Accession Number : ADP006035

Title :   Structural Materials - The Changing Scene,

Corporate Author : BRITISH AEROSPACE PLC WARTON (UNITED KINGDOM) MILITARY AIRCRAFT DIV

Personal Author(s) : Haresceugh, R. I.

Report Date : SEP 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 6

Abstract : Structural materials for use on aircraft have, in the main, evolved by minor development from a previously existing base. These developments, which have been by small increments, have been fairly leisurely in the timescales involved. The major exception to this in the last two decades has been the introduction of fibrous composites which, while achieving a revolutionary change, has been effected against protracted timescale. Developments are currently underway, or are being anticipated, which will require other revolutionary materials to be introduced but to much tighter timescales and against aircraft project requirements. The paper identifies examples where this development should be directed and proposes action necessary to ensure that the materials are developed to a common requirement in the required timescale.

Descriptors :   *AIRCRAFT, *CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS, COMPOSITE MATERIALS, FIBERS, REQUIREMENTS.

Subject Categories : Aircraft
      Economics and Cost Analysis

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE