LIGHTWEIGHT MATERIALS

The building blocks of lightweight structures are continually evolving as our industry innovates.

COMPOSITES

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.

CORE MATERIAL

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

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LIGHTWEIGHT METALS

ALUMINIUM

Aluminium sheets are often used to build high-strength lightweight panels with aluminium honeycomb core. Aluminium’s high strength-to-weight ratio, corrosion resistance, thermal conductivity, and recyclability make it well-suited for applications in transportation industries.

Aluminium

HIGH STRENGTH STEEL

High-strength steels were developed primarily for the automotive market and are typically as strong as carbon steel but 20 to 30% lighter, with densities of around 7800 kg/m³. They are more resistant to rust than carbon steels and are sometimes a useful material to include in lightweight structures.

High Strength Steel

ADHESIVES

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.

Sandwich Panels

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.

Panel Prices 2015

Cellite 220 and 620 Sandwich Panels Datasheet

Aerospace Cellite 840 Panels Datasheet

If you would like a different size or set of materials, please contact us or read more in our panel FAQ's.