Airbus Explores Aircraft Potential for Nanocomposites in China

Airbus opened a new lab on nanocomposite materials research jointly with the National Center for Nanoscience and Technology of China. Photo courtesy of Airbus

The Airbus Beijing Engineering Center (ABEC) in collaboration with the National Center for Nanoscience and Technology of China has opened a new lab where engineers will research the use of polymer nanocomposities for aeronautical applications.

Under a new agreement between the two entities, researchers at the new lab will explore the use of electrically conducive nanocomposites for aeronautical applications. The research will be jointly conducted by ABEC engineers and a group of top Chinese academies and universities, including NCNST, Tsinghua University, Sun Yat-Sen University, HK University of Science and Technology and Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

“Research and innovation are key drivers for Airbus and we think highly of China’s innovation abilities. China is a leader in the field of nanoscience, I am confident that we are able to contribute to the pragmatic application of nanoscience in the aeronautic industry,” said Francois Mery, COO of Airbus China commercial aircraft.

ABEC already contributes to specific design work related to the A380 and A350.

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