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Three Levers for Accelerating Lightweighting in Aerospace: Advanced Materials, Additive Manufacturing, Materials Intelligence

How materials and manufacturing data and best practices can help reducing fuel costs and emissions through lightweighting.

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Accelerating the delivery of lighter weight aircraft is possible by focusing on three key levers: more extensive use of advanced materials, broader adoption of new manufacturing techniques and extraction of more value from existing materials data. This white paper delves into the opportunities and challenges presented by each, and provides best practices for reducing fuel costs and emissions through lightweighting.

Reducing the weight of an aircraft is a key aviation industry strategy to control fuel expenditures and limit emissions. In emerging hybrid and increasingly electric aircraft systems, it is also key to maintaining performance while accommodating the additional weight introduced by batteries and other components. A 1% reduction in weight can save billions of dollars each year.

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