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Boeing Eyes Next-Generation Composites

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3D_Eng   6/29/2011 1:25:23 AM
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A couple of weeks ago I met a PhD working on a new generation of composites.  He had just documented a 30-50% increase in the tensile and bending strength of this new composite.  However, considerable work still needed to be done to model the system and develop enough empirical data in order to start designing components based on this technology.  When asked how far away he was from a marketable technology he suggested 4 to 5 years.


I was reminded of how long (and expensive) a development cycle can be, especially for a new aerospace material/technology. 


How do we accelerate the process to bring safe and mature technologies to market in this decade?

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