Recycled carbon fiber for aircraft panels

Cannon Ergos, part of the Cannon Group, is working with Boeing to see if recycled carbon fiber can be used to make aircraft cabin interior sidewall panels.

"For several years, together with sister companies Cannon Afros and Cannon Tipos, we have successfully undertaken numerous projects that offer new life to recycled carbon fiber," said Mattia Andolfatto, project manager at Cannon Ergos. "By combining various technologies and production processes tailored for each application, we have been able to effectively process recycled carbon fiber whether impregnated with diverse resins, or already integrated within a thermoplastic matrix. The project with Boeing demonstrates the viability of fabricating interior sidewall panels with high-performance thermoplastics reinforced with recycled carbon fiber."

Cannon Ergos recently installed a customized and thermo-compression unit for making prototype panels, using Mitsubishi’s Kyrontex thermoplastic composite. According to the companies, polyamide (PA), polyetherimide (PEI), polyphenylene sulfide (PPS), polyetheretherketone (PEEK) and polyaryletherketone (PAEK) can all be used as resin matrices to make parts for aerospace.