Composite Repair Theory and Design

Composite Repair Theory and Design

Bonded composite repairs are efficient and cost-effective means of repairing cracks
and corrosion grind-out cavity in metallic structures, and composite structures sustained
impact and ballistic damages, especially in aircraft structures. Currently there are two
edited books available on this topic (Bonded Repair of Aircraft Structures, ed. Baker
and Jones, 1988, Martinus Nijhoff Publisher; Advances in Bonded Composite Repair
of Metallic Structure, Baker et al., 2002, Elsevier). However, none has been dedicated
to the comprehensive mathematical analysis of the fundamentals of bonded composite
repair technology. Our objective in this book is therefore to fill in that gap.


This book devotes entirely its content to the design and analysis of bonded repairs,
focusing on the mathematical techniques and analysis approaches that are critical to the

successful implementation of bonded repairs. It grew out of recent research we con-
ducted at the Boeing Company and the Defence Science and Technology Organisation

(DSTO, Australia) over the past ten years. The topics addressed herein are developed to
the extent that the presentation is sufficiently self-explanatory, and hence it could serve

as a state-of-the-art reference guide to engineers, scientists, researchers, and practition-
ers interested in the underpinning design methodology and the modeling of composite

repairs. Furthermore, it can be used as a companion reference book to the United States

Air Force (USAF) bonded repair guidelines (Guidelines for Composite Repair of Metal-
lic Structure-CRMS, AFRL-WP-TR-1998-4113) and the Royal Australian Air Force

(RAAF) Design Standard DEF(AUST)9005 that are currently used by most practitioners
and field repair engineers throughout the world, as well as for the new software called
CRAS (Composite Repair of Aircraft Structures) developed by the Boeing Company
and funded by the USAF.

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