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3A Composites’ Thermoplastic Rigid Foam Wins Airbus Qualification

Published on 2016-09-07. Author : SpecialChem

3A Composites has won qualification from Airbus for its AIREX® R82.80 rigid high performance core, which is well-suited for aerospace sandwich applications.

Thermoplastic Rigid Foam
Thermoplastic Rigid Foam

Composites for Aerospace Industry


AIREX® R82.80 receives Airbus prerequisite due to:
  • Outstanding fire resistance,
  • Exceeding most stringent flammability and smoke density,
  • Exceeding heat release and toxic gas emission requirements such as FAR 25’853.

AIREX® R82.80 follows lower density than AIREX® R82.60 in obtaining Airbus qualification.

Eric Gauthier, President of Global Key Accounts at 3A Composites Core Materials said:
“We are excited to continue expanding our relationship with Airbus and delivering solutions to the aerospace industry”.

Properties of AIREX® R82


  • Thermoplastic rigid foam 
  • Exhibits outstanding strength and stiffness to weight ratios
  • High impact resistance
  • Excellent dielectric properties
  • Very low moisture absorption

All of these make AIREX® R82 an exceptional thermoformable core material for use in structural applications that demand lightest weight, highest fire resistance, radar transparency or operation in extremely hot or cold environments.

This demonstrates 3A Composites continuing focus on providing innovative solutions to sustainably fulfill its evolving customers’ demands.

About 3A Composites Core Materials


3A Composites Core Materials is a global organizational unit within 3A Composites, part of Schweiter Technologies, with operations in Europe, the Americas, India, China and Papua New Guinea, that has pioneered the sandwich technology for almost 70 years. Its AIREXBALTEKBANOVA brand provides sustainable, lightweight and resource-friendly, high-quality core materials (broadest portfolio in the industry) to enable the production of lighter and thus more energy efficient end products for the wind-turbine, marine, aerospace, and automotive industries.

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Source: 3A Composites Core Materials
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