Advanced composite materials provide substantial weight savings over conventional metal structure, and for the new generation of aircraft, offer a significant improvement in range, performance, and fuel economy. Current developments in composite technology for commercial transports include fabrication and flight service evaluation of composite structures, which range from lightly loaded fairings and secondary structure such as control surfaces, to primary structural parts such as the L-1011 vertical fin, floor posts, and beams. Primary activities in materials and process development include evaluation of composite durability, development of new resin matrix systems for improved environmental and heat resistance, and development of low-cost processing techniques such as pultrusion and thermoforming.

  • Corporate Authors:

    American Society for Metals

    Metals Park, OH  United States  44073
  • Authors:
    • Stone, R H
  • Publication Date: 1976

Media Info

  • Pagination: 6 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00178478
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Report/Paper Numbers: No. 76-57
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 19 1978 12:00AM