News Source: Solvay
Image Source: Boeing
Solvay launches FusePlyTM, a breakthrough composite bonding technology, at SAMPE Long Beach, 22-23 May 2018. Solvay will be introducing FusePlyTM at SAMPE Long Beach 2018 by exhibiting samples on Stand M25 and presenting in the SAMPE conference program on May 23rd at 10.30 am.
Solvay developed FusePlyTM to enable the build of reliable, bonded composite parts using conventional manufacturing processes, through the creation of covalently bonded structures thus potentially removing the need for abundant rivets and fasteners. It addresses the manufacturing challenges faced by aircraft builders looking for improved performance, build rates and lightweighting.
FusePlyTM offers clear step-change bonding performance and benefits to users:
- Improved reliability: Through the creation of chemical bonds,FusePlyTM enables part manufacturers to have increased confidence in bonded structures.
- Higher part performance: Compared to mechanical fasteners,FusePlyTM offers higher performance since drilling holes into fiber-reinforced structures introduces structural damage and creates stress concentrations that ultimately reduce the load capacity of the part.
- Lightweighting: The reduction and replacement of fasteners with FusePlyTM bonding will substantially reduce the overall weight of the aircraft.
- Design freedom: Adhesives offer much greater design flexibility during manufacture and assembly at lower cost. FusePlyTM can easily be integrated into existing manufacturing processes as an upgrade for traditional surface preparation methods.
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