Over the last decades, the aerospace industry has pioneered a wide range of materials to support the development of advanced aerospace concepts. These materials include metals, composites, ceramics, coatings and other associated processes.
Today, future materials development at Airbus focuses on the following priorities:
- Sustainability: Minimising resource use and optimising waste disposal of materials can help mitigate an aerospace product’s end-to-end footprint across its global lifecycle, thereby significantly improving its overall environmental performance.
- Multi-functionality: Integrating multiple functions into materials can help reduce lead times during manufacturing and enable predictive maintenance. Further multi-functionality will enable advanced concepts and improve mission performance.
- Digitalisation: Digital modelling and virtual experiments can optimise the performance testing of materials and help reduce their development lead times, thereby accelerating time to market. Designing materials from the molecular structure will accelerate the application of future, sustainable materials.