Spirit AeroSystems develops composite technologies for high rate wing structures

Spirit AeroSystems has matured a low-cost, high-rate composite manufacturing process for primary wing box parts distribution, the company said during the Farnborough International Airshow.

The work is being done by its facilities in Prestwick, Scotland.

The “out of autoclave” fabrication process will produce high tolerance composite integrated parts such as primary wing skins and spars with less energy, lower capital investment and lower part production costs, the company said.

Marcello Grassi, Spirit Europe’s head of technology, called it a “crucial milestone” in its quest to deliver to its customers a composite production system that’s capable of coping with high production rates with more balanced and sustainable technology.