27 February 2018
27 February 2018
IntAir will refine the materials and upscale the manufacturing process for a new generation of aircraft interior composites that are cheaper, lighter and safer than the toxic, carcinogenic materials that are currently used.
Composite materials are well-established for aircraft interior sidewalls, galleys, lockers and seating. To meet the strict fire and weight requirements for aircraft interiors, the current solution is to use a fire resistant composite made of phenolic resin with carbon or glass fibre reinforcement. However, there are 3 major problems with phenolics:
Most composite aircraft components are manufactured from prepreg, an intermediate material where the resin is pre-impregnated into a reinforcement fabric, for subsequent moulding into parts.
As a direct substitute for phenolic, IntAir focusses on a prepreg using polyfurfuryl alcohol (PFA), a bioresin derived from crop waste, which offers the improvements in each of the 3 areas:
The project will be be promoting these new offerings and showing several application demonstrators on the Bercella stand. For further information on the project, visit Composites Evolution at the show.
Visit Bercella in Hall 6, Stand N94 and Composites Evolution in Hall 6, Stand S72 at JEC World 2018.
The EPSRC Future Composites Manufacturing Research Hub (The Hub) has released the programme for its one-day conference taking place alongside ICMAC 2018 on 10 July 2018 in Nottingham, UK.
At JEC World 2018, Tecnatom showcased its Wiipa wireless positioning equipment, designed to facilitate the manual inspection of areas of different geometries.
Composites UK will be hosting two events in April with some big-name speakers.