Aircraft Sustainment and Repair

Aircraft Sustainment and Repair

1st Edition - December 5, 2017

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  • Editors: Rhys Jones, A.A. Baker, Neil Matthews, V K Champagne
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081005408
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081005446

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Aircraft Sustainment and Repair is a one-stop-shop for practitioners and researchers in the field of aircraft sustainment, adhesively bonded aircraft joints, bonded composites repairs, and the application of cold spray to military and civil aircraft. Outlining the state-of-the-art in aircraft sustainment, this book covers the use of quantitative fractography to determine the in-service crack length versus flight hours curve, the effect of intergranular cracking on structural integrity and the structural significance of corrosion. The book additionally illustrates the potential of composite repairs and SPD applications to metallic airframes.

Key Features

  • Covers corrosion damage assessment and management in aircraft structures
  • Includes a key chapter on U.S. developments in the emerging field of supersonic particle deposition (SPD)
  • Shows how to design and assess the potential benefits of both bonded composite repairs and SPD repairs to metallic aircraft structures to meet the damage tolerance requirements inherent in FAA ac 20-107b and the U.S. Joint Services


Materials and aerospace scientists and engineers; practitioners in airworthiness, fatigue and fracture, adhesive bonding, maintenance and aircraft certification, fleet management; Researchers in the fields of cold spray, surface treatments and structural integrity

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction and overview
    2. Fatigue requirements for aircraft structures
    3. Typical fatigue-initiating discontinuities in metallic aircraft structures
    4. Practical computational fracture mechanics for aircraft structural integrity
    5. Crack growth from naturally occurring material discontinuities
    6. Adhesively bonded repair/reinforcement of metallic airframe components: materials, processes, design and proposed through-life management
    7. Surface treatment and repair bonding
    8. Analysis, design and assessment of composite repairs to operational aircraft
    9. Repair of multi-site damage in civil transport aircraft - an example of the damage tolerant design of composite repairs
    10. The F111C wing pivot fitting repair and implications for the design/assessment of bonded joints and composite repairs
    11. Development and validation of bonded composite doubler repairs for commercial aircraft
    12. Computing the growth of naturally-occuring disbonds in adhesively-bonded joints
    13. Delamination growth in polymer-matrix fibre composites and the use of fracture mechanics data for material characterisation and life prediction
    14. Introduction to supersonic particle deposition
    15. Additive metal technologies for aerospace sustainment
    16. Applications of SPD to enhance the structural integrity of corroded airframes
    17. Application of SPD to enhance the structural integrity of fuseage skins and centre barells
    18. Multiplicative manufacturing and aircraft sustainment

Product details

  • No. of pages: 970
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 2017
  • Published: December 5, 2017
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081005408
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081005446

About the Editors

Rhys Jones

Rhys Jones is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Monash University where he is also Head of the Centre of Expertise in Structural Mechanics. With over 450 publications, Professor Jones has made significant contributions to the fields of aircraft structural integrity, fatigue life extension, thermo-elastic stress analysis; fatigue assessment and fracture mechanics; computational mechanics; aging structures; repair technology; Supersonic Particle Deposition and composite materials. Professor Jones is internationally acknowledged, together with Dr. Alan Baker, as having played a pioneering role in the development of advanced composites to extend the operational life of Military and Civilian aircraft and played a leading role in transferring this technology to the US as part of the US Federal Aviation Administration’s Aging Aircraft Program.

Affiliations and Expertise

Mechanical Engineering Department, Monash University, Victoria, Australia

A.A. Baker

Alan Baker is a Senior Research Consultant in Advanced Composite Structures - Australia and Honorary Research Fellow, Aerospace Composite Structures in Aerospace Division, Defense Science and Technology Group. He has edited and contributed to several books, chapters in books and many scientific papers on composites and composite repair technology. He co-edited and extensively contributed to the highly popular books Composite Materials for Aircraft Structures and Advances in Bonded Composite Repairs for Metallic Aircraft Structure. Dr. Baker has over 40 years of experience in advanced composites including 10 years in the Rolls Royce UK Advanced Research Laboratory; he is particularly recognized for pioneering work on bonded composite repair of metallic aircraft components for which he has received several major awards. Neil Matthews is the Head of Research

Affiliations and Expertise

Defence Science and Technology Organisation, Air Vehicles Division, Victoria, Australia

Neil Matthews

Neil Matthews is the Head of Research and Technology at RUAG Australia, and holds a Master of Aircraft Design from Cranfield University (UK) Neil has been involved in Aircraft Engineering sustainment for the nearly 40 years both as a serving Air Force Officer in the Royal Australian Air Force and then in the commercial military aviation industry. Neil has been pioneering the use of SPD for aircraft sustainment since 2004 and has co-authored journal papers and been an invited speaker on this technology both in Australia and internationally on a number of occasions.

Affiliations and Expertise

Rosebank Engineering

V K Champagne

Dr. Victor K. Champagne, Jr., FASM is recognized internationally as one of the foremost authorities on Cold Spray. He has held numerous positions throughout his career at the US Army Research Laboratory , Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, USA. In his 36 years of materials research and development experience, he has been responsible for the advancement of emerging technologies for the Department of Defense. One of his most significant achievements, was the establishment of the ARL Cold Spray Center, which he led for over twenty years, and is devoted toward research, development and implementation of Cold Spray. Dr. Champagne has over 100 journal publications and 13 patents in cold spray technology. Currently, he is continuing to make extraordinary advances in Additive Manufacturing and the transition of technology into commercial applications. Working closely with industry, research institutes and academia his ideas have been translated into practical use and transitioned into the commercial sector and his achievements have been recognized across the globe.

Affiliations and Expertise

US Army Research Laboratory, USA

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