Cost/Performance Models for Composite Aircraft and Missile Structures
Technical final rept.
MATERIALS SCIENCES CORP FORT WASHINGTONPA
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Innovative design tools are required to identify potential new material candidates for missile and airframe structures. Emerging material technologies, in the form of new material systems and new fabrication processes, provide the motivation to review classic evaluation methodologies. Existing forms of component optimization are one-dimensional implicitly regarding the cost associated with raw materials and component fabrication as a constant. The advent of new, more cost effective materials and processes necessitates the coupled consideration of both structural optimization and minimized cost.