ACG will be showcasing its prepreg technologies at the Paris Air Show.
ACG will be showcasing its prepreg technologies at the Paris Air Show.

At the show, ACG will feature its out of autoclave composites technology for aerospace structures.

Out of autoclave

The company's MTM44-1 toughened epoxy matrix resin prepreg will be used for the manufacture of wing panels on the Airbus A350 XWB aircraft. According to ACG, this marks the first use of out of autoclave processing in a commercial aircraft structure.

Manufacture is presently at the ramp up stage and full production is expected to begin in late 2011.

MTM44-1 was used in the EU funded ALCAS (Advanced Low Cost Aircraft Structures) programme. Led by Airbus and Dassault Aviation, the aim of this project was to define the design and technologies for low cost aircraft structures.

Further ACG prepregs MTM45-1 and MTM46 epoxy systems are used for the manufacture of structural components in military aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAVs) and general aviation applications.

MTM47, the latest out of autoclave prepreg from ACG, is reported to offer enhanced compression performance comparable with 180°C autoclave systems, combined with excellent hot/wet open-hole compression behaviour.

Further aerospace applications

For aircraft interiors, ACG manufactures a range of phenolic prepreg materials qualified to Airbus specifications and to major OEM standards.

For space applications, ACG manufactures low moisture pick-up, low outgassing, non-ITAR listed prepregs which effortlessly meet the limits required by NASA.

The ACG range of epoxy, phenolic, cyanate ester and bismaleimide (BMI) prepregs can be supplied in a number of different formats and fibre reinforcements, such as carbon, aramid, E-, R- and S-glass.

Paris Air Show

The 49th International Paris Air Show takes place in Le Bourget, Paris, France, on 20-26 June 2011.