Boeing 787 Dreamliner : An Innovation

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Boeing 787 Dreamliner: An Innovation in Composites

Carl Bunge, Alex Morgan, John Montgomery, Aaron Paul Pinkoske, Jay Pittenger, Daniel Pollastro, Omar Ruiz, Mitchell Scott
MSE 201
December 1, 2014

Imagine flying at 30,000 feet in the air. You are warm, comfortable and possibly have a movie to watch. But the thought that a small fraction of an inch of material is all that separates you from the exterior of the plane makes you second guess your security. However, this is all possible thanks to the power of dreaming and the incredibly efficient use of composites. These materials exhibit unique properties that lead to an astounding amount of benefits. More than the material itself, it is the team at Boeing and its suppliers who work together to create one of the world’s most innovative planes. The Boeing 787 Dreamliner uses advanced composite technology to provide an increase in efficiency, longevity and comfort, as well as a unique manufacturing process that leads to advantages over both previous models and competitors.
The building materials available to engineers today are vastly improved over those of the past. One class which has seen wide spread usage in many fields are composites. These new materials first appeared on the aerospace scene in the early 1970’s, for these materials were found to provide many benefits over the previous metal-based designs.

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