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Answered 2007-07-07 18:43:49

Assemblies made of composites are typically installed by fasteners. Composite structures are made of glass fibers or carbon fibers that have glue that bonds it together in an oven. During manufacture of the composite structure, a metal strip or a rib or a bushing will be attached to it that will allow it to be mated to the airplane or other structure. For example: take a complex helicopter rotor blade. These are usually made by winding long fibers along the length of the blade to form the main spar. Then more fibers are wound around this in a spiral trace from one end to the other. Over this a skin is added and a leading edge shield is attached. At the root of the blade, the first fibers that are laid down are usually wrapped around a bushing that becomes the bolt hole for attaching it to the main rotor hub. The tip of the blade is trimmed off and sometimes a tip cap is added.

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