2020 follows on from 2019 in that innovation is still seen as the key to drive fuel burn efficiencies while bringing disruptive concepts to fruition in the name of “enhanced user experience”.
There is still an industry conundrum – how to save on cost and drive revenue while delivering the crown jewel of leading-edge customer experience. This calls for designers and carriers to “challenge obsolete thinking” and move toward “disruptive innovation”, all of which, as an innovative engineering company, we relish – but we ask the question;
Are you up to speed with how composites make all of this possible?
As enablers of the aerospace supply chain with composite materials, we constantly face concerns and pre-conceptions around this set of materials and technology. However, we have proven most of these to be misguided – so here is a quick review of why you should reconsider composites in your innovation research at the expo.
Today’s composites are proven to:
- Save space and weight
- Comply with safety and testing regulations
- Maintain profitability
We know this as we have proven the case in our extensive application of composites within the transportation industry, most recently in aerospace seatbacks, footrests
How composites help to save space and weight:
Composites can be tapered and made into organic innovative shapes that might not be available using consistent metallic profiles. Making thinner seatbacks and sculpted shapes unlocks space for the passenger behind.
Modern composites are compliant, tested and proven:
The word composite is often misunderstood, it means made of more than 1 material. In this case,
Composite materials start as
The most common misconception with composites is that they are
With our extensive development work,
Seat backs used to have a metal inner frame – a skeleton –
Phenolic resin has traditionally been the go-to resin systems because of its amazing flame and smoke performance, but it was hazardous and unpleasant to work with and had under-lying health risks.
Having our seatbacks pass Airbus line-fit approval, categorically put these fears to rest. Our innovative all-composite carbon phenolic materials have produced a seat back that is:
- 16g HIC tested
- FST compliant
- Snap Cure Phenolics (0% Formaldehyde rated) – both cloth and SMC.
- FST compliant thermoplastic systems that can be glued and painted without fear.
- New emerging FST Epoxies
- New “Green” Resins such as ecologically sustainable Bio-Resin (PFA).
It is important to consider what regulations affect your industry as to which angle you need to prove to be ecological – is it in the sourcing of materials or in the after-life of the product?
Today’s manufacturers have the choice to use
We have woven cloths and also “chipped” thermoplastics that pass aero-interior testing. These materials have proven that they can be processed in less than half the time again than our seat backs – our Sub 3 minute processing is already proven.
How composites can be
Historically, composites have been seen as materials to solve very niche problems, replicable only by highly skilled artisans. This reputation of it being a “dark art” is really no longer applicable.
Our approach to the manufacturing of components with our rapid processing and pressing methods enables volume production without the requirement of teams of skilled
In addition, as other parts within a structure such as metal, cushioning or additional rivets become redundant, the total cost of production lowers. With this approach, it is absolutely possible to produce an
So – with these myths now busted, composites have a very plausible space amongst the solutions you should be investigating during your interiors expo.
If you are considering;
- What composite materials are available for supply
- How to apply composites in your innovation
- How to access composite engineering know-how
Give us a call and we can discuss:
- Our proven products
- Brainstorm composite applications with our onsite experts
We are passionate about making true innovation tangible – supporting the whole aerospace interiors supply chain with composite materials, transferable engineering know-how or volume production manufacturing capabilities