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Flying High with High-Performance Plastics

Posted April 05, 2011 2:29 PM by Steve Melito

This week, SABIC Innovative Plastics is showcasing its line of ultra-lightweight, high-performance thermoplastics at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, Germany. To help original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) conserve fuel and reduce emissions, SABIC has developed resins, sheets, foams, and composites that can help reduce the weight of aircraft by as much as 50%. These same lightweight materials also meet strict flame-smoke-toxicity (FST) regulations and airline demands for performance and comfort.

"Global aerospace OEMs and tiers need compliant, safe and fuel-efficient solutions to cost-effectively design and manufacture next-generation aircraft," explains Jack Govers, general manager of Specialty Film and Sheet at SABIC Innovative Plastics. To that end, SABIC will display applications for its products such a passenger service unit (PSU) made by PECO Manufacturing for the new Boeing 737 BSI, a new seating design from Geven S.p.A., and even next-generation oven parts from Sell Cabin Interiors GmbH.

The Lexan XHR 6000 sheet that Geven S.p.A. is using was chosen for its ability to help limit the weight of an aircraft seat to less than 20 lbs. (9 kg). This extremely low heat release (XHR) product also complies with weight requirements for cockpit linings, door shrouds, and other interior components.

Do SABIC's lightweight, high-performance plastics have a future as semiconductor chip trays, too? How about as replacement parts for high-heat applications such as in the oil and gas industry?

Source: Zawya


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