Flying further, but consuming less fuel
Carbon represents more than half of the structural mass of commercial airplanes
Composites are present everywhere: in fuselage sections, wing panels, air entries, motor blades, empenages, bulkheads… As resin-impregnated carbon fibre or plastic sandwich beams and metallic alloys, these modern materials represent more than half of the structural mass of recent airplanes, such as the Airbus A350 and the Boeing 787. The demand for carbon composites in the aeronautical industry has taken off in the last ten years and will most likely double from now to 2020. Lighter aircraft will evidently fly further and faster, whilst consuming less fuel and therefore contributing to the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. Additionally, carbon fibre is not susceptible to corrosion and fatigue, so improving aircraft maintenance and reducing inspection intervals.
We are proud to be a second-tier supplier to Airbus
For more than ten years, Heol Composites has produced carbon fibre components as a second-tier supplier to Airbus. These include assembly templates (for example passenger luggage compartments) or drilling templates (in partnership with an aeronautical machining company to guarantee the high precision needed for carbon parts, which do not have the same thermal expansion as the aluminium templates in use today), sample parts to calibrate tooling, test parts (which are sometimes tested to breaking point) or real size demonstrators.