The Evolution Of The Aviation Industry Over The Years

In little over 100 years, the evolution of flight has come a long way. The Wright Brothers shocked the world by creating the first heavier-than-air aircraft capable of controlled sustained flight, despite only managing to fly for 12 seconds. In this day and age, manufacturing giants like Airbus and Boeing are shocking the world with how much they are advancing the field of aerospace. By improving the design and decreasing the weight of aircraft parts, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) have been able to create more efficient and aerodynamic aircraft. Since first flight was achieved in 1903, mankind has been using technological advancements to turn aerospace into an incredibly fast-paced and growing industry.

There are four components of flight that OEMs are concerned with in order to create a more efficient and aerodynamic vessel: thrust, drag, lift, and weight.  Drag is the air resistance that creates force against the plane. Thrust is the force which the plane’s engine is generating in order to maintain flight. The higher the drag a plane experiences, the more fuel it has to burn. OEMs solve this problem by creating more aerodynamic designs and decreasing the weight of each part used to create planes.

OEMs typically decrease weight by using composite materials. Composite materials are combinations of two or more different materials in order to achieve desired characteristics— in this case the desired characteristics needed for flight. Using heavy materials increases the fuel cost of a plane but using materials that are too weak compromises the plane’s structural integrity. Aluminum, which was commonly used prior to composites, is light enough for flight but lacks the durability and stability needed for more practical applications. By using composite materials, OEMs are able to create the perfect balance necessary for each specific part. Due to recent technological advancements, nanomaterials have been incorporated into the manufacturing process in order to imbue final products with unique characteristics such as increasing durability or temperature resistance. This fulfills the specific needs of each manufacturer. By making planes as light as possible while still maintaining all of the qualities that they need in order to be operational, OEMs are decreasing the weight of the plane and maximizing the fuel efficiency of the planes they create. This can mean savings of 500,000 gallons of jet fuel per year per plane. 

In addition, thanks to the accessibility of 3D-printing, OEMs are able to test experimental designs that can be more efficient than traditional models. 3D printing lets OEMs churn out batch after batch of prototypes to see how new design changes impact the overall flight of the plane. From this, OEMs are then able to see which designs create a more aerodynamic plane that optimizes thrust, drag, lift, and weight.

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