Adhesive joining of structural components will assume an increasingly important role in designing and manufacturing lightweight structures for aerospace platforms. The latest book from SAE International, Adhesive Joining of Structural Components: New Insights and Technologies explores recent advancements in adhesive bonding, used in the manufacture of primary aircraft fuselage and wing structures since 1945.
Having successfully completed the development-testing phase, Parker Aerospace’s BACS modulates high-pressure bleed air from the engine, which is used to draw cool ambient air from outside the aircraft as it takes off. Once the outside air pressure is too low to draw in and the bleed air temperatures are cooler, the BACS will transition to use only low-pressure bleed air to pressurize the cabin.
Several leaders of global truck manufacturers converged for an International Press Workshop in advance of the IAA Commercial Vehicles trade show taking place in Hanover, Germany in September. The main topics were familiar—electrification, autonomous operation, connectivity—but still worth being heard, coming from those helping to shape how the industry moves forward.
ARCONIC-THOR –designed for higher temperature applications in next generation aero engines and adjacent structures. The ARCONIC-THOR alooy is nearly 50 percent lighter than incumbent nickel-based superalloys.
NASA officials in Washington continue to invest in private-public partnerships to help foster commercial space activity with the selection of 13 companies to study the future of commercial human spaceflight in low Earth orbit (LEO), including long-range opportunities for the International Space Station (ISS).
The only human-rated centrifuge in the Department of Defense just gained full operational capability. The centrifuge, located at the Air Force Research Laboratory’s 711th Human Performance Wing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio is capable of producing 20 times the force of gravity and can accelerate up to 15 Gs in one second.
Boeing officials plan to open the new Boeing Aerospace & Autonomy Center in Cambridge, Mass., in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) new mixed-use district in Kendall Square, bringing together engineering teams from Boeing and subsidiary Aurora Flight Sciences to accelerate development of future mobility solutions.
Together, the companies will develop customized lightweight material systems and advanced manufacturing processes, such as metal additive manufacturing – also known as 3D printing – to advance current and next-generation aerospace and defense solutions, including new structures and systems not currently in existence.
Deutz progressed its push for alternative drives by revealing its first electrified off-highway drive solution at Intermat. Company executives provide more details about the next steps into the electrification arena.