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May 2008 edition

GKN develops new fuel bladder material

A new material has been launched that could significantly reduce the use of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and manufacturing times. GKN Aerospace has developed a single-skin flexible fuel bladder material that offers crash resistance and puncture tolerance.

Frank Bamford, senior vp of business development and strategy, said: "We estimate that the use of this material could lead to a 60 per cent reduction in the use of VOCs and a 30 per cent reduction in manufacturing times - while the weight of each fuel bladder could be reduced by around five per cent through the removal of the adhesive coatings used in traditional bladder construction."

Fuel bladders have traditionally been made using multi....

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