Key Features

  • Continuous Welds
  • Full Penetration Welds
  • No Corner Welding

Drivers toward new tubular designs

  • Optimize tool designs to reduce tool weight, production time and overall tooling cost.
  • Use of standard truss designs (simplifies design and structural analysis)
  • Improve ease of fabrication with less scrap loss
  • Improved air flow during autoclave thermal cycles
  • Opportunity for hybrid substructure, combining the best of both: Invar plate for face sheet stability and Invar tubing for rigid structures
  • Current availability and quality of tubing