CompositesWorld announces aircraft interiors conference

CompositesWorld's High-Performance Composites for Aircraft Interiors will be held Sept. 25-26 in Seattle, Wash., and colocated with the Aircraft Interiors Expo Americas show.

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CompositesWorld, publisher of High-Performance Composites and Composites Technology magazines, has announced that the 2012 High-Performance Composites for Aircraft Interiors will be held Sept. 25-26, at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, Wash., USA. The conference will be co-located with the Aircraft Interiors Expo Americas, organized by Reed Exhibitions. One of the co-chairs for this year’s conference will be David Leach, product manager for aerospace adhesive technologies at Henkel Corp.

This conference offers an excellent opportunity for attendees to confer with engineers and technology personnel from companies eager to learn more about developments and supporting technologies in aircraft interior composites. Attendees will include materials suppliers, parts manufacturers, OEMs and more.

Most of the attention to reduce weight, fuel consumption and emissions in commercial aircraft has focused on structures as the paradigm shifts from metals to composites in commercial aircraft such as the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and the Airbus A350 XWB. However, the interiors of aircraft have many composite applications such as storage bins, tray tables and flooring. Other weight-saving opportunities offered by composites are being explored, such as tray-table arms, seats and others.

Recent developments in the fields of high-temperature and fire-resistant applications, including recent changes in U.S. Federal Aviaton Administration (FAA) fire, smoke and toxicity (FST) requirements for materials of construction and potential solutions to meet them will be discussed by composite industry innovators. Presentations about breakthroughs in thermoset and thermoplastic resin systems are planned, as well as new developments in core, such as Nomex and Kevlar honeycomb, and adhesive bonding and curing advances for these advanced composites.

Chris Red of Composites Forecasts and Consulting LLC, who will be speaking at the conference, estimates the OEM market for composites in interiors at 5.7 million lb in 2011, with about 43 percent of this being carbon fiber composites. Since interiors are typically replaced every six to eight years, Red states the aftermarket is historically 2.2 to 2.8 times greater than the OEM, bringing the combined OEM and aftermarket for composites in interiors to about 18 million lb, worth about $4.3 billion to $4.6 billion. Red's presentation at the conference is titled, "Opportunities for Composite Materials and Manufacturing in Commercial Transport Interiors."

In addition to free access to the Aircraft Interiors Expo Americas show floor, conference attendees will also have numerous conference networking opportunities at catered breakfasts, refreshment breaks, luncheons and a reception.

CompositesWorld is a provider of information to the composites industry through High-Performance Composites and Composites Technology magazines, as well as the CompositesWorld Weekly newsletter and its website, www.compositesworld.com.

For more information on the conference, please visit www.compositesworld.com/conferences/2012-high-performance-composites-for-aircraft-interiors Speaker recruitment is underway. To submit a topic for consideration, please contact Scott Stephenson, conference director, at scott@compositesworld.com or +1 207-221-6602.