Aircraft manufacturers are driven by the need to design the most lightweight and fuel-efficient aircraft possible while reducing overall manufacturing costs. PFW Aerospace AG (Speyer, Germany), a world market leader in aerospace tubing systems, and Victrex (Thornton Cleveleys, UK) have developed a novel, Victrex PEEK polymer-based pipe system for the cargo drainage system on the Airbus A350 XWB that successfully addresses these twin goals.
Through the use of lightweight, thin-wall Victrex Pipe, the innovative pipe system is 33% lighter and is the first viable alternative to metal tubing introduced to the aerospace market according to the developers. Victrex will showcase the Airbus-qualified Victrex Pipes along with other solutions to replace metals and reduce weight in the design of commercial aircraft in booth #107 at the upcoming SAMPE Show in Baltimore, MD, May 21-24, 2012.
“PFW Aerospace has been supplying metal tubing to the aerospace industry for nearly 100 years,” says Rupert Kästel, VP sales and marketing, PFW Aerospace AG. “Given the increasing demands to reduce weight, we needed to identify alternatives to metal. We worked closely with Victrex for more than three years involving them in every stage of the product development phase through to the qualification. Together, we have successfully delivered an alternative to metal tubing and a next-generation solution for commercial aircraft.”...