Low Cost, Fiber Glass Reinforced Plastic Fuel Tank. Volume I.
Final rept. May 70-Jun 72,
WHITTAKER CORP SAN DIEGO CALIF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT DIV
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Fiber glass reinforced plastic composite fuel tanks 300 gal. for the A7D aircraft are developed and tested. The primary objective is to demonstrate feasibility of utilizing fiber reinforced plastic composite materials for fabrication of aircraft tankage on a production basis at low cost. This is satisfactorily met. A cost projection for production quantities of plastic fuel tanks above a 38 cost saving over metal tanks for a 1200-unit production run. The tank developed utilizes woven glass roving and epoxy resin for the main shell and polyester sheet molding compound for the nose and tail cone assemblies. Author, modified-PL
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