Composites take off without a parachute

J. King*

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    The review is devoted to the cost effectiveness of composite materials applications as compared with their high performance characteristics. The use of reinforced plastics, ceramic matrix and metal matrix composites reinforced by carbon and graphite fibers in aerospace industry is considered. Until recently, the two major drivers for the application of composites in engines have been weight reduction and performance improvement. As shown, today a major challenge to be met by the industry is cost reduction.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)324-327
    Number of pages4
    JournalMaterials World
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 1997


    • aerospace industry
    • high performance composites
    • aircraft materials
    • ceramic matrix composites
    • cost effectiveness
    • metallic matrix composites
    • reinforced plastics
    • composite materials


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