Accelerated Insertion of Materials - Industrial Perspectives on Polymer Matrix Composites
BOEING CO BERKELEY MO
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In June 2001, a group of eight people from various functions involved with the insertion of polymer matrix composite materials in airframe structures via qualification of materials and certification of structure met to capture What are the problems or issues that arise when inserting a new composite material into new design or an existing product This was one of several such groups that later included certification customer groups as well. The results of these groups, which included disconnect between materials development and the intended use to the material Figure 1 and the high cost of rework Figure 2, were used to focus the developments of Accelerated Insertion of Materials - Composites AIM-C that has the objective to demonstrate concepts, approach, and tools that can accelerate the insertion of new materials into Department of Defense products. The AIM-C concept Figure 3 is to utilize knowledge heuristics, lessons learned, existing data, analysis techniques, and experimentation to develop a designer knowledge base technical and production readiness information from the outset, rather than the more traditional approach of sequential, unlinked research and development, sometimes locally optimized without a production readiness transition path. The composite materials program is using carbon fiberepoxy based resins for demonstration and validation at this time.
- Laminates and Composite Materials