Shaping the Future of Aircraft Interior Composites

Shaping the Future of Aircraft Interior Composites

TenCate Advanced Composites provide advanced, market leading fire-retardant composites for the aircraft interiors industry. Experts across the industry use TenCate lightweight composite materials in a wide range of aerospace interior applications to eliminate secondary operations, increase mechanical durability and deliver optimal FST safety.

TenCate's Cetex® brand of differentiated Reinforced Thermoplastic Laminates (RTL) as well as unidirectional (UD) tapes are used in a wide variety of aircraft interior applications, ranging from flooring and cabin seating, to stowage bins and galleys. Reinforced with carbon fibers or glass, thermoplastic composites provide:

  • High quality surface finishes that considerably reduce the need for filling and sanding prior to application of decorative trims or sublimation printing
  • Very low FST & OSU properties (OSU <25/25)
  • Very tough surfaces for better impact and wear performance, allowing long term durability
  • Excellent moisture resistance leading to better durability
  • Part count reduction, overmolding thermoplastics allows consolidation of parts and integration of mechanical fixation
  • Quick manufacturing cycles, press forming in minutes
  • Component coloring, option to provide ‘base color’ for applications

Shaping the Future of Aircraft Interior Composites

TenCate Cetex® laminates are customized to users’ application needs and are consolidated as multiple or single ply construction to improve functionality. The RTL semi-finished product offering includes customized color, fiber layups and a surface finish ready for service.

TenCate Cetex® TC925 FST – Polycarbonate (PC) resins offer a cost-effective solution that combines good FST & OSU results with excellent impact performance.

TenCate Cetex® TC1000 – Polyetherimide (PEI) resins offer optimum FST & OSU performance, coupled with good chemical resistance and ideal secondary operation compatibility (welding, jointing and painting).

TenCate Cetex® TC1100 – PolyphenyleneSulfide (PPS) offers good FST performance as well as excellent solvent resistance for structural applications.

TenCate Cetex® TC1225 – Part of the PEEK family, Polyaryletherketone (PAEK) resin provides excellent thermal and structural performance as well as compatibility to PEEK for injection welding and overmolding.

Materials are available either as prepreg rolls or consolidated laminates (RTL) with a format of 3.66 m x 1.22 m (12’ x 4’).

Product Applications

Storage Bins

TenCate Cetex® is the ultimate solution in an industry where weight and impact performance is critical. Exceptionally lightweight and durable for hardwearing bin surfaces and linings, TenCate’s embedded color eliminates secondary painting and finishing needs.

Cabin Linings

Featuring excellent durability and high impact resistance, TenCate Cetex® delivers near perfect demold performance. It eliminates rework and maximizes efficiency for trim by minimizing post-processing (sweep/sand) operations.

Cargo Linings

With excellent durability and exceptional FST performance, TenCate Cetex® provides near perfect demold performance. It eliminates rework and maximizes efficiency for large surfaces by minimizing post-processing (sweep/sand) operations.

Service Carts

In an industry where weight and impact performance is critical, TenCate Cetex® serves as the ultimate solution. Exceptionally lightweight and durable for hardwearing cart surfaces, graphics can also be sublimated into the surface thus removing secondary painting and finishing needs.

Ducting

For ultimate flow rate performance, TenCate Cetex® thermoplastics provide the lowest porosity levels in the lightest materials available. TenCate’s laminate systems are used in low pressures systems across the world and are rolled and seam welded for maximum efficiency.

Ceiling Linings

TenCate Cetex® is stiff and lightweight and provides near perfect demold performance. It eliminates rework and maximizes efficiency for large surfaces by minimizing post-processing (sweep/sand) operations.

Galleys

Galleys and dividers are high volume, wear applications that require resilient low-maintenance performance. TenCate’s Cetex® thermoplastics with in-color and high moisture barrier technology now provide new possibilities for the work space.

Seat Structures

TenCate Cetex® thermoplastics are capable of fast manufacturing cycles and are perfect for high volume parts such as thermoformed seat structures, including arm rests, back panels and seat pans. Materials can also be overmolded with features for design integrity and process improvement.

Flooring

Aircraft flooring is manufactured in high volumes and prone to abuse, and hence it requires exceptional resilience. TenCate’s hybrid system integrates the best of lightweight thermoplastic and thermoset technology to provide remarkable durability and longer service life, withstanding carpet changes without any surface degradation.

Product Overview

Thermoset

  RESIN MATRIX DRY Tg ONSET CURE TIME AND TEMPERATURE KEY PRODUCT CHARACTERISTICS OOA/VBO DURABILITY/ TOUGHNESS CHEMICAL RESISTANT OEM QUALIFICATION
E721-FR Epoxy 120 °C (248 °F) 60 minutes at 120 °C (248 °F) • Fire retardant under FAR 25.853 Appendix F - vertical burn material test criteria (ii)
• Core bondable
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TC264-1 Epoxy 124 °C (255 °F) 90 minutes at 118-127 °C (245-260 °F) • Flame retardancy applications e.g. ducting, decorative enclosures and composite panel assemblies Ο Ο Ο  
BT250E-1FR Epoxy 125 °C (257 °F) 60 minutes at 121 °C (250 °F) • Self adhesive to honeycomb and foam core
• Outstanding surface finish with OOA
Ο Ο   MIL-R-9300 (BT250E-1)

 

TenCate Cetex® Thermoplastic

  RESIN MATRIX PEAK Tg PROCESSING TEMPERATURE KEY PRODUCT CHARACTERISTICS SECONDARY OPERATIONS DURABILITY/ TOUGHNESS CHEMICAL RESISTANT OEM QUALIFICATION
TC925 FST PC 153 °C (207 °F) 260 °C (500 °F) • Good FST performance, OSU (<25/25)
• White color option for visual aspect
• Value orientated solution
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TC1000 Premium PEI 215 °C (419 °F) 315 °C (600 °F) • Excellent FST performance, OSU (<15/15)
• Qualified to OEM specifications
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BMS 8-353 (Type I)
ABS 5036
ABS 5814
TC1000 Design PEI 215 °C (419 °F) 315 °C (600 °F) • Excellent FST performance, OSU (<15/15)
• Ideal for customer qualified design programs
• Broader color palette and range of textures
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TC1100 PPS 90 °C (194 °F)
Tm 280 °C (536 °F)
320 °C (608 °F) • Achieves 35/35 for OSU performance
• Outstanding solvent resistance for structural applications
• High impact resistance
• Ideal for beams and floor panels
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BMS 8-353 (Type II Class 3)
ABS 5045
ABS 5222
MEP 15-052
TC1225 NEW PAEK 147 °C (296 °F)
Tm 305 °C (581 °F)
325-350 °C (615-662 °F) • Outstanding structural and thermal performance
• Compatability to PEEK for injection overmolding and welding
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Film Adhesives

  RESIN MATRIX DRY Tg ONSET CURE TIME AND TEMPERATURE KEY PRODUCT CHARACTERISTICS OOA/VBO DURABILITY/ TOUGHNESS CHEMICAL RESISTANT OEM QUALIFICATION
TC263 Epoxy 110 °C (230 °F) 2 hours at 121 °C (250 °F) • High peel strength
• Ideal for metal or composite bonding
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Nomex® Honeycomb* Aerospace Grade

  CONFIGURATIONS CELL SIZE & DENSITY SHEET SIZE KEY PRODUCT CHARACTERISTICS
ANA-3.2-29 3.2 mm 29 kg/m³ 1250 x 2500 mm • Fire resistant and self extinguishing to FAR 25.853
• High temperature strength up to 180 °C (356 °F)
• High strength to weight ratio and easily formable to shape
• Nomex® paper sheets are coated and bonded together with a high modulus phenolic resin
ANA-3.2-48 3.2 mm 48 kg/m³ 1250 x 2500 mm
ANA-3.2-64 3.2 mm 64 kg/m³ 1220 x 2440 mm
ANA-4.8-48(OX) 4.8 mm 48 kg/m³ 1250 x 2500 mm

Nomex® is a registered trademark of E.I du Pont de Nemours and Company.
* Cut to customer thickness specifications +/- 0.125 mm.

Offered from Langley Mill, UK. Additional grades can be sourced upon request, subject to minimum order quantities.

Hybrid Panel Solution

TenCate Cetex® TC1000 are also available as part of a hybrid panel solution, benefiting from the surface properties of the thermoplastic RTL capping a conventional thermoset (TenCate E721-FR or BT250E-1FR)/Nomex® honeycomb core structure.

Hybrid Panel Solution

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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