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Metal Composite Replaces Traditional Materials in New Flight Simulator

Metal Composite Replaces Traditional Materials in New Flight Simulator Metal Composite Replaces Traditional Materials in New Flight Simulator BY replacing traditional aluminium Metawell is manufactured by Cookson sheet and timber with a composite Industrial Materials, who claims that metal substrate, Rediffusion Simulation weightsavings of more than 50 per cent Ltd (RSL) can accommodate extra are achievable over single metal sheet of equipment in its new "Concept 90" the same thickness. Jim Hepple confirms prototype, and still meet overall weight "we soon realised that by using Meta­ restrictions govering flight simulators. well in the doors of the new simulator Jim Hepple, an RSL senior mechani­ we would reach or weight target." cal design engineer, describes the use of Metawell, a metal sandwich structure out. The surfaces which, according to Self supporting hinge made with lightweight metal sheets Cookson will accept a variety of bonded to a trapezoidal centre, as a Rediffusion has also been able to finishes, have been painted on one "major breakthrough for our designers. simplify the doors' design and assembly. surface with light grey acrylic paint to It meets the usual dynamics for strength Because Metawell is self-supporting, match the exterior of the simulator and rigidity. Its lightness gives the hinges can be screwed directly into the while internal door facings are covered weight saving we need, and its construc­ extrusion round the edges without the with a polycarbonate textured moulding. tion enables us to cut costs in fabrica­ need for any additional framework. Four "Concept 90" simulators are tion." Recesses for handles are simply routed now in production with six more on order. Because of major improvements to the simulator's operating environment — in terms of comfort, ergonomics and functionality — and the advanced technology of the computerised ACCESS instructional system, Rediffu­ sion estimates that demand for the new simulator will result in the production of 20-30 machines per year. Cookson Industrial Materials Ltd., Leadworks Lane, Chester CH1 3BS. Tel: (0224) 321022. 8 AIRCRAFT ENGINEERING — April 1991 http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology Emerald Publishing

Metal Composite Replaces Traditional Materials in New Flight Simulator

Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology , Volume 63 (4): 1 – Apr 1, 1991

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
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0002-2667
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10.1108/eb037081
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Metal Composite Replaces Traditional Materials in New Flight Simulator BY replacing traditional aluminium Metawell is manufactured by Cookson sheet and timber with a composite Industrial Materials, who claims that metal substrate, Rediffusion Simulation weightsavings of more than 50 per cent Ltd (RSL) can accommodate extra are achievable over single metal sheet of equipment in its new "Concept 90" the same thickness. Jim Hepple confirms prototype, and still meet overall weight "we soon realised that by using Meta­ restrictions govering flight simulators. well in the doors of the new simulator Jim Hepple, an RSL senior mechani­ we would reach or weight target." cal design engineer, describes the use of Metawell, a metal sandwich structure out. The surfaces which, according to Self supporting hinge made with lightweight metal sheets Cookson will accept a variety of bonded to a trapezoidal centre, as a Rediffusion has also been able to finishes, have been painted on one "major breakthrough for our designers. simplify the doors' design and assembly. surface with light grey acrylic paint to It meets the usual dynamics for strength Because Metawell is self-supporting, match the exterior of the simulator and rigidity. Its lightness gives the hinges can be screwed directly into the while internal door facings are covered weight saving we need, and its construc­ extrusion round the edges without the with a polycarbonate textured moulding. tion enables us to cut costs in fabrica­ need for any additional framework. Four "Concept 90" simulators are tion." Recesses for handles are simply routed now in production with six more on order. Because of major improvements to the simulator's operating environment — in terms of comfort, ergonomics and functionality — and the advanced technology of the computerised ACCESS instructional system, Rediffu­ sion estimates that demand for the new simulator will result in the production of 20-30 machines per year. Cookson Industrial Materials Ltd., Leadworks Lane, Chester CH1 3BS. Tel: (0224) 321022. 8 AIRCRAFT ENGINEERING — April 1991

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Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace TechnologyEmerald Publishing

Published: Apr 1, 1991

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