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New Airbus A400M Features Composite Ice Protection Plates Made with Glass Fabric-Based Fortron PPS

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.





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