JEC WORLD, the leading international composites show in Paris
For the 50th time, JEC World will gather the global composite industry from 3rd to 5th March 2020. It is a celebration of the most innovative composite projects worldwide taking place at the Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre.
Composites have many benefits, but the most remarkable would be what it brings to engineering applications. They can be light weight and transformed into unlimited and complex shapes. In the aviation industry it is a weight saving material.
Composites are a mixture of two or more materials combined to give different or superior properties (usually for light weight and strength) than the individual components. They are one of the main materials used in additive manufacturing. It can be used in many industries such as automotive, aerospace, railway, marine, civil engineering and many more.
They can be mixed with metal, ceramic, wood or carbon particles, or reinforced with carbon fibers. Composites typically consist of three phases: a matrix as a continuous phase, reinforcement as a discontinuous or dispersed phase and an interface or binder. The two most common composites used in additive manufacturing are Polymer-Matrix composites (PMCs) and Metal-Matrix Composites (MMCs).
Composites in the aerospace industry
Throughout the years, engineers have been working on reducing weight in the aircraft in order to increase its performance. For example, in 1972 an Airbus aircraft was made of 5% of composite. In 2015, the A350 XWB aircraft was made up of 53% of composite. Similarly, the Boeing Company introduced an aircraft made up of 12% of composite in 1995. With the introduction of the 787 Dreamliner the amount of composites used increased up to 50%. Aerospace represents 15% of the global composite materials distribution. This will rise up due to the increase of demand of high-strength lightweight materials.
JEC World’s innovation award
Some companies will demonstrate their latest products at this year’s JEC World 2020. Last year’s winners, Cecence, are back this year. They won thanks to the first all composite aero seat back resulting in a lightweight, FST compliant component. They position themselves as the leader of composite manufacturing solutions providers in the UK. This year they are working on the development of similar components using sustainable rapid process materials.
Nowadays aero companies are aiming to drastically reduce their carbon footprint. The NATEP program, funded in 2019, was created to develop a carbon/glass fibre and bio resin-based system. They will show how this program can meet aero requirements at the innovation award.
Ascent Aerospace, an automation provider and production system integrator, will introduce their HyVarC demo hybrid mold tool. This tool offers an ideal layup mould for aero applications.
Anaglyph, the UK composites design and manufacturing solutions specialist, will introduce their latest version of its hand-layup ply placement technology “PlyMatch”. It uses augmented reality to show the live image of the object and is particularly useful when making complex shapes.
Many more companies will introduce their innovation at the JEC World this year and will be judged by a prestigious jury.
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