18th March 2014
France based aircraft seat company, Expliseat, has won a JEC Europe award for its innovative lightweight passenger seat. According to the company, the aircraft seat is the first to be made from a combination of titanium and composites which has led to some significant weight advantages.
The total weight of the seat is just 4 kg (8.8 lbs) and could result in an annual fuel saving of $400,000 per aircraft. In addition, the company says that it can also reduce CO2 emission by an impressive 1,000 metric tonnes per aircraft.
As well as being lighter, the composite and titanium seat is slimmer than most current seats which could result in an additional 5 cm extra legroom for the passenger.
The seat was developed in conjunction with molding specialists, RocTool. RocTool’s 3iTech technology (a process that can heat a mold up to 400°C in several minutes or to 120°C in several seconds to accelerate carbon composite part production) was deployed to help meet the challenge of designing and manufacturing composite structural seat parts including tubes.