Russian Helicopters joins international “Carbon Valley” project
Russian Helicopters has joined the international “Carbon Valley” project, which aims to develop next-generation composite materials for the aviation sector.
Based in the German town of Stade, CFK-Valley brings together more than 100 hi-tech producers and research centres, including major international aviation, automobile manufacturers and specialist innovative materials companies such as EADS, Rolls-Royce, ThyssenKrupp, Volkswagen and GE.
In spring 2012, a Russian Helicopters delegation led by CEO Dmitry Petrov visited Germany to discuss applications of composite materials with colleagues from around the world.
From April to August, 32 members of staff from Russian Helicopters’ engineering bureaus and production facilities travelled to CFK-Valley Stade for in-depth training on designing components made of composite materials and hybrid airframe parts, and for study programmes examining the structure, attributes and operational features of these materials.
In parallel, a number of projects were launched on using technologies based on innovative composite materials in Russian helicopter manufacturing.