JEC Composites Innovation Awards 2021 Winner - Toray Carbon Magic

Oku AKIYOSHI talks about the development of an ultra-lightweight CFRP solar plane

Toray was awarded in 2021, in the category Aerospace,  for developping an ultra-lightweight and high-strength composite structure for high-altitude, long- endurance flight. The thin-walled composite integral structure was realized by CFD and FEA.
 Lightweight was achieved by making maximum use of composites, from major parts such as tail wings, nacelles and landing gears, to small parts such as brackets for on-board equipment. As a result, the total weight of the composite structure is only 35 kg as designed. The solar plane succeeded in obtaining various data and confirmed the possibility of  establishinga communication environmentfor communication satellites and high-altitude aircraft.

Partner(s) : SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation (Japan), Tokai University (Japan)

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