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aircraft composite manufacturing

The use of composites has been consistently growing for structural parts, such as the Dassault Falcon 8X business jet’s winglets. Credit: E. Fevrier/Dassault Aviation

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Do you feel that composite intensive designs like the Boeing 787 and Airbus A350 have set the bar moving forward?

France Bureau Chief Thierry Dubois responds:

Use of composites in aircraft will continue to grow. These materials, especially carbon-fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP), enable designers to create more efficient aircraft. They are not only light, but also enable external shapes to be more aerodynamic. And they make it possible to manufacture complex components as single pieces, reducing the part count.

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