That_Engine_Guy wrote:Depends on what type of 'composite' your talking of? Some are designed for heat, others are not? The Space Shuttles use a composite on their leading edges too.
I don't know too much about composites, except for the minimal amount of carbon-fiber parts used in the engine nozzles.
mustang65 wrote:Aren't composites lighter than aluminum alloys. Wouldn't that also save weight and give the F-15C the ability to go 1875 mph for five minutes without a worry for that safety concern, and then get back to a tanker or base that is close by.
madrat wrote:Your space shuttle uses carefully tiled ceramic pieces on the leading edge. They are about as inert as material gets yet it still requires it to be pieced together because one monolithic piece would crack and disintegrate in flight.
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