Re: Questions about the DH Comet

Date:         06 Oct 97 02:14:21 
From: (Filip De Vos)
Organization: University of Ghent, Belgium
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Ed Mellinger ( wrote:

: This raised my eyebrows when I read about it ten years ago, and raised
: 'em again today.  I was suprised that glue would be considered
: acceptable for carrying a primary structural load, particularly in that
: era (nowadays, I know, we have composite airplanes that are nothing but
: glue and yarn).  Does anyone know of other aircraft, or primary
I like this phrase!

: structure on them, that rely on "bonding" (c'mon, guys... it's glue!) to
: carry loads between two metal components?

Yes, the Fokker Friendship was partially glued from the beginning, and
the proportion of bonds grew as confidence in the technique grew. The
work was carried over into the Fellowship, and later the F50 and F100.

The Lockheed Tristar has honeycomb structures, and I remember a picture
of a sizable autoclave at Lockheed's Burbank facility being fed with a
large fuselage part in a book about airliners.

      Filip De Vos              

          There are plenty of ways to empty a solar system.
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