Constellium Team Awarded the Medal of the Academy by the Air and Space Academy for Developing Airware

28th November 2016

Constellium N.V. has announced that three of its researchers have been awarded the Medal of the Academy by the Air and Space Academy (AAE) for their achievement in developing  Airware® aluminium solutions. The Airware® aluminium-lithium alloys’ lower density and improved material properties allow aircraft primary structures to be optimized, leading to an overall weight reduction and a drop in CO2 emissions.

The AAE aims to encourage the development of high-quality scientific, technical, cultural and human actions, as well as to promote knowledge in these areas, acting as a focal point for activities in France and Europe. The Medal of the Academy recognizes individuals who significantly contribute to progress in the aerospace industry.

Timothy Warner, Knowledge Director and Metallurgy Group Manager, Alireza Arbab, Project Manager, and Bruno Chenal, Strategic Innovation Director, received the medal at the annual Solemn Session held by the AAE on November 25, 2016 in Toulouse, France. “This Medal is a testimony to Constellium’s R&D commitment to advance the potential of aluminium and to fulfill our aerospace customers’ needs and innovative ambitions,” said Bruno Chenal, Constellium’s Strategic Innovation Director. “We are particularly proud that Airware® is now flying on the most prestigious aircraft and space programs, such as the Airbus A350 XWB, Bombardier’s CSeries, the SpaceX Falcon Launcher and Lockheed Martin’s Orion Capsule.”

Airware® is a major component in the advanced materials portfolio of the A350 XWB manufactured by Airbus. At the same AAE session, Fabrice Brégier, President and CEO of Airbus, received the Academy’s Grand Award for his decisive role in the excellence of the A350 XWB program.

Airware® is the result of decades of R&D to support the most innovative aerospace programs. Constellium’s Airware® was launched in 2010 as a comprehensive offer of high-performance aluminium-lithium alloys, best suited to feature in all parts of the primary aerostructure. Airware® guarantees higher durability due to its greater resistance to fatigue and corrosion, which enable airlines to target extended intervals of heavy maintenance. Airware® is endlessly recyclable without any loss of properties. The technology contributes to the development of a sustainable aerospace industry.

Supporting the industry’s endeavours to reduce its carbon footprint, Constellium continues to develop advanced Airware® alloy solutions and manufacturing technologies by working together with R&D teams of the world’s major aerospace manufacturers.