15 April 2014
15 April 2014
Three of Solvay Specialty Polymers’ KetaSpire polyetheretherketone (PEEK) grades have earned qualification at Airbus further broadening its ability to serve the aircraft industry.
According to Solvay, these three materials are the first KetaSpire PEEK grades to be qualified at Airbus, opening up a broad range of new commercial opportunities for Solvay in highly demanding commercial aerospace applications. Solvay made the announcement at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, Germany.
“As the aerospace industry continues to make increasing use of high-performance thermoplastics, we’re excited about earning qualification at Airbus and delivering the lightweight material options that optimise design, improve performance, and reduce cost,” said Art Tigera, Product and Business Development Manager for Spire Ultra Polymers at Solvay Specialty Polymers. “As an industry-leading supplier of ultra-high performance polymers, we look forward to working with Airbus and their supply chain to collaboratively develop new solutions for the most demanding of applications.”
The three materials meeting the Airbus Internal Method Specification are KetaSpire, KT-820 NT neat resin, KetaSpire KT-880 GF30 BG 20 (30% glass fibre filled), and KetaSpire KT-880 CF30 (30% carbon fibre filled). Solvay’s Radel R-7000 polyphenylsulfone (PPSU) series has been previously qualified by Airbus.
Solvay has signed a ten-year agreement for the supply of composites and adhesives to be used across Bell's military and commercial rotorcraft programmes, including the Bell 429, 407, 505, 525, V-22, and UH-1.
SGL Carbon and Fraunhofer IGCV have officially opened the Fibre Placement Centre (FPC) at SGL's site in Meitingen, Germany. Compositence, BA Composites and the Chair for Carbon Composites at the Technical University of Munich have also joined the alliance, and Coriolis Group and Cevotec are planning to come on board as partners.
With the aim developing a broader platform for additive manufacturing (AM) technologies, the University of Exeter, UK, and Victrex, have formed a strategic partnership to introduce next-generation polyaryletherketone (PAEK) polymers and composites while improving the performance of the underlying AM processes.