The drive to reduce aircraft operational costs and increase production rates to meet the high demand from commercial and military defense clients, is spurring the increased use of composite materials throughout the design process.
The International Air Transport Association has published current trends that indicate passenger numbers could double to 8.2 billion by 2037. Also, in a recent report, the US Pentagon states that “Climate change poses immediate risks to national security and will have broad and costly impact on the way the US military carries out mission.”
Given this predicted growth and added pressure, intense competition is driving technological innovation around composite material design.
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