Porcher Industries, a manufacturer of textile reinforcements and thermoplastic composites materials, is working with Airbus Helicopters to design a carbon fiber reinforcement plastic (CFRP) rotor for the H160 helicopter.

According to Porcher, the H160 is the first civil helicopter with a composite structure making it lighter, more robust, more resistant to corrosion and fatigue, and with fewer maintenance needs.

The prepreg material was developed from a thermoplastic resin, and required special weaving and high temperature impregnation expertise, the company said. This project has allowed Airbus Helicopters to master the processing and production of a CFRP composite part.

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