Feasibility Study of a Cost-Effective Composite Materials Maximum Performance Escape System Seat.
BUDD CO FORT WASHINGTON PA TECHNICAL CENTER
Ejection seats used in military aircraft are traditionally fabricated with sheet metal, formed or riveted into a bucket structure. Using conventional metal materials has several drawbacks, namely, high initial production costs required by complexity of manufacture, relatively short service life due to environmental exposure and high maintenance costs. Under the U.S. Navys continuing search for improved escape systems, it is required to explore the potential of using advanced state-of-the-art materials to reduce or eliminate these drawbacks. Composite materials andor a combination of composite and aluminum are explored in this study and appear feasible. Author