A new biocomposite meets the strongest requirements of aerospace and automotive industries since it combines strength and durability with lightweight and sustainability.
Aerospace and transport industries are in dare need of sustainable materials, especially those being able to fast cure.UK-based EcoTechnilin has introduced exactly such a material to the market.
FibriRock panels are able to cure in less than 150 seconds. This is between 10 and 20 times faster than conventional materials!
FibriRock is a bio-based sandwich composite which combines flax/basalt skins and bioresin based on sugar. The sustainable, organic material (flax and bioresin) makes up over 55% of the composite. Over 30% is basalt, which is greener and more temperature resistant than glass.
The composite comprises a nomex-type core that is a material well known for excellent fire performance and lightweight. The new biocomposite has already been used in lightweight galley carts. In addition, the composite is said to find application in partitions, tables, seat bases of planes and trains.
Last year FibriRock won the sustainability award at the 2015 JEC Composites Show in Paris.