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Aero Research

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November 1957. Araldite.
November 1957. Aerolite and Aerodux.
June 1958. Aerolite.

of Duxford, Cambs.

1934 Dr N. A. de Bruyne set up a private, independent company to investigate the use of synthetic resin materials in aircraft construction, supported by the Aeronautical Research Committee and the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research[1]

1937 Aeronautical development and research work. Aerolite Plastics.[2]

Initial applications were sought in propeller blades, and later in wing spars using various reinforcing fibres including cellulose and linen[3]. Their range of epoxy resin adhesives increasingly became used in aircraft construction in place of riveted assemblies

1938 Invented and patented honeycomb construction[4]

1939 See Aircraft Industry Suppliers

De Havilland used the adhesives in its Mosquito and Sea Hornet aircraft. Also used by Airspeed in construction of its Horsa gliders.

1942 Introduced Redux for bonding aircraft structures[5]; these were later used in the Comet

1948 Major interest in the company acquired by Ciba

1957 Redux Adhesives. Araldite epoxy resins.

By 1957 50 types of aircraft, from guided missiles to large, turbo-jet airliners, used Redux bonding.

1960 Ciba acquired the rest of the company - Ciba (A.R.L)[6]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Oct 05, 1936
  2. 1937 The Aeroplane Directory of the Aviation and Allied Industries
  3. The Times, Jan 07, 1939
  4. The Times, Feb 14, 1955
  5. The Times , Oct 17, 1957
  6. The Times, Sep 04, 1957