Air cargo containers made with Dyneema and Aeronite
Following two years of flight trials, DoKaSch, a manufacturer of air cargo equipment, has introduced the new AKE lw-65 air cargo containers which it says are the first to be made with RP10 panels made from advanced composite material technology from DSM.
The panels are designed to provide maximum strength at a minimum weight and, according to DoKaSch, are stronger and lighter than traditional aluminum used in cargo containers. This advanced material breakthrough has been enabled through the use of a fibre called Dyneema and Aeronite resin from DSM.
The AKE from DoKaSch is said to be around 20% lighter than standard aluminum containers. A typical mid size cargo fleet will load around 5000 Unit Load Device (ULDs) over the course of a year which could result in savings of up to 1.5 million gallons of fuel, yielding a 28,000 ton reduction in CO2 emissions for airlines.
The DoKaSch lw-65 ULD with rigid RP10 panels replace aluminum sheets and are constructed using the same structural extrusion framework. RP10 panels are said to be up to 4 times stronger than aluminum sheets. It has been designed to have resistance to heavy impacts and general wear and tear, while the RP10 panels have adhesion properties allowing IATA code stickers to be applied.
The DoKaSch lw-65 ULD can also be manufactured in any airline colour.
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