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Honeycomb core

A design from nature inspires our honeycomb core products. The geometry of the honeycomb core allows for the lightest weight and highest strength.  So simple, yet so elegant and efficient.

TenCate Advanced Composites offers the largest independent honeycomb core processing operations in Europe, featuring cut-to-size and kitted aluminium, Nomex®, and Kevlar® honeycomb core.

Our aerospace-grade aluminium honeycomb core is designed for use in sandwich structures to produce highly engineered structural components. In particular, the material offers the designer high strength-to-weight properties at relatively low cost. This makes it particularly suitable as a shear-carrying structure in adhesively bonded sandwich panel assemblies.

TenCate Advanced Composites’ Nomex® aerospace (ANA) grade honeycomb core is manufactured from Nomex® paper sheets, coated and bonded together with a phenolic resin. It also features high strength-to-weight ratios. This makes it particularly suitable as a core material for the production of sandwich structures requiring good FST performance using high-performance, fibre-reinforced composites as the facing material.

TenCate also has formable Flex-Core® honeycomb core with unique cell configurations, permitting small radii of curvature without deformation of the cell walls or loss of mechanical properties. Prime application candidates for Flex-Core® include highly contoured sandwich panels, such as leading edges and flaps, nacelles, fairings, doors and access covers, and other parabolic, spherical and cylindrical shapes. Duplicate die model and control tooling for aerospace use are also examples of Flex-Core® applications. As with standard aluminium honeycomb, Flex-Core® provides controlled crush characteristics without rebound. Thus, curved energy absorption units become feasible and economical.

Honeycomb core is shipped directly from our Langley Mill, UK facilities. You can request a quote by sending an email to tcacsales@tencate.com.

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Aerospace and Industrial Honeycomb Core Offerings and Services

We hold extensive stock to keep your lead times short. TenCate Advanced Composites’ honeycomb core is cut to thickness and available with fast turnaround times. 
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  • Aerospace and commercial grade aluminium
  • Aerospace and commercial grade Nomex® core
  • Core-cutting services
  • Short lead time, fast turnaround on custom and small orders
  • Aluminium Flex-Core®

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    Product Name Resin Type Tg Cure Temp Description SDS
    Honeycomb core 
    Aluminium Honeycomb - Aerospace Grade n/a - Honeycomb Cutting Services n/a n/a High strength-to-weight properties at relatively low cost

    Structural aerospace grade aluminium honeycomb available in 5052 and 5056 alloy

    Cut to thickness specification with fast turnaround times
    Request_TCAC_MSDS
    Aluminium Honeycomb - Commercial Grade n/a n/a n/a Commercial grade aluminium honeycomb core

    Corrosion resistant 3003 alloy aluminium

    Cut to thickness specification with fast turnaround times
    Request_TCAC_MSDS
    Nomex Honeycomb - Aerospace Grade n/a n/a n/a Nomex® paper sheets and are coated and bonded together with a high modulus phenolic resin

    Cut to thickness specification with fast turnaround times

    Fire resistant and self extinguishing

    Good dielectric properties

    High temperature strength up to 180°C/ 356°F
    Request_TCAC_MSDS
    Nomex Honeycomb - Commercial Grade n/a n/a n/a Fire resistant and self extinguishing

    Good thermal and electrical insulative

    High strength to weight ratio and easily formable to shape
    Request_TCAC_MSDS
    Flex-Core n/a n/a n/a Made from either 5052 or 5056 aluminium alloy foil and is available in two cell sizes

    Unique cell configurations that permit small radii of curvature without deformation of the cell walls or loss of mechanical properties

    For leading edges, flaps, nacelles, fairings, doors and access covers, and other parabolic, spherical and cylindrical shapes
    Request_TCAC_MSDS

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