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A350 XWB wing lower and upper covers built with Hexcel prepreg

Hexcel’s HexPly® M21E/IMA carbon fibre prepreg is used to build all of the A350 XWB primary structures, including these wing covers, for which Hexcel has supplied prepreg in optimised forms for automated tape lay-up (ATL) and automated fibre placement (AFP).

Last month the first flyable upper and lower wing covers for the A350 XWB were transported from Airbus sites in Stade, Germany, and Illescas, Spain, to Broughton, UK, where the aircraft wings will be assembled.

The A350 XWB lower wing covers are said to be the biggest single civil aviation parts ever made from carbon fibre composite, measuring 32 m long by 6 m wide.

 

 

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