SEKISUI Aerospace Thermoplastic Blocker Door
Genesis of your product. why and for whom?
This project and technology are funded by SEKISUI Aerospace for the development of a thermoplastic blocker door achieving improvements in these areas:
- Fewer parts in final assembly
- Environmental impact
- Per-part cycle times
- In-service part failure
- Life-cycle cost
- Acoustic treatment
Benefits for the final customers?
The reasons for transitioning from metal to composite (thermoplastic) materials specific to blocker door geometries include:
- Reduced weight
- Longer life (fatigue)
- Lower cost (geometry dependent and buy-to-fly ratio)
- Chemical resistance (Skydrol)
The product : materials and processes
Blocker doors are primary components of thrust reverser systems on modern commercial jets that redirect engine bypass air through cascades that move the airflow out and forward, reversing the engine thrust direction during landing. SEKISUI Aerospace developed a one-piece, rib stiffened, thermoplastic blocker door using compression molding, redesigning a 787 blocker door to prove the concept.