Saint-Gobain provides a range of high-performance products for aeronautical and aerospace market stakeholders
Through Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics, the Group provides a wide range of high-performance plastics specially designed for the aeronautical market and able to withstand extreme temperatures: bearings, cable sheaths, seals and foams, plastic structures for passenger seats, plastic release film for molding composites, etc.
Saint-Gobain Coating Solutions supplies hundreds tons of Yttrium Stabilized Zirconia powders to main aero engine makers to produce thermal barrier coatings.
Saint-Gobain Abrasives coated and bonded abrasives are used for aircraft turbine fans and cowlings. Saint-Gobain Ceramic Materials manufactures ceramic powders and ingots for high thermal resistance coatings. These innovative coatings are used by the main aircraft engine manufacturers as thermal barriers to protect essential components in hot parts of the engine.
Saint-Gobain ADFORS manufactures Vetrotex glassfiber, used for composite parts in aircraft providing them with impact and fire resistance properties.
Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics also supplies aircraft radomes. Radomes are domes made from composite materials that protect meteorological radar and satellite communication system antennas. Thanks to Saint-Gobain radomes, passengers can now surf the Internet and watch live television during their flight.
NASA’s Curiosity rover has ball bearings fitted with Rulon® bearings in its robotic arms and drilling and surface removal tools. Curiosity’s radiation detector uses a plastic scintillator made by Saint-Gobain Crystals that detects and identifies neutrons. This material emits light when exposed to radiation. A sensor then transforms this into an electric signal, which provides NASA with data about the radiation levels on the planet’s surface.