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The use of composites will continue to increase in aircraft structures.

Potential hazard

  1. Failure to detect sub-surface damage and de-lamination
  2. Shedding of micron-sized particles due to fatigue and chafing into cabin air with poorly understood health risks to lung tissue
  3. Damage due to high-current lightning strikes

Corroborating sources and comments

Low-Cost Composite Materials and Structures for Aircraft Applications, Dr. Ravi B. Deo, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Air Combat Systems, 9L10/W5, 1 Hornet Way, El Segundo, CA 90245, USA

NewScientist Tech Composite aircraft may hide dangerous flaws 16:05 22 November 2007 by Paul Marks

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