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A tale of success and hardship for Boeing's flagship 787.
The twin-engine airplane is built to carry between 210 and 290 passengers.
While I've heard and read pretty much all the usual hype touted about this aircraft, I never saw any mention of how well (or how poorly) the composite materials would stand up to fire. Does anyone have any data on any difference in resistance to fire of composite materials compared to the more traditional aluminum?
Graphite composite has very good burn characteristics.
An excerpt from the FAA testing report
Check page 13 and 14 of the document at http://www.fire.tc.faa.gov/pdf/TN11-8.pdf
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