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Sabic introduces two new aircraft-compliant materials

Clare Goldsberry

April 6, 2016

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Sabic introduces two new aircraft-compliant materials

At the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, Germany, this week, Sabic (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia) is introducing two new grades of a high-performance thermoplastic material specifically formulated to produce lightweight aircraft interior parts with minimal secondary processes while adhering to strict regulatory standards.

Sabic’s Lexan FST9405 resin and its transparent counterpart, Lexan FST9405T, represent advances in polycarbonate aerospace-grade materials already known for their impact resistance, durability, chemical resistance and, importantly, compliance with regulatory and OEM standards for safety, said Sabic.

“The development of the new transparent-grade Lexan FST9405T represents a true breakthrough, as it’s the first transparent, injection-moldable material that is compliant with heat-release standards,” said Lori Louthan, Director, Mass Transportation Marketing.

Regulatory robustness doesn’t end with the material's OSU 55/55 (heat-release) qualification. Both Lexan FST9405 and FST9405T pass FAR 25.853 tests for 60-second vertical burn and smoke density, as well as OEM standards for toxicity. In addition, both grades are lot-to-lot certified, helping to ensure consistent compliance robustness for each customer’s order, according to Sabic.

The new materials build upon prior-generation Lexan FST9705 resin by providing enhanced flow in the injection mold, which means less material is required to create a part, enabling strong, thin-wall designs that can contribute to lightweight finished parts.

Lexan FST9405 resin supports molded-in colors, including bright whites, which can help to eliminate secondary processes such as painting. Both grades offer several other benefits, as well: They use non-chlorinated and non-brominated flame-retardant technology and offer good scratch resistance. They are produced at Sabic sites in the United States and Europe, close to regional manufacturing hubs for the aircraft interiors industry.

Potential uses of the new resins include seatbacks, kick panels, side panels, seat trims, magazine holders, cockpit dashboard enclosures and components, transparent or translucent partitions, luggage compartments and passenger service units.

About the Author(s)

Clare Goldsberry

Until she retired in September 2021, Clare Goldsberry reported on the plastics industry for more than 30 years. In addition to the 10,000+ articles she has written, by her own estimation, she is the author of several books, including The Business of Injection Molding: How to succeed as a custom molder and Purchasing Injection Molds: A buyers guide. Goldsberry is a member of the Plastics Pioneers Association. She reflected on her long career in "Time to Say Good-Bye."

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