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Questions tagged [composite-materials]

Composite materials technically include any material made up of at least two constituents, such as metal alloys, but more commonly refer to plastic, ceramic, or carbon composites.

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How do composite aero structures compare against metallic structures in crash resistance?

is there any information available comparing the difference in crash resistance between composite mainly carbon or fiberglass polymers etc vs conventional metallic mainly aluminum aircraft structures.
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3-D Printed Carbon Fiber UAV Skin

aviation pros! New to the aviation/RC world and would like to ask a serious question about using composites for the skin of a UAV I am developing my first time out. Want to use carbon fiber for a ...
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Is there a flexible “cloth-like” material that can be used as “skin” for a non-conventional wing?

I am in the very early stages of playing with the idea of an ornithopter derived aircraft. The intention is to be able to scale the resulting aircraft, to passenger (or useful payload) carrying ...
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What are typical resins used in carbon fiber for aircraft? Are any resins impossible to recycle?

What types of resins are typically used in elements of aircraft, such as structural beams or sheets? Are some of these commonly used resins more easy to recycle than others? I've that Pyrolysis and ...
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Does the C series from Bombardier incorporate composite materials into the fuselage and/or wings?

Does the C series from Bombardier incorporate composite materials into the fuselage and/or wings? If so, what material is used, and where is it applied. Because of Airbus's 50% market share in the ...
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What materials are used for aircraft windshields?

Is hard plastic or some form of plastic replacing glass in aircraft windshields? Any idea/companies/players in this field?? I have heard there is recent trend as plastics are light in weight and have ...
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Is TGA analysis required for composites used in low speed subsonic aircraft?

I need to analyse the temperature drop effects on glass-fiber reinforced polymer (GFRP) used in aircraft subjected to icing, how can it be done? Does thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) help or is it ...
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How do GFRP and CFRP compare?

I have seen that aircraft mostly use CFRP (carbon fiber reinforced polymer) in large composition. But in some places like the leading edge of the wing, fin, and radome, GFRP (glass-fiber reinforced ...
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How are wood and canvas wings able to sustain damp and bad weather?

Small aircraft have used and still use at least for wings, and perhaps for fuselage, material like wood and canvas, as visible on the bottom side of this wing: Robin DR400, source: aeroVFR Which ...
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Are carbon fiber/composite aircraft at greater risk from lightning? [duplicate]

Modern jetliners are protected from lightning by their metal skin. When they are struck by lightning, the electricity almost invariably travels through the skin and out the other side without damaging ...
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Can composite materials be used on super-sonic aircraft? [closed]

Can composite materials be used in aircraft that can fly super sonic.
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Why is an aircraft carrier's arresting cable made from steel?

Steel seems to be what modern aircraft carrier arresting cables are made from. It's strong, provides some elasticity, and serves its purpose well. However, it does need to be changed after every so ...
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How well does a composite fuselage deal with lightning?

The metal fuselage of an aircraft, being highly conductive, protects occupants, interior components and fuel from the effects of lightning by conducting the electricity around them. Some newer ...
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Can delamination be detected early?

When a composite structure is hit, the impact causes shockwaves which travel through the structure, and cause delamination. Delamination reduces the strength of the composite structure and may cause ...
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Are composite materials, which are being widely used in newer aircrafts, better at handling bird strikes?

So my question is simple, do the current composite materials handle bird strikes better than their predecessors, or they are not part of forward facing components/areas. For example the Boeing ...