The use of thermoplastic materials to improve aircraft performance, delivery rates and product durability is on the rise in the aerospace industry. Using these materials removes the need for previous metallic structures and opens the door for structures that are more environmentally friendly.
Collins is at the forefront of these material advancements, providing products that are more damage tolerant over thermosets, flexible and easily reformed to meet any shape needed. Our process of combining automation and machinery allows us to deliver products to customers faster than ever before.
Today, Collins is developing capabilities in stamp forming, large skin automated fiber placement (AFP) and welding for large thermoplastic structures.
Thermoplastics are making a significant change in the aerospace industry, as they are now more durable and resist corrosion better than traditional composites. Products born of metal can now be replaced with composites, aiding in reduced weight and increased fuel efficiencies. More importantly, the unique properties of thermoplastics offer superior corrosion and fatigue resistance, as well as undeniable tensile strength, which all prove to outperform metal and thermoset composite predecessors.