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Defects and Damage in Composite Materials and Structures

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Preliminary Pages Introduction Advanced Composite Materials The Range of Composite Structural Types Aerospace Applications Civil Infrastructure Applications Marine Applications Land Transport Applications Other Applications Design Requirements with a Focus on the Damaging Environment What the Book Contains Definitions Defects Failure Damage and Defect Description Introduction Defect Types Description Classifications of Defect Types Defect Occurrence Defect Size Defect Location Generalization of Defect Types Conclusions Appendix A - Defect Type Description Finding the Non-Conformity Introduction NDI Methods Visual Inspection Acoustic Methods Ultrasonic Methods Thermography Interferometry Radiography Microwave Material Property Changes In-Situ Methods Application of NDI Methods NDI Selection Process NDI Personnel Important Requirements Failure Mechanisms Introduction Failure Modes and Mechanisms Basic Modes of Failure Complex Modes of Failure Failure Mechanisms Conclusions Loss of Integrity Introduction Definitions Generic Defect Types Structurally Significance Defect General Representation Criticality of Defects Matrix Cracks (Intralaminar) Delaminations (Interlaminar Matrix Cracks) Fiber Cuts And Holes Summary Restitution and Repair Introduction Selection of The Repair Method Repair Facility Capability Types of Damage On- or Off-Structure Damaged Component Accessibility Repair Criteria Generic Repair Designs Filling/Sealing Repair Scheme Filling/Doubler Patch Repair Scheme Flush Bonded Patch Repair Scheme Bolted Patch Repair Schemes Matrix Cracks Delaminations Holes and Fiber Fracture Low Strength Degrading Holes Moderate Strength Degrading Holes Fully Structural Repairs to Holes Damage Removal and Surface Preparation Removing the Damage Moisture Removal Surface Preparation Repair Scheme Fabrication and Application Cure Process Post-Repair Inspection Summary References and Bibliography List of Figures List of Tables Nomenclature Preface Dedication Index

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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