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The History (and Future?) of Composites in Aviation

Glyndŵr University Inaugural Professorial Lecture Series 2010/11

Professor Richard Day, Professor of Composites Engineering, Glyndwr University

Composite materials have been used in aircraft for the past 100 years. But what is a composite? And what uses do they have? Professor Day will explore the history of composite use in aircraft, from the Wright Flyer to modern day jumbo jets. The seemingly steady aircraft industry is, in fact, an agile and changeable one. The use of carbon fibre composites in commercial aircraft is set to increase, driven by environmental issues and economics.

Composites have many other applications – they have been used in the Formula One world for a number of years – and this lecture will explain how lessons learnt there could help the aircraft industry. What impact will these factors have on future demand for commercial aircraft? What potential issues will this demand raise? And how is Glyndŵr University rising to the challenge?


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Date and Time:

3 February 2011 at 7:00 pm


1 hour



Catrin Finch Centre, Glyndwr University
Mold Road
LL11 2AW
01978 293466
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University of Wales Chair

Posted at 10:24 PM on 3 February, 2011 by

Really glad I attended this lecture as it was a great opportunity to meet Richard and hear about his research, particularly as his Chair is funded by the University of Wales for who I recently joined as Dean of STEM. It's wonderful to see how UW funds are supporting great people doing great research. Richard has agreed to repeat the lecture in South Wales too.


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