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Bonded Composite Patch Repair of Metallic Aircraft Structures

  1. Alan Baker

Published Online: 15 SEP 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781118097298.weoc017

Wiley Encyclopedia of Composites

Wiley Encyclopedia of Composites

How to Cite

Baker, A. 2011. Bonded Composite Patch Repair of Metallic Aircraft Structures. Wiley Encyclopedia of Composites. 1–7.

Author Information

  1. Advanced Composite Structures Australia and Defence Science and Technology Organisation, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 SEP 2011

Abstract

Efficient, cost-effective repairs to cracks or corrosion in metallic airframe structures can be made using fiber composite patches—such as carbon/epoxy or boron/epoxy, adhesively bonded to the defective region. A brief overview of this technology is provided in this article, addressing most significant issues including design, choice of materials, repair implementation, and, for repairs to primary structure, certification. Two application case histories are briefly described: (i) to the wing skin of a USAF F16 and (ii) to the wing skin of an RAAF F-111.

Keywords:

  • bonded repairs;
  • composites;
  • fatigue;
  • airframe;
  • wedge test