Making repairs to composite parts that restore their aesthetic appearance as well as their mechanical performance is difficult. Concerns about undetected contaminants weakening bonded joints mean most repairs involve bolted-on patches. But techniques are emerging to enable aesthetic bonded repairs to aircraft in service and parts during manufacture. Aerostructures manufacturer GKN Aerospace is using laser ablation to cut the time and skill needed to prepare composite parts for repair. The ...


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