Scientists at Moscow State University created a unique composite polymer-based material that is stronger and lighter than metals, reducing the weight of aircraft and spacecraft, Lenta.ru reported earlier today.
Polymeric composite materials, or PCMs, are often used to make various hardware and spare parts for machines with high loads. Chemists developed a new material that will allow for the production of more durable PCMs.
These PCMs can replace titanium or aluminum aircraft components. Although the cost of these metals is about ten times less than the cost of composites, hardware production that uses these metals is more expensive.
Reducing the weight of aircraft and missiles will save fuel and increase their payloads. Moreover, PCMs don't corrode.