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Composite window frames for commercial aircraft

SpecialChem / Sep 21, 2007

As part of development of the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the American aircraft manufacturer Boeing has joined forces to Nordam Group Inc and the materials producer Hexcel Corp. in order to develop new window frames. The partner have selected a carbon fiber/epoxy sheet molding compound (SMC) i.e. HexMC® from Hexcel to replace aluminum usually used to manufacture airplane window frames. This choice offers several advantages compared with aluminum such as 50% weight savings, higher tensile strength, higher stiffness and also higher damage tolerance.

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