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Aerotecnic innovates in the microwave curing of aeronautical parts in composite material

The company leads the FAMACOM project, with great transformative potential within the manufacturing technologies of the sector

The company Aerotecnic, based in Aerópolis, within the framework of the FAMACOM Project, is developing an integrated solution for cleaning, deposition and automatic one-shot compaction by in-situ microwave curing (MW) of a composite sandwich structure for the aeronautical sector.

Consistent with the constant commitment to innovation by the company, it is a solution with great transformative potential within the manufacturing technologies of the sector. It seeks not only to obtain a superior performance to the usual alternatives, improving the efficiency of the curing processes, but also a great advance in the automation of the complete cleaning, deposition and compaction process, integrating all the operations into a single robotic cell.

As a company dedicated to the integral management of aeronautical aerostructures, Aerotecnic has extensive experience in the manufacture of aeronautical structures and components, including the manufacture of composite carbon fiber aeronautical parts, known as CFRP. Apart from the manufacturing itself, Aerotecnic also has the capabilities and experience in all the post-processes necessary for the different elementary, as well as the knowledge of the requirements at the quality level and materials involved, which positions it in a privileged situation to address this developing.

The main objectives to be achieved with the project are: reduce manual operations by 80% in this type of manufacturing and by 40% cure time, compared to the autoclave; achieve homogeneity of curing heating along the piece of at least 95%; average saving of 40% in the time of curing with respect to the autoclave, which will increase considerably the production and the efficiency of the processes; 40% reduction in energy consumption compared to the current autoclave curing system; 30% savings in tool manufacturing.

The project consortium is completed with the participation of the leading CT-Engineers in technological innovation, Inespasa, leading in the design, manufacture, assembly of aeronautical tools and Titania, specializing in testing materials and aerospace processes. Aomplas, Fada-Catec and the University of Cádiz participate as collaborating entities, and the project is part of the Innterconecta 2018 Program, subsidized by the CDTI and supported by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness.