Advanced Composite Techniques

Aircraft Technical Book Company


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This instructional guide focuses on the use of lightweight, high-performance composite materials for amateur aircraft homebuilders who want to learn moldless techniques and do not have access to extensive tools and facilities. While the book's emphasis is on aircraft construction, it also applies to those building race cars and high-performance boats.

From the Back Cover:

This advanced guide instructs non-engineer aircraft homebuilders on creating high-performance composite structures using readily available materials from home supply stores. Detailed descriptions of simple vacuum-bagging techniques using flat home-based tools are included, along with an easy-to-follow 17 step course that progresses from simple flat open layups to full-scale closed wing sections. The core technique taught focuses on cored skin, which involves bonding thin glass skins to thick, lightweight cores for optimal stiffness and efficiency. A variety of panel forming and bonding techniques are also covered.

Topics include:

  • Basic Principles of Composites
  • Composite Materials
  • Vacuum Bagging Components
  • Handling and Cutting Foam
  • Layup Techniques
  • Flat Tool Vacuum Bagging
  • Joints and Adhesives
  • Taping and Corners
  • Forming Curves
  • Flanges and Closing
  • Load Transitions
  • Single Curve Molds
  • Molding Techniques
  • Projects and Exercises

Product Specifications:

ISBN: 9780964282841
Aeronaut Press
Author: Zeke Smith
Pages: 376