Kordsa targets phenolic-based sandwich panel toward aircraft interiors

Appears in Print as: 'Honeycomb sandwich panel targets commercial plane interior'

The sandwich panels comprise glass fiber/phenolic skins surrounding a Nomex honeycomb core.


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Kordsa honeycomb panels

Source | Kordsa

Tire, construction reinforcement and composites technologies company Kordsa (Izmut, Turkey) has introduced a new line of honeycomb composite sandwich panels for the cabin interior of commercial airplanes. The company’s Composites Center of Excellence (CTCE), founded in 2016, played a significant role in the development of the technology. The material, comprised of glass fiber in a phenolic matrix surrounding a honeycomb core, is targeted toward aircraft galley applications. Kordsa selected phenolic for its flame-retardancy. The honeycomb core, provided by Advanced Honeycomb Technologies (San Marco, Calif., U.S.), a subsidary of Kordsa,  is also phenolic-based. Each honeycomb cell is hexagonal-shaped and measures 3.2 millimeters wide. Kordsa says its composite sandwich panels can withstand greater bending loads than the leading brand and is able to withstand peel loads in either direction.


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