The fact that lightweight equals cost efficiency is a particularly important equation when it comes to the aerospace industry. Light-weight materials, such as aluminium or magnesium have traditionally been used together with fibre-induced composites. Interestingly, due to its efficiency and flexibility, lightweight construction becomes increasingly appealing to other sectors, such as automotive engineering.
However, the aerospace supply industry is currently on its way to find and develop alternatives to established materials. This mostly includes the shift from single materials, such as aluminium, to hybrid components. Thus, through joining two materials together, previously unlocked potentials of single materials can be used in the most optimal way to benefit the aerospace industry. An example for this is the fibre-metal laminate (FML). The hybrid made from aluminium foil and fibreglass prepregs has already successfully been used on an Airbus A380.
This and more fascinating topics will be part of expoAIR 2017. expoAIR is the new international trade fair for the aerospace supply industry in Munich from 20-22 November 2017.