PPG Engineering Materials / Dexmet
22 Barnes Industrial Park Road
Wallingford , CT 06492 US
PPG Industries Inc.
Lightning Strike Protection for Composite and Carbon Fiber Aircraft and Turbine Blades.
Composite materials are poor conductors. Lightning can cause extensive damage to an aircraft and can get especially costly to repair. That’s why aircraft structures are “zoned” for relative conductivity this is to ensure that lightning passes through the aircraft and continues to the ground. The best way to accomplish this process, at the least cost, is with lightweight, flexible MicroGrid® the conductive laminate of choice.
Microgrid® precision expanded metal foils from Dexmet are ideally suited materials for lightning strike protection in composite aircraft structures and wind turbines. In fact, Dexmet is the exclusive supplier for Boeing, principal supplier for Embraer, Airbus and preferred vendor to many other aircraft manufacturers. MicroGrid’s single unit structure is superior because it can’t unravel like woven wire. Microgrid’s open area structure is tightly controlled through exacting manufacturing processes. Its unitized microstructure can be customized to your exact specifications for the desired conductivity requirements at minimal cost.
Each “zone” uses only as much material (added weight) and open area as necessary for its relative conductivity. A true and proven protection against lightning strike hazards.
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