Carbon Composites e.V. (CCeV)
Am Technologiezentrum 5
Tel.: +49 821 – 2684 1104
Mobil: +49 151 – 27596905
Fax: +49 821 – 2684 1108
Future and opportunities for composites in the aeronautics and aerospace industries
The factors which determine the success of the further establishment of composite materials in the aeronautics and aerospace industries include the quality of suitability for large-scale serial product, the automation of the processes necessary for such, combined with the stability of process and reductions in costs. Of course, energy costs also play a key role, since it is possible to save on these in operation by the use of composites. In any case, the further development of composite technologies will result in a general improvement in energy and resource efficiency. The further automation of manufacturing processes is a necessary framework condition which results in better use of the opportunities afforded by composites thanks to the fibre-tailored designs and concepts dedicated to the use of composites.
Lightweight construction challenges in aeronautics and aerospace
"We must optimise the material mix on the whole within the framework of lightweight constructions. This means we always need to employ the most sensible material at the right location to ensure the best functionality. A good example for the combination of material and production technology is the Ariane booster, where dry fibre technologies, infiltration and automation have been expertly combined in order to improve performance and costs at the same time. The advantages of various materials, for example, carbon fibres and plastics in CFRP, offers considerable potential. Surely the necessity for increased efficiency with regard to the use of resources and energy will further accelerate this development", says Professor Michael Kupke of the Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR).