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Military aircraft have utilized fiber reinforced composites for more than twenty years. The bulk of this use has been glass fiber reinforced plastics, which has provided both improved structural efficiency and lower cost. Recently, the advent of high modulus composites has led to its use in highly loaded, stiffness critical wings and control surfaces, as well as other structures.
This chapter details the major structural design approaches used for fiber composites in aircraft and summarizes several applications.
composite materials, fibers, aircraft, composite structures, structural analysis, design, wings, fuselages
Structures engineerpresident, North American Rockwell Corp.Composite Structures Engineering, ColumbusWorthington, OhioOhio