Hexcel Webinars

Recorded Past Webinars

Designing a Reinforcement Fabric

Event Date: Thursday, October 15, 2020
Event Time: 9:00 AM MDT
Event Duration: 60 minutes

This webinar will explain how a carbon reinforcement is engineered as well as discuss Hexcel’s advances in technology. 

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Carbon Fiber 101

Event Date: Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Event Time: 9:00 AM MDT
Event Duration: 60 minutes

This webinar provides an overview of carbon fibers with a specific focus on the broad product line and technologies supplied by Hexcel. It covers a  brief history of the carbon fiber industry and some basic terms related to carbon fiber technology. We will review the PAN and carbon fiber manufacturing process and present the range of carbon fiber products available in the marketplace and more specifically, from Hexcel. This webinar will cover the characteristics and attributes of carbon fibers and carbon fiber composites to show why they are widely used in such a broad range of applications as well as the technology trends and the future outlook for carbon fiber market development.   

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Additive Manufacturing - From Prototyping to Flight-Ready Parts

Event Date: Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Event Time: 10:00 AM MDT
Event Duration: 60 minutes

This webinar is a discussion of the challenges of transitioning additive manufacturing (3D printing) from a prototyping technology to a flight-worthy, production-ready technology. The demanding quality and material performance requirements of aerospace set a high bar for qualifying additively manufactured components. For additive parts to fly they also need to compete on the same merits as traditional manufacturing methods: cost, weight, and lead time. Hexcel’s HexPEKK® materials, which are a high-performance polymer/carbon blend processed with selective laser sintering, meet that high bar. This talk introduces the HexPEKK® material and how Hexcel’s integrated manufacturing lends itself to use on defense, space, and commercial aviation applications. 

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Innovative Solutions for Welding of Thermoplastic Composites

Event Date: Thursday, August, 20 2020
Event Time: 9:00 AM MDT
Event Duration: 60 minutes

Hexcel has partnered with Arkema on the production of carbon fiber thermoplastic composites using Arkema’s PEKK material. ISW is a new technology developed by Institut de Soudure (the French welding institute) and Arkema for welding thermoplastic composites targeting applications in many markets including aeronautics. Hexcel, Arkema, and ISW are working together further develop and apply this technology. This technology received a JEC 2020 Innovation award. 

The use of thermoplastic polymers as matrices for Continuous Fiber Reinforced Composites opens the way to welding for the direct assembly of composite parts, leading to weight savings and more efficient manufacturing processes vs gluing or mechanical fastening solutions. The final properties of the welded part need to be as similar as possible to those of its composite constituents, moreover, for the welding of large parts, the process should be dynamic (continuous) to avoid complex and costly tooling requirements.

In demanding applications, such as primary aeronautic structures, the weld zones should be absolutely defect-free and homogeneous in behavior, the welding process also needs to be tolerant to local complexities in a part design such as curvatures, thickness variations, etc.

The webinar will include a description of the principles of the ISW technology and of the advantages, it brings in comparison with previous welding solutions. The current status of development of the technology as it applies to the assembly of structural composite parts representative of PEKK/Carbon aeronautic components, as well as the roadmap for its future industrial development, will be presented.

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Foundational Principles of Prepregs

Event Date: Wednesday, July 22, 2020
Event Time: 9:00 AM MDT
Event Duration: 60 minutes

This webinar is a great foundational overview on prepregs including the different resin compositions they are made from, how they are manufactured and tested, along with the different processes end users can utilize in creating finished parts using them and how to choose the right prepreg for different applications. 

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Composite Materials for the UAV/AAM Industries

Event Date: Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Event Time: 11:00 AM MDT
Event Duration: 60 minutes

The Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) market is growing rapidly for both defense and commercial applications ranging from small drones to large cargo vehicles  The Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) market is emerging quickly as the next generation of efficiently transporting people and cargo in urban environments and underserved regions. Both markets require advanced composite materials for lightweight and efficient operations. At the same time, both industries have requirements that are different from traditional aviation including production volume and scalability, low acoustic signatures, and constantly evolving sensor and cargo packages. This webinar will cover the structural material challenges, opportunities, and solutions for the UAV and AAM industries. 

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Using Simulation for Composite Materials Parts Design

Event Date: Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Event Time: 11:00 AM MDT
Event Duration: 60 minutes

Complex multiphysics is involved in the formulation, processing, and use of Hexcel advanced materials. Modeling and materials science digitization can be powerful tools to accelerate development and reduce risk. Join us for this webinar as we highlight how modeling & materials science is helping in Hexcel’s product development. This webinar provides an overview of the integrated approach developed by Hexcel while demonstrating a few multiphysics applications. The presented cases will cover the close relationship between materials characterization and model development for processing and structural applications. Emphasis on verification and validation using Hexcel’s portfolio of continuous and discontinuous fiber systems provides value in the predictability of our material systems for various cases.

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