Lightweight components help reduce the consumption of fossil fuels and extend the range of aircraft. They also have positive effects in terms of costs and the environment. This is why SAERTEX products and SAERTEX know-how can be found in almost all sectors of the manned and unmanned aerospace industry: From aeroplanes and helicopters right through to components for the spacecraft market.
Components manufactured of carbon fibers offer the greatest weight saving potential. SAERTEX has been producing non- crimp fabrics (NCF) from carbon since as far back as 1990. In 1997 SAERTEX received its first certification for the aerospace industry. Since then we have been a global supplier to the industry and its manufacturers. Primary and secondary structural components such as stringers, ribs, fairing parts and pressure bulkheads are manufactured from SAERTEX carbon non-crimp fabrics, as are complete wing structures. In a further development, the SAERTEX factory in Stade was opened in 2002 to supply preforms and components for Airbus – among others the pressure bulkhead for the A380. A key requirement for this is the EN9100 certification which we have maintained since 2003.
Our non-crimp fabric reinforcements are always individually developed in cooperation with our customers to deliver top-performance. SAERTEX materials ensure cost efficiency in the manufacturing process. Our special aerospace team provides a high level of consulting expertise in terms of materials and applications. At our factory in Stade we produce preforms. And when required we undertake the manufacture of complete components in our 8,500m2, fully air-conditioned production facility, e.g. as an approved QSF-B supplier to Airbus.
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SAERTEX fabrics, also known as NCFs (non-crimp fabrics), are characterised by stretched fibres within the individual layers. In comparison with crimped fibres, as found in woven textiles for instance, straight lay-up (non-crimp) fibres have the greatest possible load-bearing capacity.
Once every year, international teams of students compete to become world champion in the development and realization of so-called “headwind vehicles”. At the 2016 Aeolus Race, held in the coastal Dutch town of Den Helder, the Canadian “Chinook ETS” team from the École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS) (Montreal University of Technology), supported by SAERTEX USA, was one of the participants.