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How advanced plastic composites are keeping the skies cleaner


A few years ago Japan’s ANA airline asked passengers to use the toilet before boarding their flights. The logic was that if every passenger took a comfort break in advance, the aircraft’s load would be lighter and the engines would burn less fuel. The aerospace industry is focusing on reducing the weight of aircraft in order to attain better fuel efficiency and performance

 

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Since the early 1900's, aluminium has been the primary material used in aircraft construction, and accounts for anywhere between 65 and 75 percent of the total weight of a passenger aircraft. This material is sensitive to tension loads but handles compression very well


Recently, the advanced plastic composites materials with better mechanical, chemical, and thermal properties have made their way to the aviation scene that can replace heavy metals. With lightweight and durability of components of prime importance, lightweight composites (for both aircraft interiors and exteriors) are being seen as a viable solution to fulfill the industry requirements


The extensive use of new materials — including carbon fibre reinforced polymer — has led to huge weight savings. .     Less fuel means lower carbon dioxide emissions, as well as savings on a significant operating cost for airlines


Composite materials were introduced in 1985 on the tail fin of aircraft such as the Airbus A310 wide-body. They are not as efficient in dealing with compression loads but are excellent at handling tension

 

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Today, Boeing and Airbus have broken new ground with their latest wide-body models, the 787 and A350. Roughly half of these aircraft is made of carbon fibre plastic and other composite materials. Boeing boasts that the 787 — whose smallest model weighs 161 tonnes — offers weight savings haul routes using up to 20% less fuel while pumping out fewer greenhouse gases compared with the equivalent aluminium aircraft


The reduced weight and increased strength in aircraft components signals how commercial aviation targets have shifted from larger, farther, faster to cheaper, quieter, more efficient. Though the materials themselves are not new, the technology and the commercial demand for them have recently aligned. That makes advanced materials like carbon fibre essential to staking out a competitive edge in an international arena
 

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