Victrex and Safran Cabin to Launch Flexible Composite Platform

September 30 2019

Safran Cabin and Victrex worked together to qualify thermoplastic composite parts on aircraft. A flexible platform is being designed to cut planning and time-to-market of multiple brackets, with the first being a hybrid overmolded aircraft cabin bracket made of VICTREX AE 250 carbon fiber PAEK composite and VICTREX PEEK polymer. Victrex, a world leader in high performance polymer solutions, provided the material, process and tooling expertise required to realize versatile design features while meeting key performance parameters. Safran Cabin provided critical expertise in design and manufacturing to ensure applicability in aerospace service and certification environments. Victrex and Safran Cabin utilized an innovative technique where VICTREX AE 250 thermoplastic composite is overmolded with VICTREX PEEK high performance polymer. The initial prototype brackets were produced at Tri-Mack Plastics Manufacturing Corporation. Compared to the original aluminum part, the prototype composite have shown up to 20% cost savings; 50% weight savings; and a 5x better buy-to-fly ratio.

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