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TRENDS JULY 2018 24 CompositesWorld The broader aerospace world might be patiently waiting for The Boeing Co. (Chicago, IL, US) to officially announce plans to develop its New Middle-Market Airplane (NMA or 797), tabbed as a replacement for the 757, but suppliers in the composites industry aren't sitting on their hands. The SAMPE 2018 conference and trade show, held May 21-24 (Long Beach, CA, US), revealed that the aerocomposites supply chain has been busy developing new products for next-generation aircraft. Particularly the 797. CompositesWorld found the following few of the many innovations introduced or in the works: • Solvay Composite Materials (Alpharetta, GA, US) announced FusePly, an epoxy-based film that is designed to co-cure with a prepreg and provide a chemically active surface that reacts with functional groups in adhesives to create a covalently bonded structure. Solvay officials at SAMPE noted that FusePly's chemically active surface differentiates it from tradi- tional composite surface preparations, like peel ply and plasma treatment, which provide mechanical bonding only. FusePly, which Solvay believes will allow aero- space OEMs and fabricators to create reliable bonds and reduce mechanical fastener use, is compatible with SAMPE 2018 exhibitors' showings target next-generation aircraft AEROSPACE 149-177°C amine-cured epoxy prepregs and is designed specifically for secondary or co-bond applications such as stringer-to-skin bonding. It can be processed in or out of the autoclave, is not affected by moisture or out time, and is said to have no mixed-mode failure. Solvay Source | CW / Photo | Jeff Sloan H i g h T e m p e r a t u r e B o n d T o o l s • BMI • Epoxy M i l l F i x t u r e s P r e s s u r e I n t e n s i f i e r s / C a u l s B a c k u p S t r u c t u r e M a t e r i a l s • Panels, Tubes, Angles B a c k u p S t r u c t u r e K i t s C O M P O S I T E T O O L I N G 6262 W. 34th Street South ● Wichita, KS 67215 Phone: 316-946-5900 ● Email: Take the lead When it comes to developing and producing innovative textile products for industry, you'll take the lead with highly developed Stäubli solutions for technical fabrics.

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