04 October 2016
04 October 2016
Solvay’s Ixef BM-1524 polyarylamide (PARA) is now qualified to the Boeing BMS 8-270 standard governing polyamides for aircraft interiors.
According to Solvay, this new listing expands opportunities for light-weighting through metal replacement for designers of aircraft interior components, and offers a more cost-effective, easily processed and structurally superior alternative to conventional plastics such as polyetherimide (PEI).
“Ixef BM-1524 PARA is an important new complement to Solvay’s broad portfolio of specialty polymers for aircraft interiors,” said Armin Klesing, Global Business Development Manager for Aerospace at Solvay’s Specialty Polymers business unit. “Its unique mechanical and processing performance offers broader design latitudes for a wide range of aircraft interior components, which helped make its certification a priority for Boeing. Today, Ixef PARA is well-positioned to become the material of choice for commercial aircraft interior applications where cost-effective light-weighting is a key driver in polymer specification.”
Ixef BM-1524 PARA is described as a 50-percent glass-fibre reinforced, semi-crystalline, semi-aromatic polyamide that offers an excellent surface finish. This natural-coloured, halogen-free flame retardant (HFFR) polymer delivers metal-like strength and stiffness, making it an attractive option for lightweight fasteners, attachments and brackets.
Ixef BM-1524 PARA meets Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) 60-second vertical burn requirements per 14 CFR 25.853 Appendix F, as well as toxic gas emission requirements under BSS7239 and ABD0031.
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