Future air mobility will continue to be characterized by the movement of masses and by using energy. It is precisely at these points that composite materials and technologies as well as functional lightweight design can be the key enablers to greater efficiency, higher performance and above all ecological sustainability.
Therefore, a holistic view of the entire value chain and the product life cycle is necessary in order to use composites as a decisive key to an ecologically sustainable air mobility in the future. In addition, composites can be also a key driver for realizing new propulsion concepts based on liquid hydrogen by achieving the required performance and by compensating a higher, expected weight for the cryogenic storage systems.
All in all, composites will be essential to realize zero emission aviation.
CEO Composite Technology Center / CTC GmbH (An AIRBUS Company)
Chairman of the Technical Division Aerospace Technologies of the VDI – Association of German Engineers
Research Group Leader for “Additive Manufacturing & Lightweight Technologies” at the Laboratory for Manufacturing Technology, Helmut Schmidt University Hamburg