Dowty Propellers Plc is maintaining its competitive advantage thanks to a Knowledge Transfer Partnership with the University of Plymouth, which is helping the company to expand its manufacturing processes and implement best practice in composites manufacturing.
Part of Smiths Aerospace, Dowty Propellers manufactures aircraft propellers in thermoset fibre/polymer advanced composite by Resin Transfer Moulding (RTM). The KTP Associate has joined a multifunctional team at the company, tasked with the development of a lowcost, high-performance propeller blade for the general aviation market.
Supported by experts from the University's Advanced Composites Manufacturing Centre (ACMC), this partnership has helped the company to reduce production costs and broaden its current use of RTM manufacture of components through the introduction of new RTM manufacturing techniques.
Benefits to Dowty will include:
- Enhanced offering in composites manufacturing techniques
- A competitive edge, able to react swiftly to market requirements and customer enquiries
- Increased range of composite components