Spirit develops unique intellectual property and technologies to improve our OEM customers’ products. Our research and development is geared toward the architectural design of our principal products: fuselage systems, propulsion systems and wing systems. We are currently focused on research in advanced metallic joining, low-cost composites, acoustic attenuation, efficient structures, systems integration, advanced design and analysis methods, and new material systems. Below are a few of the proprietary processes and technologies we have developed and are integrating into our products.
Spirit’s Inflexion® technology eliminates the need for fasteners. Typically, composite structures are formed using rigid tools that must be removed from inside the product. This limits the complexity and size of the structures others can produce. But with Spirit’s Inflexion technology, tooling can transform between rigid and flexible states during the manufacturing process. So we are able to build large, complex composite aerostructures in one continuous piece. This results in products that are lighter, more affordable and more efficient.
Spirit’s Intelligent Resin Infusion System (IRIS™) revolutionizes composite wing structures. IRIS is a proprietary processing system for the manufacture of complex integrated composite aerostructures. The process allows for self-heated tooling for greater process control, reduced cycle time and lower energy consumption. IRIS has the potential to reduce manufacturing costs by as much as 20 percent — a savings we can pass on to OEMs.