Foam takes off in the aerospace industry
- North America still a global leader in aerospace foam
- Rising demand for low-cost carrier airlines in emerging regions is contributing to growth in the global aerospace foam market
- A comprehensive review of foam applications and the future of foam in aerospace will take place at Foam Expo Conference 2018
Specialist engineering polymers are used to create foams that meet the strict standards set by the aviation and aerospace industries. Flame-retardant and customizable, the foam materials are used in flight-deck pads and passenger cabin applications such as seating, overhead luggage bins, galleys, and lavatories, among other uses.
In space applications, a 2015 discovery found that lightweight composite metal foams can be used to absorb energy from impacts and block rays and radiation – a key finding for the aerospace industry, as the materials can be used in spacecraft.
In 2016, market research company Technavio released a market study forecasting growth in the global aerospace foam market at a CAGR of close to 8% through to 2020. Rising demand for low-cost carrier airlines in emerging regions and the high projected growth of the military aircraft manufacturing industry is behind ongoing growth in aircraft production, which is in turn boosting the global aerospace foam market. The report notes that the manufacture of new aircraft requires polyurethane foams, metal foams, and other types of foams that are required for the production of interior and exterior aircraft parts. Foam properties such as rigidity, tensile strength, and durability lend themselves to the material’s popularity.
North America holds the largest market for aerospace foam in the world and the region is expected to continue to dominate in this area despite intensifying competition elsewhere. Such credentials make it an appropriate host for Foam Expo Conference, taking place on March 6-8, 2018. The dedicated foam-industry conference will hold discussions geared toward end-user markets including aerospace, with key speakers from some of the industry’s most prominent companies addressing issues and talking points.
Exploring the sound, thermal, and shock-absorption properties of foam comprises a key segment of the conference, during which industry players will review the insulative and conductive properties of foam for aerospace applications. Other sessions will consider how to simultaneously optimise quality and cost, how best to lightweight applications, and ways in which weight and comfort requirements in aircraft can be balanced.
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