SPD repairs to thin aluminium structures

R. Jones, Neil Matthews, J. Elston, K. Cairns, J. Baker, B. Wadsley, S. Pitt

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This paper discusses repairs and modifications to thin load bearing aircraft structures using Supersonic Particle Deposition technology, a topic which is currently under consideration by both the Australian Naval Aircraft Systems Project Office (NASPO) and the RAAF Directorate General Technical Airworthiness (DGTA). Ensuring continued airworthiness is of paramount importance and it is essential that (aircraft) structural integrity be maintained after repairs have been installed. To this end the present paper summarises the results of a series of experimental studies into the ability of SPD doublers to extend the fatigue life of thin aluminium structural components and the limit of viability (LOV) of fuselage lap joints.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 28th Congress of the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences 2012, ICAS 2012
EditorsI Grant
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9781622767540
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventCongress of the International Council of Aeronautical Sciences 2012 - Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 23 Sept 201228 Sept 2012
Conference number: 28th


ConferenceCongress of the International Council of Aeronautical Sciences 2012
Abbreviated titleICAS 2012


  • Aging aircraft
  • Cold spray
  • Corrosion repair
  • Fatigue
  • Fuselage lap joints

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