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Data Relay: Composite Materials
Thank you to Ben Crews for researching and presenting this topic.
Humans have been using composites for thousands of years! (mar-bal.com)
Proof that wood is a composite (youtube.com)
Spray-on insulation is a composite. (PDF: ulalaunch.com)
Markings on parts like “>PP-GF15<” indicate a “glass filler,” thus making them a composite. (PDF: bombardier.com)
Practical Engineering on Youtube is doing a great series on concrete. (youtube.com)
Study on hybrid composites (journals.sagepub.com)
Composites can form efficient monocoque structures. (wikipedia.org)
Real Engineering’s video on Carbon Fiber (youtube.com)
Composites reduced the thrust structure weight by 21% (PDF: (nasa.gov)
787 Dreamliner used 50% (by weight) compsits. (boeing.com)
Orion CCM, Falcon 9 Payload fairing, Dragon heat shield are all composites (space.stackexchange.com)
Thin and thick laminates must be analyzed differently (wikipedia.org).
“Corrugated cardboard” composites (core.ac.uk)
Machining sandwich board cores can result in complex structures, proposed for use in atmospheric reentry (PDF: pdfs.semanticscholar.org)
Carbon/carbon can provide lighter and much stronger alternatives to smaller metallic machinings. (fibermaterialsinc.com)
CMCs are currently being researched to replace components in engine compartments and high-temp environments. (aerodefensetech.com)
Metallic Matrix Composites (MMC) (wikipedia.org)
This is so cool! You’re so cool! Where can I learn more?