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Slideshow: Plastics Showcased at Aircraft Interiors Expo
5/16/2014

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BASF demonstrated its RELEST Air Windur Cool Coating system at the Aircraft Interiors Expo 2014. The system consists of an infrared Reflective Primer combined with an IR Management Topcoat. This heat-reflective coating technology has optimized spectral behaviors that make it possible to formulate dark colors that reduce the effects of heat in sunlight. The company also exhibited samples of a load-bearing floor created using its Baxxodur latent cure infusion epoxy system that is 40% lighter than existing aluminum load floors. It can support a 4,200 psi compressive load and is formulated to meet FAR 24.853 fire requirements.
 (Source: BASF)
BASF demonstrated its RELEST Air Windur Cool Coating system at the Aircraft Interiors Expo 2014. The system consists of an infrared Reflective Primer combined with an IR Management Topcoat. This heat-reflective coating technology has optimized spectral behaviors that make it possible to formulate dark colors that reduce the effects of heat in sunlight. The company also exhibited samples of a load-bearing floor created using its Baxxodur latent cure infusion epoxy system that is 40% lighter than existing aluminum load floors. It can support a 4,200 psi compressive load and is formulated to meet FAR 24.853 fire requirements.
(Source: BASF)

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far911
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Re: The real meaning of innovation
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.

Daniyal_Ali
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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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Re: safer and more forgiving
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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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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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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