03 December 2013
03 December 2013
New Airbus A400M military transport aircraft features composite fuselage ice protection plates made with glass fabric-based Fortron polyphenylene sulfide (PPS) from Celanese.
Fortron PPS is incorporated into a glass fabric by TenCate Advanced Composites. Fokker Aerostructures in Hoogeveen, Germany, processes the material into finished panels, which protect sides of the fuselage alongside the propeller tips from damage caused by chunks of ice flung from the propellers.
The glass-fibre-reinforced Fortron PPS material was selected because it provides excellent impact resistance, and is used on the fixed wing leading edges of the Airbus A380.
Australian organisations Austrak, Laing O’Rourke and the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) have joined forces to develop polymer composite solutions for bridge transoms in a $10 million project titled Polymer Composite Transoms for Rail Bridge Deck Replacement (CompTrans).
The American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) led a Transportation and Defence Fly-In, 25-26 September 2018, during which ACMA members and staff met with more than 75 congressional offices and several key decision makers from federal agencies.
As the rail sector looks to new technologies to enable it to answer sustainability, performance and cost challenges, applications for pultruded composites are set to grow, according to a new report from the European Pultrusion Technology Association (EPTA). Lightweight, high performance, durable composites offer energy efficient solutions with lower environmental impact and reduced through-life costs in rolling stock and rail infrastructure.