Published: Jan 1980
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The potential application of composite materials to a very broad range of commercial applications is apparent. Substantial optimism can be justified that these applications will occur because of the many advantages that are inherent in the use of composites. These applications will probably evolve initially on a part and material substitution basis rather than by the design of complete systems or products. The superior structural performance advantages of composites (when applicable), potential and real energy savings, and design flexibility are the principal factors which will provide the impetus for the expanded use of composites for commercial applications. Expanded use is projected as advancing technology provides major reductions in raw material and product fabrication costs.