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The Comparison Of Composite Aircraft Field Repair Method (Cafrm) With Traditional Aircraft Repair Technologies, Peng Hao Wang Oct 2013

The Comparison Of Composite Aircraft Field Repair Method (Cafrm) With Traditional Aircraft Repair Technologies, Peng Hao Wang

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In the aviation industry, manufacturers made the transition from aluminum to composite materials for the majority of their primary structures over the last few decades. While the design and manufacturing techniques have consistently evolved, field repair methods were consistently overlooked. In this study, specimens fabricated using some of the common repair methods such as the autoclave repair method, and Double Vacuum Debulk (DVD) repair method were tested against the Composite Aircraft Field Repair Method (CAFRM) proposed by the researcher. Specimens were tested with microscopy, acid digestion, short beam shear, and mode I fracture tests. The researcher was able to determine ...