justloveplanes From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 1047 posts, RR: 1 Posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3037 times:
How much testing has Boeing done with lightning suppression on the 787? Can they accurately imitate a severe lightning strike? How have they acheived a confidence level to address this issue given the good history of Aluminum airliners in this area?
KELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6370 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3017 times:
It will be addressed....simulated lightning strikes are part of the certification for a new aircraft Composite aircraft tend to have wire mesh embedded into the outermost layer of composite to create a Faraday Cage (just like a metal aircraft...)
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Lots. Many years in the case of 787 specifically, more than 20 years for the general case of CFRP primary structure. Don't forget, the pointy bits (radome, nacelles, wingtips, empennage) get a disproportionate share of lightning damage and those have been CFRP (except the radome) for 15+ years.