Today’s aerospace market is evolving as it responds to demands to decrease fuel costs and improve manufacturing speeds. One solution has been to incorporate lightweight composites into every aspect of the design and manufacturing process, as cited in Design News.
Yet in continued efforts to meet production demands while ensuring reliable operation of interior parts, aircraft OEMs are finding more solutions to address other challenges. Let’s take a look at what some of these aircraft interior design challenges and solutions are:
1. Designing Standardized Mechanisms
Using standardized and previously validated solutions, such as latching and hinging applications for aircraft interiors, save OEMs time and money. Additionally, product development teams have more confidence from the start and do not need to invest energy in multiple design versions.
Other advantages to standardized mechanisms include:
- Reduced product validation process (one solution works across multiple platforms)
- Ability to maximize functionality in the aircraft, such as seating and interior cabin applications
- Reliability of operation (leads to increased perception of airline quality)
2. Making Lightweight Mechanisms Appear Heavier
Aircraft designers understand that certain lightweight functional mechanisms in aircraft interiors, such as tray tables, may cause passengers to associate lighter weight with lower quality.
To address these concerns, they are using position control hinges with pre-engineered friction technology. This technology can make a lightweight tray table appear heavier.
Additionally, these standardized hinging solutions enhance control of motion and help with vibration dampening, cites Design News.
3. Increasing Security Measures
Aircraft designers are also using standardized mechanisms to address safety and security challenges. For example, new, electronically actuated push-to-close latches are being implemented throughout aircraft interiors. They offer a discreet way to achieve remote access and security in the cabin.
These devices also have space and power reduction capabilities, which reduces the aircraft’s operational footprint.
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