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One of World's Largest Thermoplastic Aerostructures Assembled

GKN Fokker, NLR (Netherlands Aerospace Centre), Delft University of Technology and SAM|XL, have successfully manufactured one the world’s largest thermoplastic components as part of the Multi-Functional Fuselage Demonstrator (MFFD) project led by Airbus.

This demonstrates how the use of thermoplastic composites can help realise a next-gen fleet of aircraft capable of offering the same strength and durability as aluminium, while drastically reducing the fuselage recurring cost, as well as the overall weight of aircraft and the subsequent emissions. The 8m by 4m composite structure – delivered under the Clean Sky 2 ‘Stunning’ project – will act as the lower half of the fuselage demonstrator.

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