11 April 2017
11 April 2017
Diehl Aircabin has signed a long-term agreement with Diab for the supply of Divinycell F and other structural foam core materials for cabin interior applications.
“Diab has been supporting Diehl Aircabin with technical development of numerous cabin applications. With newly introduced cabin applications in Airbus 350 XWB and Boeing 777 using Divinycell F, it was a strategic step forward to sign a long-term agreement. It has been a pleasure to work with Diehl, and we are very proud of being a supplier and partner with Diehl Aircabin,” adds Lennart Thalin, Diab Executive Group Vice President Sales & Segments.
Diab explains that the structural foam core, Divinycell F, is making headwind at cabin interior companies. It says that the increased production rates for new aircraft require more industrialised manufacturing. Traditional Honeycomb solutions require intensive labour to get a good surface finish, as well as closing edges to avoid moisture absorption. Divinycell F is said to minimise the need for labour intensive and costly putty, sanding, and sweeping steps to achieve a high-quality surface finish. Featuring closed cells and minimal water absorption, Divinycell F also eliminates the need for edge fill. Many honeycomb panel designs now incorporate Divinycell F as an edge close-out. Using Divinycell F can save up to 20% weight compared to Nomex honeycomb solutions, which translates into substantial cost savings. The Divinycell F production line also boasts the industry’s shortest lead time and highest production capacity, benefiting customers around the world.
Diab claims that its Divinycell F withstands high temperatures and exceeds by far all requirements for aircraft interiors when it comes to Fire, Smoke, Toxicity (FST), and OSU heat release.
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The American Composites Manufacturers Association participated in a roundtable discussion about the IMAGINE Act. Known as the Innovative Materials in American Growth and Infrastructure, Newly Expanded (IMAGINE) Act, the new bill is designed to promote the increased use of innovative materials like fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) composites, as well as new manufacturing methods to accelerate the deployment and extend the life of infrastructure projects.
Coriolis Composites has been selected by the National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) at Wichita State University (WSU), US, to provide a thermoplastics capable Automated Fibre Placement (AFP) system.