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The advantages of composite materials include a high specific strength and stiffness, formability, and a comparative resistance to fatigue cracking and corrosion. However, not forsaking these advantages, composite materials are prone to a wide range of defects and damage that can significantly reduce the residual strength and stiffness of a structure or result in unfavorable load paths. Emphasizing defect identification and restitution, Defects and Damage in Composite Materials and Structures explains how defects and damage in composite materials and structures impact composite component performance. Providing ready access to an extensive, descriptive list of defects and damage types, this must-have reference: * Examines defect criticality in composite structures * Recommends repair actions to restore structural integrity * Discusses failure modes and mechanisms of composites due to defects * Reviews NDI processes for finding and identifying defects in composite materials Relating defect detection methods to defect type, the author merges his experience in the field of in-service activities for composite airframe maintenance and repair with indispensable reports and articles on defects and damage in advanced composite materials from the last 50 years.
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Preliminary PagesIntroductionAdvanced Composite Materials The Range of Composite Structural TypesAerospace ApplicationsCivil Infrastructure ApplicationsMarine ApplicationsLand Transport ApplicationsOther ApplicationsDesign Requirements with a Focus on the Damaging EnvironmentWhat the Book ContainsDefinitionsDefectsFailureDamage and Defect DescriptionIntroduction Defect TypesDescriptionClassifications of Defect TypesDefect OccurrenceDefect SizeDefect LocationGeneralization of Defect TypesConclusionsAppendix A - Defect Type DescriptionFinding the Non-ConformityIntroduction NDI MethodsVisual InspectionAcoustic MethodsUltrasonic MethodsThermographyInterferometryRadiographyMicrowaveMaterial Property ChangesIn-Situ MethodsApplication of NDI MethodsNDI Selection ProcessNDI PersonnelImportant RequirementsFailure MechanismsIntroduction Failure Modes and MechanismsBasic Modes of FailureComplex Modes of FailureFailure MechanismsConclusionsLoss of IntegrityIntroduction DefinitionsGeneric Defect TypesStructurally Significance DefectGeneral RepresentationCriticality of DefectsMatrix Cracks (Intralaminar)Delaminations (Interlaminar Matrix Cracks)Fiber Cuts And HolesSummaryRestitution and RepairIntroduction Selection of The Repair MethodRepair Facility CapabilityTypes of DamageOn- or Off-StructureDamaged Component AccessibilityRepair CriteriaGeneric Repair DesignsFilling/Sealing Repair SchemeFilling/Doubler Patch Repair SchemeFlush Bonded Patch Repair SchemeBolted Patch Repair SchemesMatrix CracksDelaminationsHoles and Fiber FractureLow Strength Degrading HolesModerate Strength Degrading HolesFully Structural Repairs to HolesDamage Removal and Surface PreparationRemoving the DamageMoisture RemovalSurface PreparationRepair Scheme Fabrication and ApplicationCure ProcessPost-Repair InspectionSummaryReferences and BibliographyList of Figures List of TablesNomenclaturePrefaceDedicationIndex

About the Author

Rikard Benton Heslehurst, Ph.D, CPEng, FIEAust, FRAeS, FSAMPE, SMAIAA, ACSS, SAE, EAA, Spitfire Assoc. is a former aeronautical engineering officer in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). Currently, he is senior lecturer for the School of Engineering and Information Technology of the University College, UNSW at the Australian Defence Force Academy. He is also senior engineer for Abaris Training, Reno, Nevada and consultant for the Australian Defence Force, Civil Aviation Safety Authority, Raytheon Missile Systems, NASA, USAF, Boeing, Bombardier Aerospace, Australian Space Safety Office, SRAM-Zipp Wheels, and SP Systems-UK.


"... easy to read and up to date, with good explanations and details on repairs."-Brent Strong, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, USA "... detailed coverage by a knowledgeable author."-Michael J. Hoke, Abaris Training Resources, Inc., Reno, Nevada, USA

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