Hexcel Wins Innovation Award For Aerospace at JEC Americas Show
At the first JEC Americas show taking place in Boston, November 7-9th, Hexcel will receive the JEC Innovation Award for Aerospace for its game-changing technology HexMC®.
As new generation commercial aircraft and jet engines increasingly use carbon fiber composites for large flight critical structures, a number of smaller complex geometry parts are required to connect these structures together. In the past these connector parts would have been made from metal and susceptible to fatigue and corrosion. Hexcel’s HexMC® technology is based on high performance aerospace grade carbon fiber/epoxy materials that can be molded into complex shapes in cost-effective series production. The resulting parts demonstrate performance levels comparable to carbon fiber/epoxy prepregs and the weight savings reduce aviation fuel consumption and increase aircraft payload.
Hundreds of HexMC® parts have been certified for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner including Window Frames, Brackets, Fittings, Gussets, Clips/Cleats, Intercostals and Pans. The HexMC® window frame has a significant impact on two key characteristics of the Dreamliner. The new low density, high strength composite frame results in almost a 50 percent weight saving over a traditional aluminum frame and provides superior damage tolerance.
New components to benefit from HexMC® are the Outlet Guide Vanes for the GE-Honda HF120 turbofan. The concept design of the OGV was developed by Honda and the manufacturing of them was jointly developed by GE, Honda and Hexcel successfully. Each engine has 42 OGVs, which are great candidates to benefit from HexMC® technology while providing weight savings that are comparable to - or better than – those achieved with other aerospace carbon/epoxy solutions. The GE-Honda HF120 turbofan has a robust, simplified design to deliver greater payload, longer range and outstanding durability for business jets. The use of HexMC® contributes to the weight reductions which, together with an innovative 3D aerodynamic design, provide enhanced efficiency and optimize operability.