Around Glare: A New Aircraft Material in Context by Harry W. Lintsen (auth.), Coen Vermeeren (eds.)

By Harry W. Lintsen (auth.), Coen Vermeeren (eds.)

During September 24-26, 2001, the school of Aerospace Engineering of the Delft college of expertise within the Netherlands organised the Glare - the hot fabric for plane convention, a global convention at the courting among layout, fabric selection and alertness of plane fabrics with recognize to new advancements in undefined. Eminent representatives from the plane production international, together with brands, airways, airports, universities, governments and aviation professionals, have been current at this convention to fulfill and alternate principles - see the crowd photograph at the subsequent pages. the truth that the convention used to be held simply weeks after ‘September eleven, 2001’ placed issues in a slightly specified viewpoint. the purpose of the convention used to be to demonstrate the numerous specific functions of the Glare kinfolk of fibre steel laminates and to supply for the alternate and distribution of data concerning this fabric which will stimulate their recognition and advertise additional software. The creation of fibre steel laminates into the industrial aviation industry took approximately twenty years’ time. Introducing new applied sciences shouldn't be taken flippantly, even though; the airplane is via nature really conservative and ideas needs to consequently be confirmed – a paradox really – in all attainable methods prior to they are often brought in actual airplane constructions. not just do technical elements play a task during this recognize; historic, cultural, reasonable and political concerns are both important.

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How else could you describe the decision that now, for the first time since 1932 when we changed from fabric to aluminium to cover aeroplanes, we are at the beginning of large-scale applications of Glare in the newest-generation passenger aeroplanes. So these few inventive engineers were not conservative at all. I conclude by paying my respect to these great engineers and all those who believed in them. You have done a great job! 25 Response 3 Pleading for a vision Heinz G. Klug Airbus Deutschland GmbH (Disclaimer: The author wishes to state that this paper represents his personal views, which are not necessarily identical with the position of Airbus) Harry Lintsen has put the development of aviation into the great historical perspective.

M. (Kees) de Koning This brings me to politics. As the military use of aircraft has become very important, the major powers in the world will most likely remain great supporters of aerospace and technology development. Not at any cost, but they will remain a major driver of technology development with its spin-off to commercial aircraft. Together with the enormous economical importance of flying and the high-tech image, governments will remain tempted to support their own industry. Not only do we see direct or indirect financial support, but biased regulations are also commonplace.

But the biggest problem is the economic side. Liquid hydrogen is an expensive fuel. It has no chance to compete with kerosene if the price of kerosene does not reflect its true cost to society. Can we assume that politicians will do what is necessary to protect the environment effectively and establish a ‘level playing field’ for clean fuels vs. those spoiling the atmosphere? This may only happen under the pressure of climate changes becoming more and more obvious. It may happen late, but we had better prepare ourselves.

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