The principal high performance fibers currently used in advanced composites are graphite, aramid, and boron. In the future, these will be supplemented by other high strength fibers such as alumina, silicon carbide, and boron nitride. Organic matrix composites, which are evolutionary products of fiberglass reinforced plastics, predominate the technology. Carbon matrix composites, now mainly used in missile components and aircraft brakes, may find medical use as implantable substitutes for bone structures. Metal matrix composites are currently used in aerospace applications of a developmental nature. With further technical development, metal matrix composites, especially short fiber composites, may be used in specialty applications, particularly in energy conversion systems. Areas of application of advanced composites that could result in significant secondary impacts are automotive equipment, general and commercial aviation, agriculture, and the industrialization of space. Advanced composites can be a major tool for petroleum energy conservation, especially in transportation.

  • Corporate Authors:

    ARGOS Associates, Incorporated

    12 Glengarry
    Winchester, MA  United States  01890

    National Science Foundation

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  • Authors:
    • Kaiser, R
  • Publication Date: 1978

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  • Pagination: 238 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00185869
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NSF/RA-780053, Final Report
  • Contract Numbers: NSF-ERS77-19467
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 29 2003 12:00AM