Composites take off without a parachute

King, J. Composites take off without a parachute. Materials World, 5 (6), pp. 324-327.


The review is devoted to the cost effectiveness of composite materials applications as compared with their high performance characteristics. The use of reinforced plastics, ceramic matrix and metal matrix composites reinforced by carbon and graphite fibers in aerospace industry is considered. Until recently, the two major drivers for the application of composites in engines have been weight reduction and performance improvement. As shown, today a major challenge to be met by the industry is cost reduction.

Divisions: Aston University (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: aerospace industry,high performance composites,aircraft materials,ceramic matrix composites,cost effectiveness,metallic matrix composites,reinforced plastics,composite materials,Ceramics and Composites,Metals and Alloys
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