Lightweight Composite Consoles for Aerospace Applications
Lightweight Composite Consoles for Aerospace Applications: Carbon fiber composites used in aerospace applications are subjected to harsh environments while in service. In particular, structural components are often exposed to oils, fuels and hydraulic fluids. Over time, these contaminants may affect the material properties of the composites and thus, the mechanical behavior of the components. This project will investigate the effect of various contaminants and combined stress environments on composite materials used in aerospace applications. The goal is to gain an improved understanding of the effects of various loading types on in-service, retrofitted and/or degraded composite materials. This project will compliment ongoing investigations at General Dynamics Canada for the retrofit of a lightweight composite console used in the Government of Canada’s Cyclone Maritime Helicopter.