Brilliant story from the BBC about how the use of carbon fibre is transforming the design and performance of passenger aircraft. In summary, the benefits of carbon fibre over metals are:
- light weight, thereby reducing fuel consumption considerably;
- mouldable, thereby allowing aircraft shape to be redesigned so planes fly faster but more economically;
- very smooth, thereby increasing aerodynamics, especially on wings’ leading edge;
- flexible raw material, thereby enabling components to be redesigned as a single unit, rather than assembled from many parts, reducing manufacturing complexity and time.