By 2035, the aviation industry estimates that 41,000 new and replacement aircraft will be needed. Thermoplastic composites are anticipated to play an increasingly significant role in accelerating future aircraft construction in order to meet this kind of increasing demand, which obviously calls for new approaches and new technologies.
Comparing thermoplastic composites to their thermoset counterparts, which are currently in widespread use, offers a number of benefits, such as extremely fast production times and low overall costs. A typical VICTREX AE 250 thermoplastic composite part, like a structural bracket, can cut manufacturing time by 20–30% and costs by up to 40% compared to metals or other polymer materials.
After 40 years since the invention of PEEK, innovative VICTREX PAEK thermoplastic polymers are still an active source of innovation. The combination of an inventive VICTREX PAEK polymer and reinforcing carbon fibers offers mechanical properties that are consistent with the requirements for structural aerospace applications.