Developing 3D woven textile composites in the UK aerospace industry


The Breakthrough Aerospace Materials (BAM) project commenced in March 2016 with funding from Innovate UK.

This three-year Aerospace Technology Institute project looks to advance the manufacturing techniques and simulation of three-dimensional (3D) textiles in the UK and to make them commercially available to the aerospace industry.

Currently, the use of 3D textile composites is held back by a lack of analysis techniques that are able to accurately predict weave architectures and the resulting processing and structural performance.

Led by Sigmatex, BAM joins UK-based aerospace companies BAE Systems and Rolls-Royce along with ESI, MSC Software, Antich & Sons, M Wright & Sons, Teledyne CML Composites and three UK universities involved in 3D woven technology – Nottingham, Manchester and Bristol.

The expected benefits of the project will include structural lightweighting, reduced manufacturing and inherent assembly costs.

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