Towards application of fibre metal laminates in large aircraft

A Vlot, LB Vogelesang, TJ de Vries

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Fibre metal laminates were developed at Delft University of Technology during the last two decades as a family of new hybrid materials consisting of bonded thin metal sheets and fibre/adhesive layers. This laminated structure provides the material with excellent fatigue, impact and damage tolerance characteristics and low density. While the 20 per cent weight reduction was the prime driver behind the development of this new family of materials, it turns out that additional benefits like cost reduction and an improved safety level has become more and more important. The combination of these aspects in one material makes fibre metal laminates a strong candidate material for fuselage skin structures of the new generation of high capacity aircraft. The focus on this application currently leads to industrialization and qualification that makes this material available to the aircraft designer.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)558-570
Number of pages13
JournalAircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology: an international journal
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2002


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