As stated in the jet-fuel section above, the development of the use of Biofuel for Aerospace is a necessary condition to achieve the CO2 emission reduction targets. Another necessary condition is to work towards lighter Aircrafts in order to reduce the fuel consumption, hence the increased use of composites in the Aircrafts structures (50% of the structure in the A350 for example). Composite materials characteristics (namely weight-strength ratio) are indeed particularly interesting in reducing the weight of aircrafts Malaysia, through CTRM (which in volume is the fourth composite part provider of Airbus) is already fully part of this trend, and AMIC objectives here are to provide assistance in order to reduce lead time delivery, and the energy consumption needed to manufacture one part through the introduction of new and innovative manufacturing processes. One key aspect in achieving these goals will be to team up with local universities and nurture competencies of key importance such as manufacturing engineering and design capabilities. In order to reach this ambitious target, a benchmark (Spoiler) has been selected, and key technologies/competences will be demonstrated on this benchmark, allowing AMIC and its partner to focus the research on actual needs.
New Malaysian Airline System (MAS) Airbus A380-800 to be launched in June 2012
“CTRM has extensive composite manufacturing installations” Status: Projects and partners have been selected to tackle with these objectives.