Shaping Future Aerospace Performance with Thermoplastics

Available On-Demand Until March 26, 2015

The aerospace industry is repeatedly tasked with improving fuel efficiency, hitting lean manufacturing goals, and enhancing the service life and safety of today’s aircraft. The challenge is to find innovative materials and solutions that can help remove weight, improve assembly times, and provide reliability in a range of different environments. Thermoplastics have a proven track record of replacing metals and other polymers in order to boost the performance of commercial and military aircraft. This webcast will look at PEEK thermoplastic resins, film, pipe, and materials for composites and examine a case study involving the collaborative efforts taken to develop next-generation clamping technologies for the Boeing 787. The metal replacement clamp achieved significant weight savings, featured an optimized design, and performed in extreme environments. Webcast attendees will be invited to interact with the experts during a question-and-answer segment, and they can participate in a survey for a chance to win a set of high-end headphones that use the latest PEEK film speaker technologies.


Robert Mazzella, Aerospace Market Development Manager, Victrex Polymer Solutions

Robert Mazzella has more than 10 years of experience in high-performance polymers including a focus on thermoplastic composite material, process, and application development for the last five years. He graduated with a B.S. in chemical engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.


Richard Leibfried, Technical Sales and Marketing Manager, Victrex Polymer Solutions

Richard Leibfried has more than 20 years of experience in PEEK and high-performance polymers, including 15 years in technical service and processing development. In addition, he has developed technologies to make thin PEEK films, pipes, and coatings and is involved in application development across several industries including aerospace. Richard graduated with a B.S. in polymer science from Pennsylvania State University.



Lisa Arrigo, SAE International

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