BlatantEcho From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 2010 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (8 years 4 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 7694 times:
As the name indicates, 'composite' materials are just that, blends of different materials.
Everyday cement is a composite in the true sense of the word.
I'm a quite sure we'll continue to see new and exciting materials engineered all the time.
There is always a grain of salt that must be taken with a new 'miracle' material though. Much time, energy and testing must be done.
Carbon has been in the world, and niches like sailing, for decades, but the process must be somewhat mature and workable before the benefits can be realized in mass production of airframes.
Good find though, there is so much exciting development going on in material sciences.
I kind of doubt it. The information on CentrAL is a bit sketchy yet but it's unlikely to beat CFRP in all applications (just as CFRP doesn't beat metal in all applications). I'm very interested in their claim of higher strength than CFRP...for anything involving aluminum, that's a huge claim.
A350 From Germany, joined Nov 2004, 1129 posts, RR: 21
Reply 4, posted (8 years 4 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 7145 times:
What exactly is the difference to GLARE which is also an Al based composite? Keep in mind, it is used in the A380 skin and claimed to be very fatigue resitant, too. And isn't GLARE developped in Delft (The Netherlands), too?