Back to polyurethane versatility: from aircraft to space industry

Polyurethane equipment is widely used across transportation industry, prominently in automotive sector but also in public and commercial transportation with measurable results in energy savings and weight reduction. Also, aircraft industry is one of transportation applications where polyurethane is unique compared to other similar materials. When boarding your next flight, hopefully headed to a dream destination, take some time to have a look around the cabin. If you pay attention, you will notice how much polyurethane is around you even inside a complex and sophisticated vehicle as an aircraft.

Ekosystem in the clouds

In Ekosystem, there is one person who knows everything about airplanes and especially about gliders. He is one of the founders of Ekosystem, Mr. Angelo Rivolta, CEO and Technical Director. Not only a skilled and experienced polyurethane specialist, our CEO is also a passionate of aviation. This interest led him to study the principles of aviation and become a glider pilot. And surprisingly, his passion for polyurethane is connected to his interest in everything related to flying.

Keep reading the article to find out how much polyurethane is used in the aircraft industry!

The main polyurethane equipment on airplanes

There are many reasons why aircraft industry relies so much on polyurethane equipment and one of them is versatility. Polyurethane is widely recognized as one the most versatile materials and this is why it is used in multiple applications, indeed. Alongside its versatility, polyurethane is widely used because of its unmatched lightness, durability and resistance to abrasion which make it also a sustainable choice in the long term. Polyurethane can also protect the aircraft from temperature variations and, thanks to its sound-absorbing properties, it also provides a strong sound barrier to protect the interior of the cabin and the passengers. In aircraft industry, polyurethane is an example of material which can be applied in commercial, private and military aircraft indistinctly, including airplanes, gliders and other types of aircrafts.

Starting from the cabin, polyurethane equipment is all around airplanes, especially in structural elements. Airlines seats, armrests or deck pads are often made of flexible polyurethane foam as it provides special comfort and durability. Instead, parts like dividers between class segments or passengers cabin walls are often made of rigid polyurethane foam due to its resistance and durability.

Polyurethane equipment in the space

Due to its incredible versatility, polyurethane equipment is also typical of spacecraft industry. Did you know that even NASA implemented the use of polyurethane in space shuttle in the past? The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) chose polyurethane to insulate the external fuel tanks of rockets. The goal was to find the most suitable material to keep the fuel tank insulated from very drastic external temperatures (approx. -217 °C). The layer of polyurethane used to insulate the tank provided optimum insulation and it does not affect the weight of the fuel tank as it is ultra lightweight and extremely durable.

Fly high with Ekosystem machinery

Performance and accuracy are absolutes in aircraft and aerospace industries, this requiring more and more advanced technologies and solutions. Polyurethane equipment is one of them, contributing to build light but resistance and durable airplanes. To this end, Ekosystem comes into play with the design, manufacturing and customization of cutting-edge PU foaming machines and plants.

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