The commercial aerospace and defense industries are constantly evolving and growing. Currently, production is at its peak with about 38,000 aircraft expected to be produced globally in the next 20 years. With this growth comes the need for efficiency. Manufacturers must meet the increasing demand by using advanced technologies like Armacell’s solution of products.
Reducing Noise is a Sound Investment
Closely aligned with the desire for innovation is the constant need by the sector for ongoing improvements in reducing noise and vibration. Aircraft engines and aerodynamic noise from airflow are responsible for most of the aircraft noise you hear during take-off and climb. Noise levels inside an Airbus A321 have been reported as approximately 78dB - this is approximately 20 decibels louder than recommended levels for an office building!
Some of Armacell’s Monarch flexible elastomeric foam products are on both Raytheon and Boeing’s approved source list for various aerospace applications. Monarch products are closed-cell, synthetic rubber materials that are used to seal out air, dust, moisture and isolate vibration. Also, a number of Armacell ArmaSport cellular rubber products (NBR/PVC blends) have excellent resistance to flame and have been tested to the 12 second vertical burn requirements of FAR 25.853. All these factors make our closed-cell materials an ideal choice for aircraft applications such as surface seals, vibration control components, sound dampening padding and rubber stripping.
Safety Navigating the Sky
Aviation OEM’s require strict smoke, flame and toxicity standards. Armacell is continuously working to improve our products and foam formulations so we may always meet the changing needs of the aerospace industry and its suppliers. Armacell performs extensive smoke, flame and toxic gas emissions testing resulting in a number of Armacell’s products passing the requirements for toxic gas generation for Boeing BSS 7239 and Bombardier SMP 800C. Many of our products also meet the challenging flame requirements of FAR 25.853 and several carry a higher UL 94 Flame Rating (UL 94V-0) than most foam products.
Armacell brings more than half a century of science, expertise and innovation to foam technology that supports aviation and aerospace crafts that fly the friendly skies.