mlefebvre Posted January 6, 2004 Share Posted January 6, 2004 In going over the past newsletters and reading about how people have been trying to save weight on the plane, there have been some interesting ideas put forward. It seems one of the areas is the firewall construction. The Carbon BID solution did very well in the tests between using Aliminum, Steel, and Carbon. What kind of weight savings can be expected if you choose the carbon route over the plans? Has anyone ever considered titanium? Titanium is light weight, has a very high melting point, and doesn't corrode. The main drawbacks to using titanium are that it's expensive, and it's fairly hard to work with. It also doesn't get along well with cad plated hardware, which is typical of AN and NAS parts. You can pick up surplus Titanium at: http://www.titaniumjoe.com/ and for the size required on the firewall, shouldn't run you more than $300. It seems any weight savings in the rear is a good thing. What are the thoughts on this and OTHER weight saving ideas? Marc Quote Tis far easier to ask for forgiveness than for permission. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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