Metal comes to the rescue of revolutionary plane

时间:2019-03-02 07:05:07166网络整理admin

THE midst of the deepest recession the aviation industry has ever seen is not the best time to discover that your revolutionary aircraft design has yet another serious structural weakness. But that’s the predicament Boeing found itself in last week. The company hopes its 787 airliner will be the first with a pressurised fuselage made from lightweight, fuel-saving carbon-fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) composite materials, rather than aluminium. But in 2008, the firm found that the 787’s carbon-fibre “wingbox”, the internal fuselage structure the wings attach to,