With the successful launch of the 787 Dreamliner, Boeing has advanced the utilization of polymer composites for large commercial airplanes to approximately 50% of the airframe weight. Boeing's cutting-edge usage of composite materials for primary structure on a large commercial scale is fundamentally shifting the scale of composites production across the globe. Future commercial airplane designs will likely continue to utilize large amounts of polymer composites for performance improvements. But as the performance of these materials has improved and structural innovations have increased, so too has the complexity of developing - and ultimately transitioning - these technologies into advanced products. This presentation will explore some of the issues involved with transitioning new composites technology into current and future aerospace products.
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