Accession Number : ADP005173

Title :   Battle Damage Repair of Composite Structures,

Corporate Author : MCDONNELL AIRCRAFT CO ST LOUIS MO

Personal Author(s) : Hinkle,Thomas V. ; Van Es,Jack ; Ramsey,Charles L.

Report Date : OCT 1986

Pagination or Media Count : 11

Abstract : AFWAL Flight Dynamics Laboratory, Structures and Dynamics Division, McDonnell Aircraft Company (MCAIR) is developing concepts and procedures for the rapid repair of battle-damaged composite structures. The damage consists of elongated or concentrated penetrations of solid wing skins and of honeycomb empennage. The size of the damage, in conjunction with the strength-critical nature of these structures, requires structural repairs in order to restore a strength capability commensurate with the maximum expected flight loads and service temperatures. Guidelines for these repairs are based on the USAF concept of operation for aircraft battle damage repair. Structural tests are being conducted to validate repair designs. Damage simulation, repair, design, damage cleanup, repair fabrication, and available test results are reported in this paper.

Descriptors :   *AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE, *COMPOSITE STRUCTURES, *AIRFRAMES, REPAIR, DAMAGE, WINGS, SKIN(STRUCTURAL), HONEYCOMB STRUCTURES, SANDWICH CONSTRUCTION, SYMPOSIA

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE