New Large Scale Resin Infuser Capable of Injecting Structures at the NCC

February 25 2019

The National Composites Centre (NCC) and Composite Integration Ltd. celebrated the successful completion of a year-long project to design and deliver a state-of-the-art, first of its kind, Large Scale Resin Infusion (LSRI) technology. This innovative system has been designed to meet the R&D demands of both aerospace and wind industry manufacturing where components can range from 17m up to 120m in length.

Liquid Composite Molding (LCM) is one of the core competencies of the NCC and High-Value manufacturing in the UK. It is used to produce high integrity composite parts, without the need for an autoclave (an industrial pressure cooker).

The NCC identified the need to procure a Large Scale Resin Infusion (LSRI) capability as part of its iCAP Programme, a GBP 36.7 million investment in ten digital manufacturing technologies being installed at the NCC to directly stimulate and support composites innovation, manufacturing and research development programs across a range of sectors.

The acquisition of the LSRI equipment from South West -based SME, Composite Integration Ltd, who are experts in this field, will enable the NCC to widen the applicability of LCM processes to a wider range of components.

The first application of this exciting technology will be to enable infusion of complete wing components as part of next generation wing technology developments.

The new capability, now available to companies across the UK, offers a robust means of LSRI and is capable of injecting high resin volumes into a variety of preforms - primarily, but not limited to, using a vacuum bagged set up.

This modular machine has additional flexibility to process both single and two-part resin systems and will be teamed with a 20m oven to enable cure of those resins. Together they will create a step change in the production of high quality, high fiber volume fraction composite parts.
The wealth of data collected by the machine is a key component in the NCC driving forwards innovation in technology and techniques to deliver ‘Industry 4.0’ for composites.

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