HexPly® M20 Prepeg: A Material Solution for Composite Repair
As composites content on aircraft that have entered service continues to grow around the world, airlines have an increasing demand for composite repair operations which are reliable, quick and efficient. The Commercial Aircraft Composite Repair Committee (CACRC) sets global aerospace standards for composite repair and has selected HexPly® M20 prepregs and HexForce® reinforcement fabrics as approved repair material for the aerospace industry in an attempt to harmonise material and processes within the industry. Hexcel materials are qualified for composite repairs on all major airliners and defence aircraft via the AMS (Aerospace Material Specification) specifications as well as the individual OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) specifications. Getting aircraft operational again after impact or damage requires readily available materials in small quantities. To ensure the rapid supply of materials, Hexcel is working with official Aerospace distributors who look to maintain readily available stocks of approved products. Hexcel actively participates at the CACRC meetings as a responsible material supplier to help define appropriate materials for repair and secure supply routes to meet aerospace industry requirements.
Author: Steven Jenkins
Conference: SAMPE Europe Conference 2016