THE RIGHT SOLUTION FOR A LIGHTER FLIGHT
Commercial aircraft represents a fast growing industry with an expected need for about 37,000 new airplanes by 2033. With this demand, airframe manufacturers continue to push technology to achieve lighter, more efficient aircraft to ensure their competitiveness. At the heart of this is the application of advanced material, such as carbon fiber-reinforced plastics (CFRP), titanium (Ti), and aluminum (Al). These materials present challenges in airframe assembly when it comes to drilling precision holes for fasteners. Traditional airframes consist of aluminum materials being fastened together using a “one up” process, meaning there is no post drilling preparation of the hole before fastener insertion. “One up” is much more challenging with advanced materials, given the dissimilar properties of materials such as CFRP and Ti when being stacked and drilled, but Sandvik has the solution.