Advanced Design Composite Aircraft
Final technical rept. 25 Jun-19 Dec 1975
ROCKWELL INTERNATIONAL LOS ANGELES CA LOS ANGELES AIRCRAFT DIV
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This study was conducted to identify the payoff of advanced composite materials, in comparison to advanced metallic materials, for design of future fighter aircraft in the early 1980 time period. A mission, typical of a deepstrike, supersonic penetration, interdiction fighter, is selected for use in the design of an all-composite fighter incorporating advanced composite materials into 70 to 80 percent of its empty weight. The cost, weight, and performance characteristics of this aircraft are compared to a fighter, designed to the same mission, which utilizes advanced metallic structure and about 10 percent of advanced composite materials.
- Attack and Fighter Aircraft
- Laminates and Composite Materials
- Metallurgy and Metallography