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Slideshow: Plastics Showcased at Aircraft Interiors Expo

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Ann R. Thryft
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The real meaning of innovation
Ann R. Thryft   5/16/2014 1:03:48 PM
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While I found all of these plastics and applications interesting and worthy of sharing with readers, I was especially impressed by the recyclable Victrex PEEK composite manufactured by Tri-Mack. Materials development done by companies that use those same materials makes a lot of sense to me. The word "innovation" is over-used today, but I think this is a good example of what it really means.



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safer and more forgiving
naperlou   5/16/2014 1:36:33 PM
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Ann, another advantage of these types of materials is that they are safer and more forgiving in this type of application.  In an aircraft, if something goes wrong, you want materials that are nice, but that won't hurt you when you run into them.  Being light weight as well is important for the efficiency of the craft.

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Ann R. Thryft   5/16/2014 2:24:33 PM
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Thanks, Lou, that's a really good point about the lack of danger, in addition to the well-known lighter weight. I tend not to think of those times (my fear of flying remains well-controlled as long as things aren't too bumpy), but if I'm getting tossed around during turbulence or worse, I'd rather be hit by softer materials instead of deadly sharp metal shards.

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Daniyal_Ali   5/17/2014 5:59:13 AM
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Nice share Ann. These look promising. Finally i can be confident that the materials won't try to kill me if something goes wrong! I also read about the concept of PaperClip Armrest and Caterpillar Seats designed by James Lee. These looked quite unique to me specially the PaperClip Armrest; it would definitely settle the scuffle over armrests in aircrafts.

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far911   5/19/2014 12:37:58 AM
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Ann excellent research forwarded by you. It will be really interesting how these will perform while on board.

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far911   5/19/2014 12:40:32 AM
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Daniyal well said about materials that at least they will not inflate if any thing goes wrong.

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Cabe Atwell   5/20/2014 11:46:16 PM
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Most aircraft accidents happen on take offs and landings with some catching fire after smashing into the ground. So are any of these plastics and polymers fire resistant? 

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Ann R. Thryft   5/21/2014 12:21:37 PM
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Cabe, most of these are specified as meeting fire/smoke/toxicity (FST) and other fire requirements, mentioned in the descriptions.



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Ann R. Thryft   5/21/2014 12:22:12 PM
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far911, you sound a bit skeptical, and understandably so. Many people have already experienced the wrong plastics spec'ed for their cars and have had problems with materials fading & cracking from UV exposure, or simply not holding up in terms of strength and longevity. Commercial aircraft are even more carefully regulated, though, so I think these will most likely be correctly specified.



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far911   5/21/2014 12:25:49 PM
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I surely hope so.

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