ATC will be actively participating in the annual Composites and Advanced Materials Expo (CAMX), September 23 – 26 in Anaheim, California. David Leach, ATC Director of Business Development, and Trevor McCrea, ATC Director of Research and Development Engineering, will present a technical paper titled ‘Cost Effective Thermoplastic Composites in Aerostructures,’ authored by David Leach, Trevor McCrea, and Corbin Chamberlain, ATC Director of Facilities and Equipment. The paper addresses the current capabilities and state of the art in fabricating continuous fiber reinforced thermoplastic (TP) matrix composite parts for aerospace structural applications. These materials and technologies are providing significant cost reduction compared to state-of-the-art thermoset materials and processes. The major reason is due to the ability to process parts quickly as no reactive chemistry is required. Fabric reinforced TP composites have been used in aircraft production applications for many years, mostly in interior and secondary structure applications. Unidirectional tapes provide maximum design flexibility and structural performance, but the rapid fabrication of parts manufactured from unidirectional tapes have many challenges. These are now being overcome resulting in the use of TP composites in highly structural aerospace applications while achieving the fabrication cost benefits.
Composite parts manufactured by ATC will be on display at the booths of Toray (J29) and Solvay (X2). You can find more information on each of those suppliers at https://www.toray.com and https://www.solvay.com.
The Conference includes many different composites related sessions and keynote presentations. Further information can be found on the CAMX Expo at https://www. https://www.thecamx.org/
If you are planning on attending CAMX, please make time to meet with Trevor and David.