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Bonded Repair of Composite Aircraft Structures

  1. Alan Baker

Published Online: 15 SEP 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781118097298.weoc018

Wiley Encyclopedia of Composites

Wiley Encyclopedia of Composites

How to Cite

Baker, A. 2011. Bonded Repair of Composite Aircraft Structures. Wiley Encyclopedia of Composites. 1–8.

Author Information

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

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 SEP 2011


The trend in extensive use of composites, especially carbon/epoxy, in commercial and military aircraft structures, including highly loaded primary structure, is driving the requirement for cost-effective and efficient repair techniques. Repair patches may be attached to the parent structure by adhesive bonding or mechanical fastening. This article focuses on adhesively bonded repairs and discusses the various key issues, including types of damage, repair criteria and requirements, simple design procedures, choice of materials, moisture problems, and repair implementation.


  • bonded repair;
  • composite materials;
  • adhesive bonding;
  • airframe structures