The Potential of Beryllium in Supersonic Commercial Aircraft.

by George A. Hoffman

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A structural comparison of beryllium with the best alloys of aluminum, titanium, and steel for a variety of applications in supersonic transports. Such applications include components whose design is governed by tension criteria, compression, and notched behavior over the temperature range to be encountered in future aircraft. It is implied that a beryllium structural part might weigh from one-fourth to one-half less than the equal-function part made of more conventional metals. Calculations are included of the economics of beryllium usage in aircraft

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