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New technology from Spirit accelerates composite components curing

New technology from Spirit accelerates composite components curing

Spirit’s intelligent heated tool can cure composite parts 40 percent faster at half the cost. A new method supports a wide range of composite components across industries, from wind turbine blades to the next generation of composite aircraft.

Typically, high-performance composite materials are layered on a specially formed surface, or tool, and then placed in an autoclave, where a combination of heat and pressure accelerate the hardening of the material. Spirit’s new technology introduces an intelligent, multi-zone heated tool, removing the need for an autoclave. The tool enables complete control of the curing process through real-time monitoring and feedback.

Stevie Brown, lead engineer at Spirit’s Advanced Technology Centre, explained that the autoclave had been a bottleneck in manufacturing lines, and removing it would reduce cycle times for components, cut production costs and decrease energy consumption. Instead of curing components at a standard temperature for hours at a time, they can now tailor the cycle time to match individual part geometries.

Spirit has developed a new technology in collaboration with the University of Strathclyde and Scotland located innovation centre CENSIS. They intend to continue collaboration through 2018.

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