Spirit AeroSystems has been granted a patent for a tooling assembly and pressure vessel designed for forming composite components like aircraft stringers. The pressure vessel includes an entrance and exit opening, an interior chamber with spheres pressing against plies to create composite parts efficiently. GlobalData’s report on Spirit AeroSystems gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Pressure vessel for forming composite parts using spheres

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Spirit AeroSystems Holdings Inc

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11865803B2) discloses a pressure vessel designed for forming composite parts. The vessel includes an entrance opening for receiving a forming tool supporting multiple plies, an exit opening for the tool to exit, an interior chamber with spheres pressing against the plies as the tool moves through.

Moreover, the patent details a tooling assembly featuring an elongated conveying apparatus, a forming tool supporting plies, and a pressure vessel with spheres pressing against the plies. The vessel includes a diaphragm to control pressure, manifolds for air circulation, and options for adding pre-impregnated fibers and membranes to the forming process, enhancing the efficiency and quality of composite part production.

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