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Application of Composites in Aircraft Industry

The use of fibre reinforced composites has become increasingly attractive alternative to the conventional metals for many aircraft components mainly due to their increased strength, durability, corrosion resistance, resistance to fatigue and damage tolerance characteristics. Composites also provide greater flexibility because the material can be tailored to meet the design requirements and they also offer significant weight advantages. Carefully designed individual composite parts, at present, are about 20-30% lighter than their conventional metal counterparts. Although all-composite airplanes are now available in the world market, yet advances in the practical use of composite materials should enable further reduction in the structural weight of airplane. The composite materials used in aircraft industry are generally reinforced fibres or filaments embedded in a resin matrix.

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