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Composites in Aerospace Industry

Updated: Oct 6, 2022

Aerospace is a constantly changing and innovating industry and evolving to be more efficient every day. Since the industry's demand is increasing over the years, industry experts are always pushing boundaries to make every component lighter, tougher and more environmentally friendly. Composite parts are playing key roles in satisfying the needs of experts.


Back in the 1900's aluminum was the main material used in aerospace. Due to its lightweight, corrosion resistance and durability compared to other metals and woods.


Even the aluminum which was considered as a lightweight material was around %75 of the plane's total weight. This was leading to high fuel consumption and most importantly low range capacity. Even spending more on fuel, planes were not able to fly long distances.


To get over these challenges the industry started manufacturing carbon fiber parts. Carbon fiber was not easy to manufacture but has made significant breakthroughs in aerospace. Flight fuel consumptions went down and ranges increased. Even the lifetime of a plane increased due to high durability of the composite parts. In the long run companies using carbon fiber planes were really advantageous.


Main Advantages of Composites


Composite parts have several advantages compared to other materials. They are lightweight, durable, chemical resistant, corrosion resistant and can withstand high temperatures.


One of the best advantages of composite materials is their lightweight. Lightweight increases fuel efficiency which results in long range. Fuel efficiency decreases costs but the main component decreasing the cost is having no need for refueling stops. In addition to planes, significant upgrades in rocket parts also helped us to transfer more items in weight to space. These were not possible without composite materials.


Composite materials are custom made parts and mechanical properties can be adjusted depending on the usage. Structural designers make layup analysis and determine the fiber layup orientations. Using these efficiency methods, the strength to weight ratio of composite materials have reached impressive levels.


Corrosion is one of the biggest problems in metals used in aerospace. Since the corroded parts were replaced in time, plane flight time decreases and maintenance costs increase. Variety of epoxies are chosen to avoid chemical corrosions as well.





How does Corvus Composites Apply These Methods?


As Crovus we make detailed analysis of the parts by following load, weight and material regulations. We are well connected to academic researchers for providing us with the latest updates and innovations in the industry. Structural design process lets us provide the most efficient parts for our customers. In Corvus Composites carbon fiber manufacturing solutions we are going through all of these processes. If you also require a professional service for carbon fiber and composite manufacturing, you can contact us.


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