Collins Aerospace leading UK collaboration to develop next-gen composite components

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Braider Machine at Collins Aerospace
New braider equipment at Collins Aerospace’s Banbury, UK, facility can manufacture composite components such as new complex fuel pipes.
  • Group awarded a 4-year, $3.6 million grant in support of Next Generation of Complex Composite Components (NGC3) initiative
  • Lighter materials may contribute to lower gas emissions
  • Supports the United Kingdom’s aerospace technology roadmap

DUBAI (Nov. 11, 2021) – Collins Aerospace has formed a United Kingdom (UK)-based collaboration to help deliver complex-shaped composite components for the next generation of aircraft with a focus on system simplification, weight reduction and cost competitiveness. These improvements can help drive down the overall cost of manufacturing while increasing the competitiveness of the UK’s aerospace industry as it supports global green initiatives leading to weight reduction and lower carbon emissions.

The four collaborative partners – Collins, Composite Integration, Crompton Mouldings and Bitrez – have been awarded a four-year, $3.6 million grant to develop Next Generation Complex Composite Components (NGC3) in alignment with the UK’s Aerospace Technology Institute’s (ATI) innovation strategy: Accelerating Ambition.

The team will develop integrated composite component technology for future commercial aircraft that will feature composite wings rather than metallic. Composite aircraft will require new complex fuel pipes, flexible integrated transmission shafts and braided pressure vessels featuring technological innovations in tailored resin systems, advanced braiding and Resin Transfer Moulding (RTM).

“Not only are new technologies needed to support next-gen aircraft, but also new processes that enable high-volume manufacturing using increased levels of automation,” said Ed Dryden, vice president of Actuation Systems for Collins Aerospace. “We appreciate ATI’s support as we pursue these new technologies.” Collins’ work will be conducted at its Actuation Systems facility in Banbury, UK, via new braider and RTM equipment.

About Collins Aerospace
Collins Aerospace, a unit of Raytheon Technologies Corp. is a leader in technologically advanced and intelligent solutions for the global aerospace and defense industry. Collins Aerospace has the extensive capabilities, comprehensive portfolio and broad expertise to solve customers’ toughest challenges and to meet the demands of a rapidly evolving global market. For more information, visit CollinsAerospace.com.