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Airframe structure-integrated capacitor

An energy storage arrangement wherein electrical charge is stored in capacitor elements dispersed throughout, for example, surface structural components of an aircraft. The electrical capacitor elements may involve dielectric material-separated electrical plates comprising the aircraft skin or preferably may involve numerous wire-like cylindrical capacitor elements dispersed within the weaving of the hardened fabric materials used to fabricate the aircraft. Other elements of the aircraft including internal structure and divider members may also be included in the energy storage function. Pulsed use of the stored energy in, for example, directed energy weapons devices are a contemplated application of the invention. The invention may be viewed as a combined employment of aircraft components in both structural and energy storing functions thus enabling a reduction in aircraft payload utilization and space consumption.

Sandra J. Fries-Carr

Maxwell Blair

William G. Baron

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February 3, 2006
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