A matter of strengthAirbus, the European aircraft manufacturer has for long been working with the national composites Center in Britain on research and modeling of various new materials and industrial designs. The concept behind all this effort is simple. Taking even a kilogram of weight off an aircraft can mean significant saving over the life of the aircraft.
More fuel savings
This material is now being used in certain parts of aircraft wings. These parts are the ones that take on the major impact of the air. But this carbon fortified composite is strong and even a sledgehammer can bounce off it. This material can also be molded very well and this optimizes the aerodynamic performance of an aircraft. The use of these new materials is also opening up many other potential savings. For instance, a super jumbo aircraft has close to 6 million parts but with some more development in place, this number can be cut down considerably. Fewer components will shorten the manufacturing time which will subsequently result in savings.