The building blocks of lightweight structures are continually evolving as our industry innovates.
We build high-performance tools, patterns and components using prepreg and infusion technologies. We work with carbon, glass, and aramid fabrics in woven and unidirectional formats and experiment with bio-based materials.
Most of the core in use at TRB is made from honeycomb. We specify aluminium for the majority of our projects, and we process Nomex, plastic honeycomb and other core materials when required.
LIGHT AS A FEATHER, STRONG AS STEEL
* Images courtesy of Ten Cate Advanced Composites
Adhesives are an integral component of composite structures. When specified and applied correctly, they can provide fatigue strength, shock absorption, protection against galvanic corrosion, sealing against fluid transfer, and improved damping characteristics of a mechanical system. Adhesives enable us to bond heat-sensitive materials, dissimilar materials, and materials which would otherwise distort or weaken with the heat of welding.
Importance of Adhesives
Adhesives are critical in composite structures where mechanical fasteners such as rivets add unwanted weight or an unwanted surface profile and where welding is typically not possible. Correct application of an adhesive depends on proper surface preparation, understanding cure times, using the right heat and pressure, and establishing rigid process control. Decades of experience at TRB helps us achieve consistent results.
Many applications require a sandwich structure which is often the best way to take advantage of the physical properties of the component materials. We build sandwich panels out of all of the above materials. For those building their own structures, we offer standard or custom panels in a variety of configurations and thickness.