Special Issue "Advanced Materials for Aerospace"
A special issue of Aerospace (ISSN 2226-4310).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2020).
Airframe manufacturers are beginning to consider the possibility of moving away from conventional composite laminate designs, but need further evidence that non-conventional designs can lead to weight savings, improve performance and reduce manufacturing times.
New research suggesting that replacing standard ply laminates (with 0°, ±45° and 90° ply orientations) with non-standard or double angle-ply laminates (with ±ψ and ±ϕ ply orientations) offers potential improvements in strength and ease of manufacture. The emergence of thin ply material, consisting of non-crimp fabrics (with two or more layers of uni-directional material stitched through their thickness) or woven cloth with very low crimp through the use of spread tow manufacturing technology also introduces game changing opportunities for design. However, whilst multi-layered architectures offer greater efficiencies in layer deposition rates and spread tow technology brings design flexibilities found only in thick laminate construction into the thin laminate domain, the design rules for conventional laminate designs are no longer generally applicable.
Contributions are solicited, which demonstrate performance improvements of non-conventional over conventional laminate designs with respect to either buckling, vibration, strength, damage tolerance and/or thermal shape stability characteristics. The non-conventional designs should also satisfy, where possible, the manufacturability constraints applied to conventional designs, including design heuristics, such as ply percentages and/or ply contiguity constraints, and thickness tapering.
Dr. Christopher York
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- standard ply laminates
- non-standard laminates
- double angle-ply laminates
- non-crimp fabrics
- thin ply material
- spread tow manufacturing
- woven cloth
- very low crimp
- multi-layered architectures
- damage tolerance
- thermal shape stability
- design heuristics
- ply percentages
- ply contiguity
- thickness tapering.