Airliner Fuselage Structure

A major aircraft manufacturer was exploring alternative means and materials for producing fuselage frames. Gallagher was engaged to design and build a large, highly-flexible braiding system capable of producing carbon fiber preforms for a variety of structural parts.

This braiding system can handle a mandrel up to 1,000 pounds in weight. The steel towers on either side of the 144-carrier braider move vertically and horizontally up to 20 feet from the center point of the machine.