Preformed composites is one of BWT’s newest investments. Recently, in conjunction with a partner, our company developed a new thermoplastic composite process (RT2i™). As a result, we are currently manufacturing parts for use on a launch aircraft platform.
This technology within our dedicated development facility provides BWT with in-house capability for the manufacture of 3D “near net-shape” preforms. For instance, these can incorporate complex features such as beads, flanges and stubs/spuds. All of which are integral to the structure whilst maintaining continuous fibre support throughout. In addition, Matrix materials include PEI Ultem™ 9085 & 9011 and PC Lexan™ FST 9705. To these we add reinforcement materials such as glass and Kevlar™.
Currently, BWT’s development focus is on low pressure ducting applications. However, there is also the possibility of using this technology in 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