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Structural Integrity and Durability of Advanced Composites by Alma Hodzic, Constantinos Soutis, Peter Beaumont

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Maintenance and monitoring of composite helicopter structures and materials

M. Martinez1, M. Yanishevsky2, B. Rocha2, R.M. Groves1,  and N. Bellinger2     1Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands     2National Research Council of Canada, Ottawa, ON, Canada

Abstract

This chapter contains a brief description of current maintenance philosophies and processes that are in use by aircraft original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and operators/maintainers as a means of reducing maintenance cost and increasing aircraft availability, while maintaining structural integrity. A description of the different types of damage found in composite structures is described. A case study on the maintenance of helicopter floorboards with recommendations ...

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