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New carbon fabric can save airlines millions

New carbon fabric can save airlines millions

May 31, 2013

A unique carbon fabric from Sweden, TeXtreme, could substantially reduce weight of existing aircraft and thereby enable significant savings in fuel costs for the airlines, all while contributing to a greener world. 

A conservative replacement of current traditional materials with TeXtreme carbon fibre fabrics, for example in composite panels in aircraft, could lower the weight of aircraft to the extent that potential fuel cost savings could be in excess of 43-million euros per annum for 20 major airlines.

The reduction of CO2 emissions, resulting from weight savings of this magnitude, is enormous – equalling about 1-million laps around the world counted in flight miles.

TeXtreme is a novel carbon fabric produced by using spread tows instead of using yarns, as has been conventionally done in textile reinforcements for thousands of years. Unlike the conventional textile reinforcements, TeXtreme enables weight savings which no other type of composite reinforcement can match – let alone metals.

Andreas Martsman, VP of Marketing and Sales at Oxeon, says: “This is a case where an investment from airlines in TeXtreme would actually make them save money and not least save the environment.

“If all the airlines and their manufacturers would do this, the potential fuel savings and effect on CO2 emission is enormous. To save millions in fuel costs and at the same time contribute to a greener and more sustainable world should be in everyone’s interest.”

Carbon fibre and other composite reinforcements are already being used in the aerospace industry and a wide range of other markets where a need to reduce component weight is required.

A composite is a combination of materials, such as textile reinforcement embedded in plastics. Carbon fibre is one of the best reinforcements available for producing lightweight products with good mechanical properties on stiffness and strength.

Looking forward, if all airlines worldwide could capture the potential in weight savings through use of TeXtreme, they could save enormous sums of money that could lead to better profits and/or allow enhanced service levels, availability and prices for travellers globally.

TeXtreme Spread Tow carbon reinforcements are used in Formula 1, America’s Cup, advanced aerospace applications and various sporting goods products, such as bicycles.

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