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THE recent arrival of the BeagleMiles M.218 light aircraft and the RollsRoyce RB.I62 lightweight lift engine has served as a further reminder of the growing importance of plastics materials to the aircraft industry. The RB.162 makes extensive use of glass fibre reinforced plastics for intake,...
AERONAUTICAL engineers are constantly seeking materials with high strengthlow weight ratios, particularly those who are associated with commercial aircraft design where this aspect is vital, since payload is directly related to economical airline operation.
THE concept of an allplastics airframe has been possible of achievement since the early 1940s but, apart from some special applications, such as radar and radio transparencies, bearings, fuel tanks, etc., the introduction of reinforced bonded materials has been extremely slow. Curiously, and...
THE development of synthetic resin adhesives has proceeded very fast since about 1937 when the first urea formaldehyde wood glues were being produced on a pilot scale. The excellent resistance of these materials to weathering conditions has enabled very considerable advances in structural design...
WITH the development of supersonic aircraft there is an increasing requirement for structural materials operating at elevated temperatures. To ensure optimum utilization of reinforced plastics it is essential to provide the designer with accurate data on performance at these temperatures.
PLASTICS tooling has been accepted progressively in the aircraft industry, particularly during the past decade, mainly because of its elementary manufacturing equipment requirements and the saving it provides in time and labour. However, its continued success depends on knowledge of the...
Under this heading are given each month the principal articles of aeronautical interest appearing in the current issues of the Journals of the leading Professional Societies and Institutions.
THE introduction into both civil and military service of highspeed, highaltitude, turbojetpowered aircraft has posed some particularly formidable problems for the manufacturers of aircraft equipment. As the operational performance of aircraft has increased so too have the demands placed upon the...
THE provision of suitable transparencies for both civil and military aircraft has posed some particularly difficult problems for windscreen and canopy designers during recent years. The relentless increase in the operational performance of fighters, bombers and transports has involved the...
Review of a Broad Selection of Plastics Products being Utilized by the Aircraft Industry emphasizing the Importance of these Materials. The preceding seven articles have covered specific aspects of the application of plastics to aircraft and the industry. We now broaden our horizon to review in...
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