Innovation Track 5
The purpose of this project is to develop automated repair techniques for repair of composite structures. Automation of the whole repair chain will be investigated from automated milling and application of the repair patch. Algorithms will be developed to combine NDI inspection data (data fusion) of the damaged area. part of the project will be the investigation of adhesives, preparation methods and determination of milling parameters for composite materials. Research is done on the adhesive bonding of printed Ti repair patches.The developed methods and repair processes will be demonstrated on a representative panel.
Parties involved: NLR< Fokker, TiaT, SPECTO Aerospace, TU DElft (currently there’s a postdoc dedicated to this track).
Timeline: 1st of November 2014 – April 2019
Within this milestone the repair method was selected that will be used in the project. It is important to select a method that can be automated.
There will be more methods selected in the project. Ultrasound and Thermography will be part of the investigation.
The geometry of the repair panel will be measured and combined with the damage inspection data. The resulting data file will be used for the milling process.
A representative repair will be done using the generated data file and a milling robot.