18 September 2018
18 September 2018
AMSilk and Airbus have entered into a joint cooperation agreement to develop a new era of composites for use in the aerospace industry. The new composite material will be built using AMSilk’s Biosteel fibre technology, which enables lightweight construction with multiple shock resistance and flexibility.
In recent years, the aerospace industry has shifted from metal and steel fuselage and wings to carbon fibre composite materials, primarily in an effort to decrease the plane’s weight and save fuel over time. Biosteel fibre is said to offer superior flexibility to carbon fibre, enabling novel design and construction techniques without compromising on strength.
Biosteel fibre is made from a biopolymer based on natural spider silk, a material known for its strength, flexibility and toughness. AMSilk produces Biosteel fibre through a closed-loop biotechnological process that renders the product highly sustainable, with no petroleum inputs.
“We are excited to be working with Airbus, the world leader in performance airplanes, to create a fundamentally new material,” says Jens Klein, CEO of German company AMSilk. “At AMSilk, we are committed to producing materials that are both high performing and sustainable, and the current partnership with Airbus is an opportunity to set a new, stronger and more sustainable course for the entire aerospace industry.”
AMSilk and Airbus are aiming to launch a prototype composite material in 2019.
The Metyx Hungary factory, located in Kaposvár, has recently expanded its warehousing facilities, adding an additional 3,024 m2 of enclosed storage space for composite technical fabrics, packaging and FRP tooling.
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.