was initiated in 2009 with the aim of expanding the development of thermoplastic composites for Airbus aircraft design and bringing these materials to a higher technology readiness level.
PARIS, 21 June 2013. IAE is assembling the first V2500-E5 engine, selected to power Embraer Defense and Security's new KC-390 multi-role tanker/transport aircraft; it is the first engine to test (FETT) at the Pratt amp; Whitney Middletown, Conn.,...
CHARLOTTE, N.C., June 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- PARIS AIR SHOW -- UTC Aerospace Systems recently partnered with Embraer S.A. (NYSE: ERJ; BOVESPA: EMB3) to successfully demonstrate the next generation of electric braking system technology. The demonstration was performed under Embraer's "More Electric Aircraft" (MEA) study assessing the benefits of the newest generation of electric braking technology that incorporates significant reductions in system weight and envelope. UTC Aerospace Systems is a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).
On 14 June 2013 IABG expects delivery of the centre fuselage section of the Airbus A350 XWB at its Erding site. Together with the wings, it will soon after be subjected to 86,400 simulated flights using 88 servo-hydraulic cylinders.
In Toulouse Final Assembly Line, work continues on MSN2 on which cabin modules have been delivered the first week of June. After the fuselage sections arrival, join-up started last week and the test installation of the Cockpit Door Module and of a zone 1 galley (next to the cockpit) was also successfully conducted.