High-Performance Composites

MAR 2013

High-Performance Composites is read by qualified composites industry professionals in the fields of continuous carbon fiber and other high-performance composites as well as the associated end-markets of aerospace, military, and automotive.

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NEWS airbus a350 XWB's rolls-royce turbofan awarded type certification Tooling Solutions for Complex Composites Aerospace Automotive Ex ted & Form trac e d Defense Tool Shapes Racing Energy Smart Tooling, a division of Spintech Ventures, provides formable and reusable Smart Mandrels® and SMP Bladders for manufacturing complex composite parts that drastically reduce labor and capital cost, while dramatically increasing production. TM 1150 S. Patton St. Xenia, OH 45385 (t) 937.912.3250 www.smarttooling.com (email) contact@smarttooling.com 28 | high-performance composites A irbus (Toulouse, France) reported on Feb. 7 that its composites-intensive A350 XWB airliner has achieved another important program milestone in its progress toward aircraft type certification and full-rate production. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA, Koeln, Germany) awarded Engine Type Certification to the A350 XWB's RollsRoyce (London, U.K.) Trent XWB turbofan jet engine. The certification covers Trent XWB engines that will power the A350-800 and A350-900 aircraft. A newer version of the Trent XWB, which will be capable of greater thrust, is currently under development for the larger A350-1000 variant. Certification confirms that the engine has fulfilled EASA's airworthiness requirements and is the last major engine milestone prior to the first flight of A350-900 MSN001, scheduled for later this year. The engines that will power that aircraft are being prepped for installation. Since February 2012, the Trent XWB has been trialed on Airbus' A380 Flying Test Bed (FTB) aircraft. FTB test results indicate that the engine will meet the A350 XWB program's efficiency and performance goals. Airbus' executive VP Didier Evrard claims, "These new engines together with the aircraft's advanced aerodynamics and airframe technologies will bring our airline customers a 25 percent step-improvement in fuel efficiency."

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