In seats, luggage systems or cargo systems, our high-performance polymers are ideal for a wide variety of applications in aircraft cabins. They are lightweight, quiet and lubrication-free. Many of our materials also comply with the FAR 25.853 and UL94 V0 fire safety standards.
And they are insensitive to chemicals and saltwater. This means that they meet the decisive requirements for use in structural parts on the aircraft exterior: wings, fuel pumps and broadband antennae, for example.
Benefits of igus products in the interior:
On the exterior:
A fire on board an aircraft is one of the most serious events that can happen when flying. That is why all materials used in and on the aircraft are subjected to extensive FST tests. In our blog, we explain how these tests are carried out, what regulations apply in Europe and the US, and which igus bearing and energy chain materials fulfil the fire safety standards:
In the prototype of the first two-seated solar aircraft, all components had to be chosen carefully. Above all things, it had to be light. Therefore, polymer bearings were used in different places, such as the wing suspension. They replace the metal bearings as they are lighter but still able to withstand the application's high loads.
In this selection of more than 40 application examples, you can find out how our energy chains and bearing products are used in aviation and aerospace, where they fulfil different requirements. Here, it was necessary to overcome challenges such as high loads, extreme temperature differences, confined spaces or specifications requiring low weight.
This aircraft uses numerous iglidur plain bearings, which are remarkable for their very low weight. Metallic bearings are out of the question as weight plays a major role in the air. Rotors and rudders have been equipped with lubrication-free bearings.
In this glider, various cables for control instruments are ideally guided by an energy chain. Despite the small installation space, the e-chain offers space for further cables. A great advantage is the opening system of the chain, by which individual cables can be easily replaced.