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Filament winding - Waking the sleeping giantThe use of filament winding (FW) in the production of aerospace composite structures is examined. The FW process applies spools of fiber and prepreg tow or prepreg tape to a male mandrel; the process is more efficient and cost effective than metallic construction. The fibers used in FW and the curing process are explained. The reduced storage and fabrication costs that result from FW are discussed. The use of FW to produce a filament-wound case for a solid rocket motor and the substructure and skin of an aircraft fuselage are described. Areas which require further development in order to expand the use of FW are listed and discussed.
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Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
Freeman, W. T., Jr.
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Stein, B. A.
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 12, 2013
Publication Date
October 1, 1985
Publication Information
Publication: Aerospace America
Volume: 24
ISSN: 0740-722X
Subject Category
Mechanical Engineering
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