It’s the first of its kind in the aircraft industry—induction-welded thermoplastic composite primary structures (rudder and elevator) for aircraft. The companies involved in this break-through collaborative project include Fokker Aerostructures (NL), Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. (US), KVE Composites Group (NL), TenCate Aerospace Composites (NL) and Ticona GmbH (GER). The companies were presented with the JEC innovation award in the Aeronautics category.
Fokker Aerostructures designed and developed the G650 tail section and industrialized a new induction welding method for the rudder and the elevator. With the welding technology developed by KVE Composites Group, components are joined into an inseparable unit, eliminating costly drilling and riveting work. The thermoplastic material is Fortron PPS, a high-performance engineering polymer from Ticona. —[email protected]