Type: Technical Paper
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Market: Aerospace
Technology: Alloy product & process
Year: 2006
Abstract: Performance and cost challenges facing the commercial aircraft industry demand that next-generation aircraft exhibit extraordinary improvements in structural efficiency, sustainability, and cost. To address this need, Alcoa has made a fundamental shift in its aerospace R&D program by broadening its scientific and engineering portfolio to create an integrated, strategic, long-term initiative that is redefining the future performance, cost, and value of metallic and hybrid aerostructures. The following papers show some of the alloy and product developments that have enabled aircraft to be more fuel-efficient while simultaneously reducing the cost of ownership. Also included is our vision of advanced structural concepts that will enable metallic structures to retain performance advantages over alternative materials for many years to come.
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