Expliseat Wins JEC Award for Titanium/Composite Aircraft Seat

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.

 

The Expliseat Titanium / Composite Aircraft Seat

 

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.

 

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