The Innovation award was presented under the Aeronautics category of JEC Americas awards ceremony for the Carbon / PPS (C/PPS) leading edge access door panel, made utilizing recycled thermoplastic composites. The technological demonstrator showed the viability of integrating recycled thermoplastic composites into an existing manufacturing process. The design of the molding compound, suitable product and the manufacturing process is the result of a collaborative effort in a PhD work with TPRC, GKN Fokker and Toray (TenCate) advanced composites. The access door panel is made using Toray Cetex® TC1100 (C/PPS) woven thermoplastic composite material, reclaimed during the production of the main rudder that is then chopped and compression molded, then incorporated into the overall rudder structure, thus forming a closed-loop recycling process. This novel use of reclaimed materials further strengthens the optimization of secondary processes for thermoplastic composites that also include welding, overmoulding and spin-welding inserts.
4 May 2016
Degree of recognition
5th JEC Americas Composites Show & Conferences 2016