ACG will be showcasing its range of prepregs for aerospace and rail applications. Picture ©
ACG will be showcasing its range of prepregs for aerospace and rail applications. Picture ©

ACG will highlight its composites technologies for aerospace and rail applications, particularly its medium temperature moulding (MTM®) phenolic and epoxy resin prepregs. Associated tooling materials for both market sectors will also be on display.

For structural applications in the aerospace sector, ACG will display a range of out-of-autoclave technology. ACG MTM44-1 out-of-autoclave prepregs have been evaluated by Airbus, Dassault Aviation, GKN and other major OEMs during development programmes aimed at defining the design and technologies for low cost aircraft structures.

This has led to the adoption of MTM44-1 for the manufacture of wing panels on the Airbus A350 XWB aircraft, marking 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.

MTM45-1 and MTM46 are used for the manufacture of structural components in military aircraft, UAVs and general aviation, while MTM47, ACG’s latest out of autoclave prepreg, offers enhanced compression performance comparable with 180°C autoclave systems, combined with excellent hot/wet open-hole compression behaviour.

For rail and aerospace interior applications, ACG phenolic and epoxy prepregs, available with a wide range of carbon and glass fibre materials, are suitable for both monolithic and sandwich structures. They offer low fire propagation and surface spread of flame, combined with low smoke and toxic gas emission, and meet various aerospace and rail standards.

ACG representatives will also be available to discuss the company's range of tooling solutions for the aerospace and rail industries. ACG has developed out-of-autoclave vacuum-only curing tooling prepregs that provide pit-free surface profiles and autoclave quality tool skin laminates with high end use temperatures and extended tooling life.

China Composites Expo 2011 will take place at the Shanghai World Exhibition and Convention Centre on 7-9 September.