Minneapolis, Minnesota -- At SAMPE, 3M Aerospace will launch its 3M Polyurethane Protective Tape 8734NA for co-curable protection. This tape is designed to provide a durable barrier against impact and erosion damage on composite aircraft parts.
SAMPE is the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering's 2012 Conference, being held 21-24 May in Baltimore, Maryland.
The tape offers protection for composite parts in high-temperature areas, such as engine composite fan blades and heated leading edges where traditional surface protection products are not sufficient, 3M says.
With this solution, aircraft owners can cut maintenance costs, increase up-time and enable safer aircraft. Polyurethane Protective Tape 8734NA is co-cured into composite structures representing the next generation of performance and convenience for maintaining the integrity of aircraft composite parts, the company said.
A seamless repair paste is also available to offer users faster, simpler and more cost-effective repairs.
3M Aerospace engineer Dr Patrick Zimmerman will co-chair the Fire Safety component of the technical programme on 22 May. 3M has been active in the development of the FAA's new policy statement for the 14CFR 25.853 code on aircraft interiors, through Zimmerman's participation in the FAA Fire Testing Standardization Working Group.
3M Aerospace will introduce other new offerings, including a void filling compound and a low density bonding compound as well as a fortified tooling prepreg, designed to improve tool cycle life with improved surface hardness for scratch reduction and other benefits.