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Advances in composites
naperlou   7/17/2012 9:40:22 AM
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Ann, these are really interesting advances in composite materials.  They are driven, of course, by the aerospace and defense industries.  There are lots of other industries where these materials could be really useful, but they are generally conservative in their engineering. 

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Beth Stackpole   7/17/2012 9:46:54 AM
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Hopefully the legwork and advances pioneered in the A&D and government sector can translate back to other industry segments. Cross-pollination of research and technology is the key to making some of these new composite innovations more mainstream.

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Ann R. Thryft   7/17/2012 11:58:41 AM
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I agree, this is a case where R&D for military and space apps is potentially extendable to other areas, such as industrial and commercial aircraft uses. One of the most critical factors in that extension is expanding manufacturing capacity and tailoring it to the needs of high-volume production, which is a very different animal from the production of smaller quantities for military use.



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