3/23/2017 | 1 MINUTE READ

Norsk Titanium's Rapid Plasma Deposition Delivers Airbus Test Parts

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The titanium sample parts are currently undergoing engineering analysis.


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Norsk Titanium AS has announced that a first shipment of Airbus test parts manufactured via its Rapid Plasma Deposition (RPD) process has been received and finish machined by Premium Aerotec with positive results.

The titanium Ti-6Al-4V sample parts, for which Premium Aerotec holds design authority, are currently undergoing engineering analysis at the company's testing facilities. Results will be used for the qualification program in a joint approach between Norsk Titanium and Premium Aerotec as the next step to develop full industrial technology maturity.

“We ordered samples of two of our proprietary Airbus A350 XWB parts and were pleasantly surprised how quickly they arrived and how efficiently we were able to machine Norsk Titanium’s near-net-shape RPD components into finished test pieces,” said Dr. Joachim Schmidt, head of parts production at the Premium Aerotec Varel Plant.

“This fast-track qualification program is a great example of the value proposition RPD brings to our commercial aerospace partners,” said Norsk Titanium Chief Commercial Officer Chet Fuller. “We turned Aerotec ’s 3D CATIA files into flyable titanium parts in a matter of weeks under a cost reduction effort that could ultimately save Airbus $2 to 3 million per aircraft.”

In addition to the Norsk Titanium parts currently in testing, Premium Aerotec supplies fuselage shells and sections, wing components, floor structures, the pressure bulkhead, and the main landing gear attachment for the high-tech Airbus A350 XWB. The company also supplies the pressure bulkhead and titanium components for the composite Boeing 787 Dreamliner.