Passenger Aircraft Door Hinge
Genesis of your product. why and for whom?
Airbus A380 had a serious weight problem. The door hinge was identified to show potential weight saving. First version in aluminum was replaced by a CFRP with foam core to bring down the weight. By using water soluble mandrels a hollow structure could be obtained to achieve even more weight savings.
Benefits for the final customers?
Weight reduction, thermal insulation, corrosion resistance (no special surface treatment necessary).
The product : materials and processes
Passenger aircraft door hinge made of CFRP. RTM6 process using water soluble mandrels to create a complex internal hollow structure.