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THERMOPLASTIC HONEYCOMB TECHNOLOGY FLYING HIGH.

Thermoplastic honeycomb technology specialist EconCore has joined forces with Diehl Aircabin to develop aircraft interior modules via a highly cost-effective process for creating modules by thermoforming mono-material sandwich panels in a single step.

The partners have produced a prototype of an aircraft stowage unit which was presented at the Composites Europe 2017 exhibition in Stuttgart on September 19-21.

The development brings together EconCore's honeycomb production technology with a special grade of polycarbonate that has outstanding fire-smoke-toxicity performance. Test reports confirm the excellent fire resistant behaviour of the final sandwich structures, which cost significantly less than aramid and other conventional honeycomb solutions.

Tomasz Czarnecki, chief operating officer of EconCore, says that EconCore's continuous production technology has already been proven in very cost-sensitive markets, including packaging, logistics, automotive, and other forms of ground transportation.

"We believe that the aerospace industry will also welcome costs controlled by our fast, low-energy consuming, in-line integrated process. The fire-smoke-toxicity-gualified honeycomb technology could be extended to a wider range of applications, including railway transportation."

The INCOM project was funded via the European Commission.

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Publication:Environmental Engineering
Date:Dec 1, 2017
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