Composite Materials and Sandwich Structures - A Primer
Educational note no. 4
R-TEC ROLLING HILLS ESTATE CA
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Improving the performance of aircraft and other military hardware is of prime concern to designers. The designers strive to build the military hardware which is light with improved performance and at the same time have low acquisition and life cycle costs. Recent developments in structures and materials technologies along with advancements in propulsion and flight control systems has resulted in quantum advancements in the performance of aircraft and other military structures. Current military hardware has greater reliability and low maintenance cost. The major factors contributing to the improved performance of military hardware have been advanced materials and new structural concepts. New materials such as composites and structural concepts such as sandwich construction have resulted in lighter structural designs with superior performance. Elements of composite and sandwich structures are discussed here. It is not possible to cover every aspect of this vast subject. The purpose here is to impart the basic knowledge so that the people involved in the structural repairs will have better understanding of the repair processes.
- Laminates and Composite Materials