Saab Technology Transfer #3

May 24, 2007

Plastics: The NECST Generation by Pontus Nordin

”Plastics.” The one-word career advice given to Dustin Hoffman’s young movie character Benjamin in the 1967 film The Graduate. Back then, aircraft were built from aluminium alloys. The first commercial carbon fibres had just been introduced as very expensive engineering materials for special military applications. Glass-fibre composites were still considered advanced, but did not have enough stiffness for structural applications in high-performance aircraft...