• Copyright Cyril Abad / CAPA Pictures / Safran Date 10/17/2016
    3D loom : carbon fiber
  • Copyright Adrien Daste / Safran Date 12/08/2016
    Carbon fiber weaving loom in 3D
    The 3D-woven composite technology designed and developed by Safran enables us to make stronger and lighter parts. This is a major innovation, and plays a key role in improving the performance of the new LEAP commercial airplane engine, which consumes 15% less fuel than its predecessor.
  • Copyright Adrien Daste / Safran Date 12/08/2016
    Adding coils of carbon fibers to the loom
    The 3D-woven composite technology designed and developed by Safran enables us to make stronger and lighter parts. This is a major innovation, and plays a key role in improving the performance of the new LEAP commercial airplane engine, which consumes 15% less fuel than its predecessor.
  • Copyright Adrien Daste / Safran Date 12/08/2016
    Adding coils of carbon fibers to the loom
    The 3D-woven composite technology designed and developed by Safran enables us to make stronger and lighter parts. This is a major innovation, and plays a key role in improving the performance of the new LEAP commercial airplane engine, which consumes 15% less fuel than its predecessor.
  • Copyright Scott Gable / CAPA Pictures / Safran Date 03/06/2014
    Close up composite material.
    Production of a woven composite fan blade in 3D
  • Copyright Philippe Stroppa / Safran Date 04/11/2014
    Loom
    The 70 technicians, doctoral students and engineers comprising the Safran Composites team moved into the new building in Itteville, east of Paris at the Le Bouchet site, on March 17, 2014. This brand-new research center spans some 10,000 square meters (108,000 sq ft) and will help Safran maintain its innovation leadership in composites, which are being used more widely than ever today, especially in the aviation industry.
  • Copyright Philippe Stroppa / Safran Date 11/07/2014
    Quality control of LEAP fan blade - Commercy
  • Copyright Scott Gable / CAPA Pictures / Safran Date 03/06/2014
    Demoulding of the blade composite after resin injection
    In the 3D woven process, fibers are woven in the ply stacking axis, to reinforce the structure in all directions. This gives us a carbon fiber preform, woven in three dimensions. The preform is then placed in a metallic mold and injected with a resin, a process called resin transfer molding, or RTM. Composite parts made this way are already in their final shape, and combine high strength with light weight.
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