RTM-based redesign advances safety for one-of-a-kind wind tunnel

Up Close Composite

August 15, 2017 – Glass fiber and honeycomb spacers between compressor blades get upgraded to a higher factor of safety with less weight using solid carbon fiber and RTM at the Arnold Engineering Development Complex (AEDC, Arnold Air Force Base, TN)

Developing a Bid-Winning Design

When the project was offered worldwide, Matrix Composites (Rockledge, FL) turned in the winning bid. “I can’t say it was any one thing that won the contract for us, beyond meeting the technical objectives at an attractive cost,” says Matrix president Dave Nesbitt, whose background includes parts production for NASA’s Space Shuttle and US military and commercial aerospace companies. “But a lot of it had to do with our RTM experience.” He notes the company uses a range of processes, “but our closed molding capability is what sets us apart.”

Read more of the Composites World article here.