VC10DC10 From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 1068 posts, RR: 3 Posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3657 times:
Just a question driven by idle curiosity: why have aircraft designers not made wider use of the seemingly pioneering geodetic or geodesic construction principles developed by Barnes Wallis from his experience with airships and then used in aircraft such as the Vickers Wellington?
WesternDC6B From United States of America, joined Mar 2013, 265 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3554 times:
Just a shot in the dark here, but I imagine there'd be limits on things like window shape and placement, cargo and passenger door configuration and placement, pressure bulkhead design, and other such things.
It IS an interesting question, though.
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wingscrubber From UK - England, joined Sep 2001, 862 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3541 times:
No reason why geodesic structure can't be used on modern aircraft, it's just that most modern aircraft (pressurized or not) all seem to be designed with semi-monocoque stressed skin structures, which results in metal/composite panels with stringers/longerons and no need for a geodesic framework. The Wellington had doped fabric skin so the framework was structurally necessary.
Maybe it's worth revisiting though?