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Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources
West Virginia University
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Plastics Day Seminar 03/22/2013 - Polymer Composites for Aerospace Applications: Past, Present and Future

Department of Chemical Engineering
West Virginia University

Plastics Day Seminar

Polymer Composites for Aerospace Applications: Past, Present and Future

presented by

James S. Griffing
President of the Society of Plastics Engineers
Boeing Research and Technology
Seattle, WA


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.

Friday, March 22, 2013 9:30am
Room 101AB, NRCCE
Luncheon served at 12:30pm

Questions or Directions call: 304-293-9344.

For more information click here: To see Jim Griffings biography click here