Ensuring thermoplastic aircraft components make the grade
Thermoplastics are a type of plastic that can be melted and recast almost indefinitely. This means they are amenable to reprocessing and recycling, enhancing their sustainability. Further, they do not require a curing step after consolidation like thermoset polymers, and this reduces production times. The EU-funded TREAL project plans to help the EU aerospace sector exploit the potential of thermoplastics through the development of an advanced thermoplastic modelling platform. It will ensure accurate determination of design allowables, the allowable materials’ property values derived from test data. More specifically, the reliable determination of the allowable limits of stress, strain, or stiffness for certain configurations and conditions will support the utilisation of thermoplastic composites in future aircraft designs.
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