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February 2014

Thermoplastic Composites are Lightening Aircraft

Gulfstream G650 business jet with welded thermoplastic composite rudder and elevator tail section based on a Fortron® polyphenylene sulfide (PPS) matrix.

Modern aircraft incorporate many successful composite applications based on a polyphenylene sulfide (PPS) matrix. Even if these applications could be made in metal, the cost and weight disadvantage would be prohibitive. Examples of successful applications include the first welded thermoplastic composite rudder and elevator on the Gulfstream G650 tail section, undercarriage door of the Fokker 50, fixed wing leading edges on the Airbus A340 and A380, and various ribs and stiffeners. This high-performance PPS matrix is also used in interior applications, including a lumbar support made from a carbon-fiber reinforced composite that is integrated into the seat back.

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Pressure Forming: A Game Changer for Designers

When manufacturers, designers and the rest of the supply chain work together, innovation happens. We see this across industries, from aviation interiors to consumer goods to retail environments. In recent years we have seen significant advancements in pressure forming technology.

Find out how pressure forming is giving aircraft interior designers more options.


Technical Advisory: Polyetheretherketone (PEEK)

PEEK is a high-temperature-resistant thermoplastic suitable for wire coating, injection molding, film and advanced structural composites. The material has good engineering properties, that is, tough, strong, rigid and creep resistant. The material also resists a wide range of solvents and exposure to radiation.

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Take Off with Plastics in Aerospace

Plastics are used in numerous aerospace applications to improve safety, reduce costs, save fuel and improve passenger comfort. In fact, thanks to plastics, the A380 burns fuel per passenger at a rate comparable to that of an economical family car.

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