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6/29/2015

Thermoplastic for aircraft interiors

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Solvay (Brussels, Belgium) has launched Tegralite, a family of high-performance, semi-finished thermoplastic-based materials designed for use in aircraft interiors applications.

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Solvay (Brussels, Belgium) has launched Tegralite, a family of high-performance, semi-finished thermoplastic-based materials designed for use in aircraft interiors applications. Tegralite grew out of Solvay's work with its alliance partners Aonix (Ottowa, ON, CA), JSP (Madison Heights, MI, US) and 3A Composites (Sins, Switzerland) and includes foams, composites and sandwich materials manufactured out of Solvay's portfolio of polymers. One of the first products in the Tegralite line is Tegracore PPSU, a foam used in the cabin of the Airbus A350 XWB and the Solar Impulse 2. Also available are thermoplastic sandwich materials made of Tegracore and sulfone-based prepregs manufactured by Aonix. Solvay says Tegracore PPSU is a supertough structural foam that meets all flame, smoke and toxicity (FST) requirements in the cabin and also resists aerospace liquids like Skydrol. Other benefits of Tegralite, says Solvay, include reduced labor costs for primary and secondary operations to make parts, and the completely thermoplastic nature of the materials further opens up the avenue to do onboard repair (e.g., welding) in contrast to incumbent thermosets. The Tegralite product portfolio will also include prepregs.

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