N328KF From United States of America, joined May 2004, 6505 posts, RR: 3 Posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2741 times:
With the 787 and other CFRP-based airframes, we are entering a new era of aircraft materials. But what's next? How easy would it be to replace the simple carbon fiber with carbon nanotube fibers? It should be substantially stronger, right? And nanotubes are getting to the point where they can (slowly) make sheets of them. Sounds like a candidate for aircraft construction in a couple of decades.
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Beech19 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 936 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2741 times:
Quoting N328KF (Thread starter): Sounds like a candidate for aircraft construction in a couple of decades.
Quoting A342 (Reply 1): Yes, but the are horribly expensive, right ? There is still a lot to be done, and remember, aviation is quite conservative.
Hence why he said a couple of decades.
I like to remind people of a time when a 640K memory upgrade to your computer was $500-$1000 and people said you would never need more. HA HA HA! You can buy multple GB's worth of ultra high end memory now, let alone multiple computers.
CFRP will become "old technology" just like aluminum construction is today. They will replace it eventually... who knows Tube design will eventually get replaced, its only a matter of time. Back in the 50's when a "powerful" turbojet was producing 10-13K thrust and you told people back then that a pair of 115K thrust motors the size of a small houses would power a 240ft long, 7500nm+ range jet. They probably would have said "that sounds expensive" and maybe even said it was impossible. It will happen... just a matter of when.
BMIE70 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2006, 109 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2617 times:
I don't think nanotubes will replace carbon fibre fabrics as the directional strength capabilities of these fabrics are essential (they allow for optimisation for hoop stress and longitudinal bending). Nanotubes may be added to resins to improve off-axis strength (directions other than the fibre alignment) though.