Material and Fabrication Development and Application Studies of Aluminum-Boron-Stainless Steel Composites PUBLIC ACCESS

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J. L. Christian

General Dynamics Convair, San Diego, CA

Paper No. 70-GT-46, pp. V01AT01A047; 7 pages
  • ASME 1970 International Gas Turbine Conference and Products Show
  • Volume 1A: General
  • Brussels, Belgium, May 24–28, 1970
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-7985-6
  • Copyright © 1970 by ASME


The recent development of a new composite material with superior properties for structural applications is described. The development consisted of selection of matrix and filament materials, the fabrication of a number of composite panels qualification testing, evaluation of secondary fabrication methods and design application studies. It was demonstrated that the new composite material, aluminum-boron-stainless steel (A1-B-SS), could be made in various forms, shapes and sizes, that it possessed very desirable mechanical and physical properties, and that it could be satisfactorily cut, machined, formed and joined by a variety of methods. The potential weight savings (typically 30–45 percent) and other attractive properties make the A1-B-SS composite particularly promising for a number of structural applications.

Copyright © 1970 by ASME
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