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.
Quick, easily scalable and the ability to have localised facilities
No costly prepreg
Capability to provide significant cost savings
No excessive material waste
Greater product reliability in comparison with the current recognised thermoset methods