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    Composite acft--why so heavy?

    This is turning into an interesting discussion. Like many of the forum members I've gone through several "paper" airplane designs, some metal, some wood, some composite etc.. Each construction material/method has its pros and cons, which are discussed extensively over numerous other posts...
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    Discussion on Safety Factors for Composites Design and Testing

    autoreply, I'm glad it got you thinking and looking at your design. That is what I intended by bringing this up in a sort of design example. When I was doing the research for myself I though it would make an interesting post as it isn't discussed very clearly in much of the available...
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    Discussion on Safety Factors for Composites Design and Testing

    Here is a link to the NIAR AGATE site that has a good collection of data (this link was posted on the forum before): http://www.niar.twsu.edu/agate/ In these test reports, full saturation of the test coupons is defined as the following: "Effective moisture equilibrium was achieved when the...
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    Discussion on Safety Factors for Composites Design and Testing

    Thanks autoreply, As is with most things, the answer is "it depends". The data shown in the original chart is only one sample for a specific laminate. Different materials and processes will result in laminates with different performance (strength loss due to moisture ingress). It is up to...
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    Discussion on Safety Factors for Composites Design and Testing

    Thanks wsimpso1. Your craft looks like it's coming along nicely by the way.
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    Discussion on Safety Factors for Composites Design and Testing

    Hello everyone, it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything on the forum, although I have been popping in once in a while for a quick read of the interesting things going on. I’ve been meaning to write this post for some time now as it’s quite an important subject and I haven’t seen it...
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    Zenith CH640 questions

    Something to note about the specifications for any of the Zenair products is that the advertised structural load factors are specified as "Ultimate". This is the load that will actually break the airframe. The airframe will twist and bend long before that. For non-engineering types, "Limit"...
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    Hi Craig, Thanks for asking. I've put that design away a while back and have went through a...

    Hi Craig, Thanks for asking. I've put that design away a while back and have went through a few more since then. The little flying boat is still something I want to pursue one day as I never seem to lose complete interest in it. Personally I think it would be a whole lotta fun. There are...
  9. Othman

    When lightning strikes

    This is a very good topic. Thanks for starting it Autoreply. The aluminum or copper mesh material is quite thin (.002" and up), less than a ply of glass. It is layed up in situ with the glass plies in the laminate (co-cured). The mesh is located at the outer most surface of the laminate just...
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    Canadian Reg's

    Just to add a bit more info here, Canadian ultralight standards are managed by the (or have been delegated to) the Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association of Canada (LAMAC). Their website has a bunch of information on ultralights and differences between basic and advanced...
  11. Othman

    Megalomania...

    The aircraft shown in the rendered drawings look like they're carrying an apartment building. Were they considering renting out office space? If so, I would be interested in one of the wing leading edge offices :)
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    Welding 6061-T6 Question

    Strength of welded aluminum joints is always a topic of debate in engineering. Some engineers use them regularly in their designs (with proper analysis and testing) and some avoid them all together... much like the debate between going with sheet metal or composite construction. Anyway, I've...
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    Here's a challenge

    I would still question the legality of the job... Even for a repaired part, the work needs to be done by a licensed A&P (which you might be, I don't know). Since the aircraft belongs to the flying club I assume it is commercially registered. If this were in Canada, the work would have to...
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    3D Cad (Lesson 101)

    Unless you're using a high end CAD package like Solidworks at your work (or you use own it for you private business), they are far too costly to be practical for the hobbyist or small business... unless of course you're into pirating software. Supejacent, if you want to have a 3D model that...
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