Hexcel will be exhibiting at the SAMPE conference on May 18-21, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA in booth B40 to promote its latest technologies for aerospace applications. Specialists from Hexcel’s carbon fibers, reinforcements, prepregs, honeycomb and engineered core groups will be there to speak with attendees about Hexcel’s wide variety of products and offerings.
Hexcel will be promoting its new RTM resin, HexFlow® RTM230 ST, which performs well at high temperatures with superior toughness and exhibits excellent high rate impact resistance. HexFlow® RTM230 ST resin combines high in-plane and impact performance with good long term thermal stability, but is also easy to process, with a 45 minute injection window. This new resin demonstrates outstanding resistance to aggressive fluids including commonly used solvents and aviation fuel. The HexFlow® RTM230 ST resin is particularly suited for engine components such as fan blades and fan cases, spacers and outlet guide vanes.
Hexcel will also be promoting its award-winning HiTape® dry carbon fiber reinforcements which are designed for the automated manufacture of preforms at very high deposition rates. The preforms can then be infused with Hexcel’s RTM6 resin for a cost-efficient out-of-autoclave process for the manufacture of next generation aircraft structures. Parts produced with HiTape® reinforcements and Hexcel’s HexFlow® infusion resins can be up to 30mm thick with a 58 to 60% fiber volume content, resulting in mechanical properties that are as high as those achieved with primary structure prepregs.
Since Hexcel launched its HexTow® HM63 carbon fiber in 2014, this high modulus fiber has been quickly adopted by customers and is already in multi-lot qualification with major space and aerospace OEMs. HexTow® HM63 has the highest tensile strength of any high modulus fiber and provides outstanding translation of fiber properties in a composite, including superior interlaminar shear and compression shear strength. HexTow® HM63 fiber is ideal for applications such as space, UAV, commercial aerospace, helicopters and satellites. It also meets the special requirements for premium sports and recreation applications such as Formula 1, marine, bicycles, fishing rods and other industrial applications.
These specific products are just a few of the many industry-leading products offered by Hexcel.