On Aug. 14 2015, the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), which develops standards for both the automotive and aviation industries, published SAE AS8049 Revision C, in which a key statement that had previously read “Magnesium alloys shall not be used” was changed to this new wording: “Magnesium alloys may be used in aircraft seat construction provided they are tested to and meet the flammability performance requirements in the FAA Fire Safety Branch document: Aircraft Materials Fire Test Handbook – DOT/FAA/AR-00/12, Chapter 25, Oil Burner Flammability Test for Magnesium Alloy Seat Structure.”

Elektron® 43 and Elektron® 21 are the only magnesium alloys that have already met the cited performance requirements by passing extensive flammability tests conducted by the FAA, including seven full-scale aircraft interior tests (for the complete test report, see http://www.fire.tc.faa.gov/pdf/AR11-13.pdf). Developed specifically for demanding aerospace applications, these alloys are high-performance materials that are designed to withstand high temperatures and be resistant to corrosion. Both alloys have proven, long-term performance records, including critical applications in jet engines and military aircraft.

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