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Durability of aircraft composite materialsConfidence in the long term durability of advanced composites is developed through a series of flight service programs. Service experience is obtained by installing secondary and primary composite components on commercial and military transport aircraft and helicopters. Included are spoilers, rudders, elevators, ailerons, fairings and wing boxes on transport aircraft and doors, fairings, tail rotors, vertical fins, and horizontal stabilizers on helicopters. Materials included in the evaluation are boron/epoxy, Kevlar/epoxy, graphite/epoxy and boron/aluminum. Inspection, maintenance, and repair results for the components in service are reported. The effects of long term exposure to laboratory, flight, and outdoor environmental conditions are reported for various composite materials. Included are effects of moisture absorption, ultraviolet radiation, and aircraft fuels and fluids.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Langley Research Center
Document Type
Conference Paper
H. Benson Dextern
(Langley Research Center Hampton, Virginia, United States)
Date Acquired
August 11, 2013
Publication Date
November 16, 1982
Publication Information
Publication: Advanced Materials Technology
Publisher: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Volume: NASA/CP-2251
Issue Publication Date: November 1, 1982
Subject Category
Composite Materials
Meeting Information
Meeting: Advanced Materials Technology Seminar
Location: Hampton, VA
Country: US
Start Date: November 16, 1982
End Date: November 17, 1982
Sponsors: Langley Research Center, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Accession Number
Funding Number(s)
PROJECT: RTOP 505-33-33-01
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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