Thermoplastics to be explored at Aircraft Interiors conference

Dutch Thermoplastics Composites' David Manten will emphasize low-cost. high-performance thermoplastic composites at CompositesWorld's High-Performance Composites for Aircraft Interiors conference, Oct. 2-3 in Seattle, Wash., USA.

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Real and potential use of thermoplastic composites in aircraft interior applications is among the topics to be explored at CompositesWorld's High-Performance Composites for Aircraft Interiors conference, Oct. 2-3, co-located with Aircraft Interiors Expo Americas 2013 in Seattle, Wash., USA.

At CompositesWorld’s 2013 High-Performance Composites for Aircraft Interiors, new developments in the fields of high-temperature and fire-resistant applications, including recent changes in FAA FST requirements for materials of construction and potential solutions to meet those, 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.

David Manten, president, Dutch Thermoplastic Composites (Almere, The Netherlands), will focus on the availability of new low-cost, high-performance thermoplastic composite semi-finished products and the development of low-cost, high-volume manufacturing technologies and how these are leading to interesting opportunities for the application of thermoplastic composites in aircraft interior structures. Good fire, smoke, toxicity properties as well as a low heat release offer additional advantages.

Other presentations on the agenda include:

  • Chris Red, principal, Composites Forecasts and Consulting LLC: "Current market for advanced composite components and materials in use on commercial aircraft, specifically in interiors"
  • Jack Deruyter, vice president business development, Technifab Inc.: "PVDF Foam Applications for Aircraft Interiors: Offering Reduced Weight vs. Composites and Silicone Rubber, FAR 25.856 Compliance and Cost Reduction"
  • Jaime Grunlan, assistant professor and Gulf Oil/Thomas A. Dietz development professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University: "Environmentally Benign Nanocoatings that Create a Flame-retardant Gas Blanket for Aircraft Interior Foams, Fabrics, Etc."
  • Clint Newell, direct digital manufacturing, Stratasys Inc.: "Light-weight Structure, Material and Process"
  • Mike Favaloro, business development manager, Cutting Dynamics Inc.: "Thermoplastic Composites Process for Aircraft Interior Applications"
  • Robert Davies, CEO, Fibertec: "Advantages of Flexible Thermoplastic Composite Materials and Advanced Preforming Techniques"
  • Bill Pardo, global marketing manager Performance Materials, DuPont Protection Technologies: "Nomex XF: New Lightweight, Thin Flame Barrier for FAR 25.856 and 25.853 Applications"
  • Nick Bush, R&D engineer, Triumph Composite Systems, "Process Conversion from Vacuum Bagged Layup to Compression Molding: Thermoset to Thermoplastic"
  • Johnny Lincoln, president, Axiom Materials Inc.: "Low OSU/FST Epoxy Prepreg Matrix for Aircraft Interior Components"
  • Juan C. Serrano, business development manager; James C. Peters, associate director science and technology, PPG Industries: "High Elongation Glass Fibers for Aircraft Interior Applications"
  • Rick Pauer, market manager, CCP Composites: "A Comparative Study of High Performance Infusion-grade Thermosetting Resins with Various Advanced Reinforcement Fibers
  • Fredrik Ohlsson, product development director; Mark Shioleno, aerospace sales manager - North America, Oxeon Inc.: "Reduced Weight Aircraft Interior Structures via Optimized Reinforcements"
  • Ralph D. Maier, manager, Aerospace Technologies, BASF Corp.; Raj Mathur, VP & director, Technology & Business Development, PlastiComp: "Polyarylethersulfone-based Long-Fiber Thermoplastics (LFT) for Metal Replacement in Aircraft Interior Applications"
  • Carl F. Varnerin, vice president — research & development, Barrday Composite Solutions: "A Comparison of Various Flammability Test Methods used in Aerospace, Marine and Rail Markets"
  • Chris Kilbourn, global aerospace manager, DIAB Inc.: "Commercial Aircraft Interior FST Compliant Foam Core Materials – Past and Future"

A discounted conference rate of $895 ($795 academic/government) is available until Sept. 2. A limited number of rooms are available at the Hyatt Olive 8 for the discounted rate of $178/night. This rate is available until Sept. 5. Conference fee includes access to the Aircraft Interiors Expo Americas 2013 show floor.

Registration, lodging, agenda and other information about the conference is available online at the 2013 High-Performance Composites for Aircraft Interiors website.