The TenCate CCS Composites group specializes in the design, tooling and fabrication of complex compression-moulded parts using chopped thermoset and thermoplastic-based materials.
You will find these CCS compression-moulded parts in a large range of applications and industries including launch vehicles, satellites, military and commercial aircraft, thermal management and high performance industrial applications. In addition, CCS moulds syntactic materials for small radome structures, low-dielectric fillers and other specialty applications in the missile and military aircraft industry. TenCate can design the part, fabricate the tooling and move into full production to support your needs.
Compression moulding offers significant benefits for users. It saves on cost and weight by allowing complex composite parts to be fabricated in high volumes with short cycle times. Because compression-moulded parts use chopped fibre bulk moulding compounds (BMC) instead of metal parts they replace, they're lighter in weight and stronger. For example, on the Bell/Boeing V-22, compression moulded parts replaced honeycomb-stiffened composite parts, providing cost and productivity savings.
Additionally, it's easy to incorporate special features, like lightning strike foils and integrated fasteners, which can be designed into the part's manufacturing process.
Compression moulding offers a common alternative to machining and composite hand lay-up for complex geometry components. This solution offers high-volume production at a lower cost and lighter weight. Users may select BMC made with carbon or glass chopped fibre combined with either a toughened epoxy or a thermoplastic resin.
CCS supplies compression moulded parts for nearly every major military aircraft program in the United States and for many commercial programs as well. The parts we provide range from very small clips and brackets to secondary structural parts two meters in length. Many users also ask CCS to combine lightning strike foils and integrated fasteners into the part, along with added ribs and stiffeners in high-load zones.
Read TenCate's technical papers describing our compression moulded parts in the aerospace industry, accessible in our Resources section, Technical Papers.