Investigation of Advanced Structural Concepts for Fuselage
KAMAN AEROSPACE CORP BLOOMFIELD CT
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Design concepts are presented and evaluated for the application of fiber reinforced composite materials to fuselage structures. The concepts are evaluated on the basis of cost-effectiveness and performance when specifically applied to the aft fuselage of the Army AH-1G helicopter. Comparisons to the existing metal structure show that several of the new concepts provide significant advantages in initial acquisition cost, life-cycle cost, weight, safety, reliability, and maintainability.