Although B&W Fiberglass works with customers in a wide variety of industries, one of the most prolific users of fiberglass year-after-year is the aerospace industry. As the airline industry works to make planes faster, lighter, and more eco-conscious, fiberglass is becoming an increasingly common go-to within the manufacturing process.
First recognized by Boeing in the 1950s for its superior tensile strength and compression abilities, fiberglass is fast-becoming the new standard in aviation manufacturing.
The Applications of Fiberglass Within Aerospace
The commercial airline industry has perhaps the most available uses for fiberglass composites. On the consumer side, fiberglass resin can be used to mold a wide variety of parts such as overhead luggage bins, interior paneling, tray tables, and even flooring and paneling within the body of the plane.
Industrial and military aerospace applications are more concerned with the durable strength of fiberglass components than their cost-effectiveness and aesthetic appeal. From fuel tanks to helicopter blades to cargo containers, the high strength-to-weight ratio of fiberglass as well as its resistance to corrosion make it a smart choice for more demanding aerospace jobs.
What Kind of Planes Utilize Fiberglass?
The newer a commercial airliner is, the more likely it is to contain many fiberglass components, both visible and invisible. Conversely, many old-model commercial planes are slowly being upgraded to replace existing parts with newer fiberglass models, reducing the plane’s overall weight load and making it more durable against constant use from travelers.
In the military aerospace arena, fiberglass is increasingly being used to bolster interior systems such as ductwork, electrical housings, and enclosures for electronic equipment. In military aviation as well as civil, it’s imperative that fiberglass manufacturers work within all FAA regulations and requirements as they pertain to fiberglass materials.
B&W Fiberglass considers the aerospace industry an indispensable partner in the fiberglass business. Today’s planes can be made of up to 50% composite materials, and having a superior team of fiberglass fabrication specialists on hand can be the difference in a successful build and a one-off mistake.
Fiberglass makes planes lighter, more efficient, and is far more affordable than alternatives such as aluminum and steel. Contact B&W Fiberglass today to talk about our work in the Aerospace field and ask how we can make your project run smoother.