Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

1995

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Aerospace Engineering

Abstract

The past few decades have seen a steady increase in the use of composite materials. First, as non-load bearing structures such as nose cones and control surfaces and more recently as primary structure. Composite materials can have strength to weight ratios higher than any homogeneous material which makes them very attractive structural materials for the aerospace industry. Unfortunately, in previous years, the failure and performance of composites was not well understood. This eliminated them from use as primary structure. Since the early years of their development, composites have become much more reliable and offer higher strength to weight ratios than ever before. The use of composite materials is expected to increase for many years to come.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/rtd-180813-5051

Publisher

Digital Repository @ Iowa State University, http://lib.dr.iastate.edu

Copyright Owner

Douglas Lee Van Otterloo

Language

en

Date Available

2013-12-13

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

90 pages

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