Fire Retardant Structural Materials For Aerospace Interiors

The Cetex brand of thermoplastic unitapes and laminates from Tencate are used in a wide range of aircraft structures, ranging from floor panels, keel beams, luggage bins and galleys.

Thermoplastics offer very low FST properties, can be formed easily and offer productivity savings with short mold cycles, high quality finishes off tool, excellent moisture resistance and durability. Figure 1 shows fire retardant structural materials for aircraft interiors.

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Figure 1. Fire retardant structural materials for aircraft interiors

TenCate Cetex Products

These include the following:

  • TenCate Cetex TC925 FST is a polycarbonate resin version that offers a new low cost alternative with less than 25/25 OSU performance.
  • Thermoplastic fasteners can be riction-welded to minimize core fill and lighten the panel weight.
  • TenCate Cetex thermoplastic laminates are used as a lightweight option on current commercial aircraft.
  • TenCate Cetex thermoplastic laminates are used in diverse applications from flooring and seating, to galleys and luggage bins. They offer OEM's the highest FST resistance in a durable and long-lasting composite structure.
  • For additional interiors composite solutions, low FST bulk molding compounds allow users to design complex parts to replace metal, while maintaining the lightweight, high strength of composites.

These are shown in Figures 2, 3 and 4

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Figure 2. TenCate Cetex thermoplastic laminates

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Figure 3. TenCate Cetex RTL

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Figure 4. Thermoplastic fasteners

Materials Selection Guide: Interiors

The materials selection guide for interiors is shown in Table 1.

Table 1. Materials selection guide for interiors

Product Name Resin Type Tg Cure Temp/ Cure Time Description Key Resin Characteristics
Prepregs*
TenCate Cetex®TC925FST NEW Polycarbonate (PC) 307°F/153°C • Process temp* - 437°F/225°C • Value orientated solution
• Good FST performance (OSU < 25/25)
• Translucent laminate provides good chemical performance
• Ideal for flooring, seating and small parts
See data sheet for details.
TenCate Cetex® TC1000 premium Polyethermide (PEI) 419°F/215°C • Process temp - 600°F/315°C • Qualified and certified to OEM specifications
• Excellent FST performance (OSU < 15/15)
• Industry leading mechanical performance
• Good solvent resistance
• Ideal for interior applications ranging from floor panels, to seat plynths to luggage bins
See data sheet for details.
TenCate Cetex® TC1000 design Polyethermide (PEI) 419°F/215°C • Process temp - 600°F/315°C • RTL for customer design programs
• Excellent FST performance (OSU <15/15)
• Range of colours and textures available
• Significant weight reduction in metal replacement programs
See data sheet for details.
TenCate Cetex® TC1100 Polyphenylene Sulfide (PPS) 194°F/90°C • Process temp* - 625°F/330°C • Offered on either glass or carbon exhibits moderate temperature capability and features:
   - High impact resistance
   - Low flammability
   - Low moisture absorption of 0.02%
• Ideal for leading edges, structural aircraft parts including interior beams and floor panels
See data sheet for details.
TenCate Cetex® TC1200 Polyetheretherketone (PEEK) 290°F/143°C • Process temp* - 725°F/385°C • Thermoplastic unitapes and fabrics either glass, carbon or aramid with PEEK resin
   - Outstanding solvent resistance
   - Low flammability
See data sheet for details.
TC264 FR Epoxy 266°F/130°C • Cure temp - 260°F/127°C • Ideal for use in applications where flame retardency is needed such as air management system ducting, decorative enclosures and fire retardent composite panel assemblies See data sheet for details.
TC550 FR Epoxy 246°F/119°C • 75 minutes at 280°F/138°C • Low FST prepreg for interior ducts, meets 12 second vertical burn See data sheet for details.
Ancillary Materials*
Bostik sharnet 4275 Polyester N/A Melt temp - 230°F/110°C • Lightweight
• High peel strength
Call for details.
Aluminium Honeycomb N/A N/A See data sheet • Aerospace grade available in corrosion resistant 5052 and 5056 alloys either in honeycomb ell or Flex-Core® configuration See page 25 for details.
Nomex® Honeycomb N/A N/A Service temperature up to 365°F/180°C • Excellent fire-resistant and self extinguishing properties for FAR 25.583 See page 25 for details.
TC263 NEW Epoxy 230°F/110°C 120 minutes at 250°F/12rC • Toughened firm adhesive See page 25 for details.

* Thermoplastic composites do not cure, instead we show the processing temperature used to form parts. Nomex® is a registered trademark of DuPont.

Thermoform Processes

The thermoforming process in shown in Figure 5.

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Figure 5. Thermoforming process

The steps of the thermoforming process are:

  • Use pre-assembled panel or assemble panel
  • Move to press/IR Heating
  • Remove and place in form
  • Form under high pressure or vaccum bag
  • Cool and remove

About TenCate Advanced Composites

TenCate is a multinational company that combines textile technology with related chemical processes.

Tencate develop and produce specialist materials with specific properties. Protective materials for fire-fighting clothing, and strong, lightweight materials in aircraft are good examples of these, as are materials that block UV radiation for applications like tentcloth and awnings.

For additional technical information, please contact TenCate by email at [email protected].

TenCate Advanced Composites

This information has been sourced, reviewed and adapted from materials provided by TenCate Advanced Composites.

For more information on this source, please visit TenCate Advanced Composites.

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