Advanced materials have the ability to significantly improve operational effectiveness in military and aerospace applications. Verdict has conducted a poll to assess which the main feature of advanced materials used in aerospace and defense is.

Advanced materials in aerospace and defense

A majority of 59% of the poll respondents opined that durability or survivability is the main feature of advanced materials, while weight reduction was voted by 26% of the respondents and sustainability by 15% of the respondents as the main feature.

The analysis is based on 308 responses received from the readers of Verdict’s defence sites Airforce Technology, Army Technology and Naval Technology between 08 October and 14 December 2020.

Advanced materials in aerospace and defence

Advanced materials can be used for a wide range of applications in defence, including camouflage and protection for platforms as well as soldiers. They provide the advantages of improved functionality, survivability and low life cycle cost, says GlobalData adding that materials such as metamaterial-artificial composites can even make military systems invisible.

The demand for advanced materials is principally driven by the need for lighter, stronger and durable materials. In the aerospace domain, although aluminium is still widely used, advanced materials such as carbon-fibre composites and superalloys are gaining popularity among engineers aiming to improve efficiency and performance, while reducing weight.

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New materials are being constantly developed for applications in the future, adds GlobalData. Application of these materials into defence and aerospace systems requires a complete understanding of their environmental properties, according to European Defence Matters (EDM), a European Defence Agency publication.

Co-operation between the government, defence industry, and academia along with the required financial resources will play a key role in the development and advancement of research in the area, adds EDM.