Advanced plastics and composites are widely used in the Aerospace Industry and have revolutionized modern aircraft. The use of such materials can result in numerous benefits over traditional metallic materials, such as superior strength, stiffness, corrosion resistance, flame and smoke retardation, creep and fatigue characteristics, reduction in maintenance costs, etc.
The ability of various resins to maintain stiffness at high temperatures has led to the widespread use of polymer based compounds in aircraft engine components.
The aerospace industry in Northern Ireland is one of the key contributors to economic wealth, with large OEMs such as Bombardier Aerospace and B/E Aerospace being world leaders in their field. Additionally, there are numerous SMEs with a key influence in the sector, from design consultancies to component suppliers.