The major objective of this study was to identify issues related to the introduction of new materials and the effect that advanced materials will have on the durability and technical risk of future civil aircraft throughout their service life. The committee investigated the new materials and structural concepts that are likely to be incorporated into next-generation commercial aircraft and the factors influencing application decisions. Based on these predictions, the committee attempted to identify the design, characterization, monitoring, and maintenance issues that are critical for the introduction of advanced materials and structural concepts into future aircraft. This study focuses primarily on airframe structures of large subsonic commercial transport aircraft with the understanding that many of the issues identified will also apply to smaller general aviation planes (both fixed and rotary wing). The emphasis of this study is, for the most part, restricted to primary and secondary airframe structures.

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    National Academy of Sciences

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  • Publication Date: 1996


  • English

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  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 83 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00728615
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309053900
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 22 1996 12:00AM