Using over a decade of experience in TenCate Cetex® thermoplastic composites, Premium AEROTEC designed and manufactured a rear pressure bulkhead demonstrator in just 4 months.
> Increased build rate
> Less parts, reduced assembly efforts, short production times
> Increased weight performance
> Technology development to enable “Fuselage of Tomorrow”
> Enabled higher rate of manufacturing units. In excess of one hundred units per month is feasible
> Used cutting-edge welding of 3D-shaped components learn more about the process here
> Delivered weight performance. Thermoplastic part composite weight of 35 kg/77 lb compared to aluminum component 41 kg/90 lb
Visit us at JEC World, Booth V50, Hall 5, to see Premium AEROTEC's demonstrator part made from TenCate Cetex® TC1100/PPS with Toray T300J fiber.
TenCate Cetex® remains the aerospace industry’s lightweight, durable material of choice. Leading the way in thermoplastic composites for over 25 years, TenCate Cetex® is flying today in more than one million parts, from structural components, wing leading edges, engine pylon structures, cargo flooring, acoustic structures, to interior galleys and seats.
> Rapid assembly
> Short cycle times
> No freezer storage
> Chemical resistance
> Excellent FST properties
TenCate Cetex® offers outstanding mechanical properties, is durable, strong, and lightweight, and is qualified to major aircraft manufacturers’ specifications.
> Compression molding/thermoforming
> Advanced Tape Placement (ATP)
Visit Toray at JEC World, Booth J30, Hall 5, to see Daher's Airbus A380 engine pylon cover made from TenCate Cetex® TC1100/PPS with Toray T300J fiber.
Thermoforming is the process of heating up a thermoplastic sheet, or laminate, and forming while the material is still pliable.
This can be done locally or in a one-part or a two-part mold.
The sheet is heated above the melt temperature after which it is transferred above the bottom half of the mold. Once placed, the sheet can be formed by one of the following processes:
> Single bend forming
> Stamp forming
> Vacuum forming
> Deep drawing
> Continuous compression molding
The high-quality consolidation of TenCate Cetex® thermoplastic composites in both UD tape and RTL formats allows for simple heating and forming processes that take minutes.
The ThermoPlastic composites Research Center (TPRC) and the ThermoPlastic composites Application Center (TPAC), both in the Netherlands, are collaborating with industrial partners and science-focused academic institutions to affordably reduce the overall environmental impact of production scrap while retaining the high mechanical properties of thermoplastic composites (TPC). Net shape manufacturing and complex features are possible with recycled TPC from scrap and high mechanical properties are obtained by retaining long fiber lengths.
The 4-year project considers the entire value chain of TPC recycling, from scrap collection to application of recycled TPC for high-end and high-volume markets.
Together, the partnership is evaluating:
> Sustainable recycling options within the thermoplastic cycle
> Multiple scrap material breakdown processes based on fiber length, including grinding, chopping, and shredding
Visit us at JEC World, Booth V50, Hall 5, to see a recycled TPC aerospace demonstrator part made from TenCate Cetex® TC1100/PPS with Toray T300J fiber.
Reflecting our new position as part of the Toray Group, partnerships are at the very core of TenCate’s values. This is will be demonstrated through the stories that will be display on our Booth V40, Hall 5.
We are presenting a full carbon fiber door of Aston Martin’s hypercar. Weighing only 4.9 kg, the door is designed to balance quality aesthetics with vital safety criteria to maximize driving visibility. The lower segment of the door has been developed to maximize energy absorption in the event of an impact in addition to integrating cabin ventilation systems.
A technology demonstrator made by Premium AEROTEC for the Airbus A320 using TenCate Cetex® TC1100 Carbon/PPS, meeting the challenge of increased build rates whilst lightweighting the existing generation of single-aisle aircraft.
Showcasing a new recycling route for thermoplastic composites as a result of multi-partner research.
Frank returned to TenCate in 2015 after 10 years in the sheet metal industry. His work today focuses on strategic, commercial, and technical activities, fueling his passion for progressing thermoplastic composite use, especially that of recycled thermoplastic composites.
“Although TenCate Cetex® thermoplastic composites have been in flight for over 30 years, the last 10 years can clearly be bookmarked by a maturation of the supply chain,” he says. “An ever increasing adoption of thermoplastic processing capacity in the market enables a further growth of the market. As TenCate Advanced Composites has now joined the Toray family, the exciting next step is transforming thermoplastic composites into a mainstream material in aerospace and other demanding industries.”
Frank holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and marketing from Windesheim University of Applied Sciences in Zwolle, the Netherlands, and specializes in thermoplastic composites. He particularly enjoys cases where production methods unique to thermoplastic composites are combined, such as stamp forming, various welding methods, and injection overmolding, as he feels combined methods bring out the best in the material.
Frank lives in Zwolle where he enjoys squash, golf, renovating his house, and traveling with his wife. They are close to achieving their personal goal of visiting all 48 countries on the European continent.
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