Composites collaboration demonstrates low-cost manufacturing technology



    PARIS AIR SHOW - LE BOURGET, France, June 15 /CNW/ - Bristol Aerospace, a
division of Magellan Aerospace, in collaboration with Boeing Research &
Technology and the Composites Innovation Centre in Winnipeg, MB, completed a
research program to investigate out-of-autoclave processing for potential use
in composite aircraft components. These composites can be cured in an oven
under a vacuum bag with no additional external pressure applied. Next
generation out-of-autoclave composites that offer performance comparable to
traditional materials are now being developed by suppliers. The goal of the
project was to demonstrate that an out-of-autoclave process could be used to
fabricate components that would satisfy the strict requirements for aerospace
grade parts.
    High performance composite structures for aircrafts are typically
manufactured using an autoclave, to cure components under the application of
heat and pressure. This approach involves significant production costs from
expenses required to purchase, operate, and maintain the necessary equipment
and tooling. Out-of-autoclave processing is gaining increased interest in the
aerospace industry as a potential opportunity for cost savings.
    The study focused on potential applications for one commercially
available material. Manufacturing trials were conducted at Bristol's Winnipeg
plant in its state-of-the-art Composites Manufacturing Centre. All three
partners were involved in inspection to assess the quality of the final test
articles. "Our first attempt to produce a generic part using an
out-of-autoclave manufacturing process proved to be a great success," said
Shawna Boyko, Project Manager and Composites Engineering Technical Specialist
at Bristol. "Inspection and coupon testing of the demonstration article showed
good compaction and virtually no voids, exceeding typical quality requirements
by a fair margin."
    Based on positive results from the current program, Bristol intends to
continue exploring alternative manufacturing methods for composite structures.
Vice President and General Manager Don Boitson stated "Innovative
manufacturing technologies such as out-of-autoclave processing presents an
opportunity for us to reduce production costs while maintaining a high level
of quality, increasing the value we provide to our customers."
    The success achieved in this project encourages further collaborative
research to include additional composite formulations and methodologies to
ultimately match the properties of autoclave cured structures with the lower
costs of out-of-autoclave curing.

    About Boeing

    Boeing is the world's leading aerospace company and the largest
manufacturer of commercial jetliners and military aircraft combined. Through
its Boeing Research & Technology organization, the company conducts its own
research and development and also works with top government, private and
university research centers, and companies throughout the world to find the
most innovative and affordable technology solutions for aerospace
applications.

    About the Composites Innovation Centre:

    The Composites Innovation Centre Manitoba Inc. (CIC) is a not-for-profit
corporation that is jointly sponsored by private industry and government. Its
mandate is to support and stimulate economic growth through innovative
research, development and application of composite materials and technologies
for manufacturing industries. This is achieved by working directly with
industry, on industry sponsored projects that result in a measurable economic
benefit to the project participants and the community. Projects are performed
in a collaborative partnership with industry, government agencies, and
educational establishments. To support these activities, the CIC is funded by
and/or has affiliations with several government, research and educational
establishments.

    About Magellan Aerospace:

    Magellan Aerospace is one of the world's most integrated aerospace
industry suppliers. Magellan designs, engineers, and manufactures aeroengine
and aerostructure assemblies and components for aerospace markets, advanced
products for military and space markets, and complementary specialty products.
Magellan is a public company whose shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange
(TSX: MAL), with operating units throughout Canada, the United States and the
United Kingdom.

    Forward Looking Statements:

    This press release contains information and statements of a
forward-looking nature and is based on assumptions and uncertainties as well
as on management's reasonable evaluation of future events. These statements
are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties
that are difficult to predict, and/or are beyond the Corporation's control. A
number of important factors could cause actual outcomes and results to differ
materially from those expressed in these forward-looking statements.






For further information:

For further information: Bill Matthews, Vice President Marketing,
Magellan Aerospace Corporation, Tel: (905) 677-1889 Ext 222, Mobile in Paris:
(416) 271-7470, E: bill.matthews@magellan.aero


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