F/LIST is using its expertise in aircraft engineering, certification and material development to support the BioForS project consortium.
The BioForS project consortium promotes the use of composites in aviation that are made from 100% renewable raw materials, which not only have excellent properties, but are also decorative. The aim is to replace conventional fire-resistant lightweight components for aircraft interiors, which include sheets made from fossil raw materials.
“We aim to make aviation more sustainable. In this project, we tackle the challenge of bringing green and renewable structural materials into the aircraft cabin,” said Patrick Domnanich, Director Research & Development, F/LIST.
The approach entails great challenges as materials and components used in aviation must be able to withstand extreme loads while being as light as possible. So-called organo sheets have increasingly been used in the past. These are fiber composites that can be produced quickly and easily and have excellent mechanical properties. Currently they are still made from fossil raw materials, which opens up the potential for replacement by renewable resources.
Since the beginning of 2018, a project team, including partners from science and industry, has been researching the production of bio-based organic sheets for the visible parts in aircraft interiors. The materials used are biodegradable and vegetable oil-based polymers in the form of films, which incorporate flame-retardant and natural flax fibers as a matrix. Besides base material development, the project deals with designing the composite assemblies and setting up efficient manufacturing and molding processes.
F/LIST’s in-house test facilities, which include a flammability laboratory, ensure that all innovations meet the highest specifications.
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