Magnesium Elektron – the weight is over!
18th February 2015
Visitors to Magnesium Elektron’s stand (7A27 in hall B7) at this year’s show will learn about the rapidly growing interest in magnesium as a lightweight material for use in aircraft interiors – particularly in seating.
There is now a certification route for seats containing Elektron®43 magnesium alloy, and the latest revision to SAE standard AS8049, when published later in 2015, will effectively remove the magnesium ban. This is great news for the interiors market since it makes the benefits of lighter-weight materials available with no detrimental impact on performance and without the need for new production techniques.
The main exhibit will be a Piuma EVO seat from Geven, a renowned Italian aircraft interiors manufacturer that is collaborating with Magnesium Elektron on a lightweight version of this already successful seat. This work is part-funded by an 18-month NATEP programme (UK government aerospace technology funding) with Magnesium Elektron as the lead partner and Geven as the non-funded end-user. The objective is to develop a low-cost manufacturing route for major 16g-compatible structural parts made from Elektron®43 magnesium alloy, as well as establishing a UK supply chain. Other partners include Mettis, responsible for developing forging parameters for the alloy, as well as Kenard Engineering, who are developing high-speed/low-waste machining. There will also be a hands-on display illustrating the chosen process route.