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Smart Structures in Aerospace: Market Opportunities: 2016-2025

Smart structures play a growing role in the aerospace industry in four different areas: monitoring of composites, suppression of structural vibration, noise suppression, and surface morphing.  A related area is the use of photovoltaics in aircraft of various types.

This report identifies where the commercial opportunities are for smart structures in civil and general aviation, military aircraft, helicopters, UAVs and spacecraft.  It examines where the money will be made in smart structures for aircraft at all levels of the value chain; we examine the market potential for the smart structures themselves, the related smart materials and SHM/HUMS systems and smart aircraft skins, as well as the implications of the trend towards smart structures for the aircraft builders and airlines.

The report profiles both the R&D and commercialization projects for smart structures in the aerospace industry, including those sponsored by governmental agencies such as the EU, DARPA and NASA and those run by the major aerospace companies. 

The report also discusses how smart structures are enabling the aerospace industry to move away from manual monitoring and repair procedures and the ways that firms in the smart structure space are overcoming the strong reluctance of aerospace industry to abandon manual processes for aircraft maintenance.  In particular, the report examines how smart technologies can monitor the operation of the aircraft, improve its functioning, reducing its maintenance, and extend its life cycle.

In addition, this n-tech report includes granular ten-year forecasts for the smart materials, components and subsystems used for smart structure deployment in the aerospace industry.  In addition, we provide detailed profiles of key companies in the aerospace smart structures space analyzing their product/market strategies they have devised for this market. 

This report is part of n-tech’s ongoing research program on smart materials.  n-tech has already published many reports on smart materials including a recent report on smart structures in the construction industry.  Other topics covered by n-tech’s smart materials reports include smart windows, smart coatings, smart surfaces, self-healing materials, multifunctional coatings and surfaces, color-shifting materials and several other topics.

Executive Summary
E.1 Opportunity Analysis by Sector
E.1.1 Opportunities for Smart Materials Firms
E.1.2 Opportunities in SHM, HUMS and Smart Aircraft Skins
E.1.3 Opportunities for Aircraft Builders and Airlines
E.2 Summary of Ten-Year Forecasts
E.2.1 Breakout by Technology
E.2.2 Breakout by Type of Aircraft
E.2.3 Breakout by Geography:  the US, Europe and Other
E.3 Six Companies to Watch in Smart Structures for the Aerospace Industry
 
Chapter One  Introduction
1,1 Background to this Report
1.2 Goal and Scope of this Report
1.3 Methodology of this Report
1.4 Plan of this Report
 
Chapter Two: Smart Structures: Technology Evolution and Value Chains
2.1 Smart Structure Value Chain in the Aerospace Industry
2.2 Materials Used for Smart Structures in the Aerospace Industry
2.2.1 Role of Smart Composites
2.2.2 Shape Memory Alloys and Polymers
2.2.3 Piezoelectric and Piezomagnetic Materials
2.2.4 Smart Thermal Materials and Structures
2.2.5 Conductive Polymers
2.2.6 Self-Healing Surfaces in Aerospace
2.2.7 Optical Sensors
2.2.8 Ten-Year Forecast of Materials and Components for Smart Aerospace Structures
2.3 SHM and Related Markets
2.3.1 SHM and HUMS
2.3.2 The Business Case for SHM
2.3.2 Evolution to Smart Skins and Sensory Nets
2.3.3 Types of Sensors Used
2.3.4 Ten-Year Forecast of SHM, Smart Skins and Related Markets
2.4 Solar and Smart Structures in Aerospace
2.4.1 SMPC Solar
2.4.2 RAPDAR
2.5 Multilayered Aerospace Structures
2.6 Key Points from this Chapter 
 
Chapter Three : Smart Structures in Aerospace:  Drivers and Acceptance
3.1 Viability and Acceptance of Smart Structures in Aviation
3.1.1 Need for Integration
3.1.2 Cost
3.1.3 Acceptance of Smart Structures in the Aerospace Industry
3.2 Monitoring of composite materials
3.2.1 Drivers for use of smart structures to monitor composites
3.2.2 Types of technology used:  Sensors
3.3 Noise suppression
3.3.1 The Active Structural Acoustic Control (ASAC) approach
3.3.2 National Research Council of Canada
3.4 Control of surface morphing
3.4.1 Objectives of Surface Morphing
3.4.2 Current R&D Products and Commercialization
3.5 Control of Structural Vibration
3.6 Key Points from this Chapter
 
Chapter Four: Ten-Year Forecasts for Smart Structures in the Aerospace Industry
4.1 Civil and General Aviation
4.1.1 Role in Supersonic Airliners
4.2 Military Aircraft
4.3 Helicopter
4.4 UAVs
4.5 Satellites and Space Vehicles
4.5.1 Space Segment
4.5.2 Launch Vehicles
4.6 Key Points from this Chapter
 
Figures and Exhibits
 
Exhibit E-1: Drivers for Smart Structures in the Aerospace Industry
Exhibit E-2: Sources of Smart Structures Technology for the Aerospace Market 
Exhibit E-3: Opportunities Presented by Smart Structures in the Aerospace Industry – A Supply Chain Analysis
Exhibit E-4: Six Firms to Watch in the Smart Structure-Enabled Aerospace Sector 
Exhibit E-5: Summary of Revenues from Smart Structures in Aerospace:  Breakout by Type of Technology ($ Millions) 
Exhibit E-6: Summary of Revenues from Smart Structures in Aerospace:  Breakout by Type of Aircraft ($ Millions) 
Exhibit 1-1: Evolution of Smart Structures in the Aerospace Industry
Exhibit 1-2: Smart Structure Opportunities in the Aerospace Industry
Exhibit 2-1: Selected Types of Composites
Exhibit 2-2: Selected Smart Materials with Opportunities in Smart Structure-based Construction
Exhibit 2-3: A Classification of Self-Healing Material Products
Exhibit 2-4 Ten-Year Forecasts of Materials and Components for Smart Aerospace Structures ($ Millions) 
Exhibit 2-5: Selected SHM and Related Equipment in Commercial Airliners
Exhibit 3-1: Developments in Noise and Vibration suppression: Two Recent Examples
Exhibit 3-2: Developments in Aerospace Morphing:  Some Recent Examples
Exhibit 4-1: Ten-Year Forecasts of Markets for Smart Structures in Civil Aviation
Exhibit 4-2: Ten-Year Forecasts of Markets for Smart Structures in Helicopters and Military Aircraft 
Exhibit 4-3: Ten-Year Forecasts of Markets for Smart Structures in UAVs
Exhibit 4-4: Ten-Year Forecasts of Markets for Smart Structures in Space—Satellites and Rockets
 

n-tech Research Predicts Smart Structures in the Aerospace Industry to Reach $2.1 billion by 2021

Glen Allen, Virginia:  Industry analyst firm n-tech Research today announced the release of a new report titled “Smart Structures in  Aerospace: Market Opportunities – 2016 to 2025.” According to the report the market for smart structures in the aerospace industry will exceed $2.1 billion by 2021. 
 
Details about the report, including a downloadable excerpt are available at: http://ntechresearch.com/market_reports/smart-structures-in-aerospace-market-opportunities-2016-20251
 
A related report titled, “Smart Structures in the Construction Industry: A Market and Technology Forecast – 2016 to 2025” is also available from the firm.  Details available at: http://ntechresearch.com/market_reports/smart-structures-in-the-construction-industry-a-market-and-technology-forec
 
About the report:
 
This report identifies where the opportunities are for smart structures in civil and general aviation, military aircraft, helicopters, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and spacecraft.  It covers the business potential for smart aerospace structures, structural health monitoring (SHM) systems and smart aircraft skins, and for the smart materials from which these systems are fabricated.  Smart structures play a growing role in the aerospace industry in four different areas: monitoring of composites and other complex surfaces, suppression of structural vibration, noise suppression, and surface morphing.  The report also discusses the use of photovoltaics in aircraft of various types.
 
The report profiles both R&D and commercialization projects for smart aerospace structures, including those sponsored by governmental agencies such as the EU, DARPA and NASA and those run by the major aerospace companies.  The report also discusses how smart structures are enabling the aerospace industry to move away from manual monitoring and repair procedures and the ways that firms in the smart structure space are overcoming the reluctance of the aerospace industry to abandon manual processes for equipment maintenance.  
 
This report includes granular ten-year forecasts for both smart aerospace structures and the smart materials and components that go into them, with breakouts by applications, technology and type of aircraft.  In addition, we discuss key companies in the aerospace smart structures space with analysis of their product/market strategies. This report is a worldwide study. 
           
From the Report:
 
In the civil aviation sector smart structures are expected to be used increasingly to provide comfort and safety in both executive jets and the latest generations of airliners, especially supersonic aircraft.  Noise and vibration control systems using smart structures will be of growing importance in business jets and future supersonic airliners; expanding the market for these systems which has traditionally been confined to helicopters.  By 2021 we expect revenue generation by systems based on smart structures sold to the civil aviation sector to reach around $950 million. 
 
By 2021, expenditures on military grade systems using smart structures are expected to reach around $150 million.  One major opportunity here will be using smart structures to provide realtime SHM for the latest aerospace composites. Another area with long-term potential is to use smart structures for surface morphing – allowing dynamic restructuring of the wing surface to improve the efficiency of the aircraft.
 
Growth  in the aerospace industry will also provide new opportunities for selling smart materials and sensors for smart structures applications. These sales are expected to generate well over $300 million in sales by 2021.  Here the greatest long-term potential will be found shape memory alloys and polymers, piezoelectric and piezomagnetic materials, self-healing surfaces and optical sensors. 
 
About n-tech:
 
n-tech Research is the rebrand of NanoMarkets.  Our firm is a recognized leader in industry analysis and forecasts of smart materials and related areas. Visit http://www.ntechresearch.com for a full listing of the firm's reports and other services.
 
 
Contact:
 
Robert Nolan
n-tech Research
(804) 938-0030

posted Feb 17, 2016

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