Design, Manufacturing, and Performance Standard for Composite Materials Used on Aircraft Seat Structures
This SAE Aerospace Recommended Practice (ARP) defines additional documentation, environmental considerations, in-service damage limits, test and evaluation criteria necessary to support certification of aircraft seats manufactured using composite materials, in addition to requirements in AS8049 and ARP5526. This document is limited to aircraft seat composite parts in the seat primary load path from the occupant to the attachments of the seat to the aircraft.
The term “composite” is inclusive of any fiber-reinforced polymer matrix materials such as carbon fiber-reinforced plastics, sandwich panels and bonded structure.
There has been interest in the use of composite (e.g., carbon fiber or glass-reinforced plastics) structures in seating systems. Historically, the design, fabrication, inspection, and maintenance of aircraft seats has centered on the use of metallic structures. The development and certification of metallic aircraft seats has also benefitted from long term in-service use. The use of composite materials requires additional standards to maintain the current level of aircraft seat safety and performance.