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Plastics and Composites for the Aerospace Industry

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Published: 10 Mar 2017

The aerospace industry is focusing on reducing the weight of aircraft in order to attain better fuel efficiency and performance. This is creating a need for materials with better mechanical, chemical, and thermal properties that can replace heavy metals. With lightweight and durability of components of prime importance, lightweight composites (for both aircraft interiors and exteriors) are being seen as a viable solution to fulfill the industry requirements. Plastics Advisor TechVision Opportunity Engine (TOE) provides intelligence on technologies, products, processes, applications, and strategic insights of various plastics and composites and also analyses their impact across various industries. The Materials and Coatings cluster tracks research and innovation trends and developments across specialty chemicals, plastics, polymers, chemicals, bio-chemicals, metals, coatings, thinfilms, surface treatments, composites, alloys, oil and gas, fuel additives, fibers, and several other related technologies and their impact and applications across industries. The Advanced Manufacturing and Automation (AMA) Cluster covers technologies that enable clean, lean and flexible manufacturing and industrial automation. Technologies such as three-dimensional (3D) and four-dimensional (4D) printing, wireless sensors and networks, information and communication technology, multimaterial joining, composites manufacturing, digital manufacturing, micro- and nano-manufacturing, lasers, advanced software, and printing techniques, are covered as part of this cluster. The technologies covered here impact a wide range of industries, such as the impact semiconductor, automotive and transportation, aerospace and defense, industrial, healthcare, logistics, and electronics industries. Keywords: Aircraft, aerospace, aviation, aircraft interior, aircraft exterior, lightweight composites, polymers, plastics, polyurethane (PU), polyphenylene sulfide (PPS), polyaryletherketone (PAEK), polyether ether ketone (PEEK), polycarbonate, polymeric foam, propargyl ether, phthalonitril, carbon nanotubes

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