Accession Number : ADA325902

Title :   Feasibility Study of a Cost-Effective Composite Materials Maximum Performance Escape System Seat.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. May-Sep 78.

Corporate Author : BUDD CO FORT WASHINGTON PA

PDF Url : ADA325902

Report Date : SEP 1978

Pagination or Media Count : 70

Abstract : Ejection seats used in military aircraft are traditionally fabricated with sheet metal, formed or riveted into a bucket structure. Using conventional metal materials has several drawbacks, namely, high initial production costs required by complexity of manufacture, relatively short service life due to environmental exposure and high maintenance costs. Under the U.S. Navy's continuing search for improved escape systems, it is required to explore the potential of using advanced 'state-of-the-art' materials to reduce or eliminate these drawbacks. 'Composite' materials and/or a combination of composite and aluminum are explored in this study and appear feasible.

Descriptors :   *COST EFFECTIVENESS, *COMPOSITE MATERIALS, *EJECTION SEATS, *ESCAPE SYSTEMS, MAINTENANCE, METALS, ENVIRONMENTS, AIRCRAFT, HIGH COSTS, PRODUCTION, LIFE EXPECTANCY(SERVICE LIFE), EXPOSURE(GENERAL), STATE OF THE ART, MATERIALS, SHORT RANGE(TIME), ALUMINUM, SHEET METAL.

Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis
      Laminates and Composite Materials
      Escape, Rescue and Survival

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE