Lightweight material offers fresh potential

Icon Polymer has introduced a lighter weight material for aircraft seals. The material is said to offer weight reductions of around 20% when compared with standard silicone rubber materials.

ICONlite has low specific gravity silicone yet maintains its mechanical and chemical properties. It also allows variable densities to be tuned to the requirements of the platform. Icon Polymer estimates that the seals can save 240kg of weight on an aircraft.

Tim Pryce, chief executive at the company, said: "The potential savings are massive and we are already in conversation with several leading global manufacturers and tier one suppliers about the integration of ICONlite products into their designs."

Justin Cunningham

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