Topic: Atmospheric plasma surface treatment of carbon-fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) in aircraft construction prior to adhesive bonding and painting.

New materials in aircraft construction: efficient pretreatment with atmospheric plasma

Aircraft construction has seen a fundamental shift in the materials used in that industry. In the past, aluminum alloys were used almost exclusively for aircraft outer skin and stringers. Today, these components are manufactured primarily from carbon-fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP).
The first industrial application of these materials goes back to 2007, when Boeing used them in its B787 and Dreamliner aircraft. CFRP has been further enhanced since then and today the Airbus A350WXB consists of more than 40% CFRP materials, to cite one example.

Surface treatment with Openair® Plasma in aircraft construction is an innovation driver that offers many outstanding advantages:

  • Plasma pretreatment improves stability of CFRP components.
  • Openair® plasma enables reliable high-quality processing in downstream bonding and painting operations.
  • Openair® plasma makes possible for the first time selective, robot-guided inline plasma pretreatment on large-format components.
  • Only an atmospheric process is feasible for pretreatment of such components because of their large dimensions.

Plasmatreat USA, Inc
2541 Technology Drive, Suite 407
Elgin, IL 60124

Phone: +1 847-783-0622
Fax: +1 847-783-0991

Contact: Mr. Jeff Leighty

Plasmatreat USA, Inc
4th State, Inc.
1260 Elmer Street
Belmont, CA 94002

Phone: +1 650 596 1606
Fax: +1 650 596 1180

Contact: Mr. Wally Hansen

Plasmatreat North America Inc.
1480 Sandhill Dr., Unit 8,
Ancaster, ON L9G 4V5

Phone: +1 905 304-5200
Fax: +1 905 304-5260

Contact: Mr. Tim Smith

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