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A thermoplastic nanocomposite material to replace aerospace grade aluminum components

News International-French

18 Apr 2019

Alpine Advanced Materials announces the commercial availability of HX5, a high-performance thermoplastic nanocomposite material designed specifically to replace aerospace grade aluminum components at up to half the weight.

A thermoplastic nanocomposite material to replace aerospace grade aluminum components
HX5 is ideal for replacement of metal parts in airline interiors. Unlike other lightweight composite materials targeting the aerospace interiors market, HX5 maintains comparable strength and performance to 6061 aluminum and is able to be post-processed like metal. HX5 parts can be machined, coated, painted, welded, and adhesively bonded. HX5 can replace metal parts in seats, trays and galleys, where other composites fall short.

Adam White, founder of Factorydesign says:

“I’ve been searching for new materials to advance our innovative concepts in the aerospace interiors market for some time. HX5 allows us to create cutting edge lightweight designs that are a game changer for the industry.”

There is huge weight savings potential for replacing aluminum interior components, contributing to significant improvement in airline fuel efficiency and reduction of carbon emissions.

Joe D’Cruz, Executive Chairman of Alpine says:

“It’s an exciting time for Alpine. We are bringing revolutionary technology to the commercial sector that will significantly address the greenhouse gas concerns encountered by the aerospace industry. Our target is to reduce carbon emissions of a commercial single-aisle passenger plane by over 600,000 lbs. per year.”

A thermoplastic nanocomposite material to replace aerospace grade aluminum components

Alpine brings HX5 to the commercial aerospace industry through an exclusive license from Lockheed Martin Corporation, where the product was designed and exhaustively tested and proven in the manufacture of components for jet fighters, high-speed helicopters, amphibious transport vehicles, missiles, rockets, and satellites.

HX5 material is 50% lighter than aluminium and 80% lighter than steel. It is certified for use on the F-35 aircraft, Sikorsky S-97 Raiser and orbital platforms, proven in the most extreme conditions on and off the earth. It outperforms aluminium components with resistance to wear, temperature and corrosion and is faster to manufacture than machined aluminium, with production time reduced from months to days.