The preparation for and conduct of the first flight by the U. S. Air Force of a turbine engine fan stage fabricated of advanced composite materials is discussed. Composite material properties and basic design philosophy is presented along with preliminary flight evaluation results. This is the first application of filamentary-reinforced metal matrix composites to a turbine engine structural component.
Advanced Composite Fan Blade Flight Evaluation Program
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Chopin, MH. "Advanced Composite Fan Blade Flight Evaluation Program." Proceedings of the ASME 1976 International Gas Turbine and Fluids Engineering Conference. Volume 1B: General. New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. March 21–25, 1976. V01BT02A010. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/76-GT-75
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