Accession Number : ADP005171

Title :   Fibre Composite Repair of Cracked Metallic Aircraft Components - Practical and Basic Aspects,

Corporate Author : AERONAUTICAL RESEARCH LABS MELBOURNE (AUSTRALIA)

Personal Author(s) : Baker,A. A.

Report Date : OCT 1986

Pagination or Media Count : 21

Abstract : Crack patching, the use of advanced fibre composite patches (such as boron/epoxy or graphite/epoxy) bonded with structural film adhesives to repair cracks in metallic aircraft components, is a significant development in aircraft maintenance technology, offering many advantages over conventional repair procedures based on metallic patches and mechanical fasteners. This paper reviews selected theoretical and experimental aspects of Australian work on this topic and describes a preliminary design approach for estimating the minimum thickness patch that could be employed in a given repair situation. Finally, the paper provides a case study on our repair to the wing skin of Mirage III aircraft. Aspects discussed include evaluation of minimum cure and surface-treatment conditions for adhesive bonding in repair situations; potential thermal and residual stress problems, resulting from patching; studies on overlap joints representing repairs and crack propagation behaviour in patched panels.

Descriptors :   *AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE, *FIBER REINFORCED COMPOSITES, *AIRCRAFT PANELS, REPAIR, METALS, CRACKS, EPOXY COMPOSITES, SKIN(STRUCTURAL), WINGS, ADHESIVE BONDING, JET FIGHTERS

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE