Sonaca (BE) and BRM (USA) win JEC 2016 world innovation award in Space category

Sonaca sa winner of 2016 JEC innovation award in Space category - photo http://www.sonaca.com/content/belgium/news

AFTER 4 YEARS OF INTENSIVE COLLABORATION IN DEVELOPING AN INNOVATIVE CRYOGENIC UPPER INTERSTAGE COMPOSITE RING DEMONSTRATOR FOR NEW SPACE LAUNCHERS, SONACA (BELGIUM) AND BRM (USA) WIN THE JEC 2016 WORLD INNOVATION AWARD IN THE SPACE CATEGORY. 

The development optimized the cross section of a circular 4.3 meter diameter ring. This resulted in an important weight saving at an affordable price. 

The innovation consisted of making the best choice of composite materials and manufacturing processes (Weaving, Injection), validated by suitable simulations and tests, while ensuring the challenging industrial requirements were met (Net shape part, logistics, final assembly). The most advanced 3D orthogonal weaving process was used to produce a demonstrator ring with 90° segments based of carbon fiber dry preforms. Each segment was injected using Resin Transfer Molding process (RTM). The four segments were then assembled together by splicing. 

SONACA and BRM signed a partnership agreement to consolidate the progress already achieved in the field of advanced structural composite parts, in order to offer high quality and competitive advanced composite structures to their customers. 

Source: Sonaca website news

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