Preformed Composites

BWT has developed, in conjunction with a partner, a new thermoplastic composite process (RT2i™), with parts currently being manufactured for use on a launch aircraft platform.

This technology with our dedicated development facility provides BWT with in house capability for the manufacture of 3D “near net-shape” preforms which can incorporate complex features such as beads, flanges and stubs / spuds integral to the structure whilst maintaining continuous fibre support throughout. Matrix materials include PEI Ultem™ 9085 & 9011 and PC Lexan™ FST 9705 with reinforcement materials such as glass and Kevlar™.

BWT’s current development focus is on low pressure ducting applications; however there is also the possibility of using this technology in other areas such as electrical housings, radomes and structural components.

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