Incorporating newer elements in presently used honeycomb sandwich material to add structural strength yields fresh possibilities.
Honeycomb sandwich materials: industry beats
The latest entrant among sandwich panels, where thermoplastic polymer honeycomb structure meets metal end-sheets is setting serious market trends. ThermHex’s patented thermoplastic honeycomb core structure, laminated with aluminum skins, has all desired mechanical properties, minus a fifty-percent of its previous weight with usual heavy polymer. Realizing market potential for the technology, TATA Steel announced the launch of Coretinium, under a license agreement with EconCore, for construction and transportation applications. In recent news, EconCore and DuPont also announced collaborative development of panels with ultra-light cores. Commendable material transformation by DuPont have enabled customer-centric customization in these panels.
The much sought after technology, which allows continuous and efficient production of honeycomb core sandwich composite panels from a single polypropylene sheet, is patented by EconCore. Consecutive in-line thermoforming, folding, and bonding result in panels with enhanced mechanical properties. Business segments, based on end-use include aerospace & ship-building, construction, transportation, furnishing & laminates, power & energy, and automotive.
Honeycomb sandwich structure and materials
Honeycomb sandwich structure is crucial to industrial applications as it adds basic economic advantage that comes with light-weight architectures. They are achievable in an industrial scenario using three techniques; basically – expansion, corrugation, molding, and more recently extrusion as well as certain others. Quite literally imitating a natural honeycomb, these structures are tough, stiff, and have high-resilience to compressive forces plus have insulating benefits.
Automated systems render precise tuning of core thickness and density, maintaining sustainability in material usage. A wide range of thermoplastic polymers, carbon fibers, resin-coated papers, fiber paper, and other composites are now available, along with traditionally used metals and alloys in this industry.
Prospects in honeycomb sandwich material market
Analysts suggest manufacturing of around 1700 aircraft units by the mid of upcoming decade.
GE aviation, a leading aircraft manufacturer, intends a dedicated composites and metal fabrication facility in its new plant at Batesville for aircraft engine parts. Honda’s advent into light jet manufacturing with HondaJet, introduces an entire fuselage built of honeycomb sandwich composite rather than conventional aluminum.
Pipeline industries have made the most out of what has been available on their plate this long. Yet, preposterous dormancy in research and development activities among material developers and vendors, demands extended facilities to put scholarly quests to test. Graphene poses tremendous possibilities as a honeycomb sandwich material for developing superconductive electronic components. Novice applications await industry’s attention and focused investment and are bound to return high profit ratios.
According to an analytical report, “Honeycomb Sandwich Material Market - Opportunities and Forecasts, 2015 – 2022,” recently published by Allied Market Research, net market evaluation by 2022 is expected to reach $760.1 million, growing at a CAGR of 10% during the forecast period. The report includes a detailed presentation of key drivers and restraints that affect dynamic structure of the industry. Opportunity segments have been carefully outlined, all segments viewed with stakeholder’s perspective. In-depth company profiles help them strategize their investment policies and plays a vital role in shaping future trends.
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