Melamine resin Basotect
Ultra Light in the Air
Melamine Resin Foam. Boeing, the American aircraft manufacturer, is insulating its new Dreamliner 787 series with Basotect, a sound and heat-absorbing foamed melamine resin supplied by BASF. This is the first time that a BASF foam is used in the mass production of sound insulation for aircraft cabin walls and interior ducting. The development of Basotect UL (ultra light), whose weight of 6g/l makes it 30% lighter than the standard Basotect, is the result of close cooperation between the two companies. In addition, Boeing and BASF developed new methods for testing the use of this special foam in aviation.
The lightweight BASF foam helps to make Boeing’s aircraft more efficient. Its high sound-absorbing capacity and its good thermal insulation properties are important features in Boeing’s concept for the layout of the Dreamliner 787 series: The new aircraft is quieter than aircraft of a comparable size. Pieces cut out of the elastic foamed melamine resin can be fitted easily and quickly in the cabin walls. Moreover, the foam remains flexible at extremely high and very low temperatures without becoming brittle. In addition, the material is highly flame-retardant, so that Basotect also complies with the strict fire-protection standards of aviation authorities.
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