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Composite Awareness Creating awareness of safety issues regarding the maintenance, inspection and repair of composite materials used in aerospace.

The course will serve as an introduction and provide an awareness of safety issues regarding the maintenance, inspection and repair of composite materials used in aerospace. 

The course will also provide a background for further study for those interested in becoming qualified practitioners. This course is intended for engineers, technicians, inspectors, and other personnel involved with the maintenance and repair of composite structures.

At the end of the training course, the student will have acquired a higher degree of awareness in handling composite materials and components, to recognize and describe damages on composite structures and to perform a proper damage assessment.

 

Course Information:

  • Training Locations: Netherlands, Singapore or at Customer Location.
  • Course ID: ATS0111
  • Course Duration: 3 Working days. 
  • Prerequisites: Prior composites experience or training is not required.
  • Learning Hours:
    • ​​Classroom: 8 hours. 
    • Practical Hours: 14 hours

 

Course Module Overview:

  • Composite Materials.
  • Aircraft Composites Structures.
  • Aircraft-Specific Repair Material Requirements.
  • Aircraft Design Considerations.

  • Human Factors, Teamwork and disposition

  • Health, safety and environment.
  • Source Documents.
  • Damage Detection and Characterization.
  • Inspection Techniques.
  • Protective Coatings and Finishes
  • Written test.
  • Hands-on Exercises.

 

Hands-on Exercises: 
Learning by Doing. 

  • Understand the basics of composite laminate fabrication.

  • Understand the basics of composite bonded repair.

  • Describe the detailed processing steps necessary for laminate fabrication in the factory, bonded repair (maintenance base or line station), and disposition by the original manufacturer’s MRB. 

  • Describe the key characteristics and processing parameters for laminate fabrication. 

  • Select the correct damage inspection method/ tool(s).

  • Demonstrates the practical skills needed to perform a detailed inspection on metal structures.

  • Demonstrates the practical skills needed to perform a detailed inspection on composite structures.

  • Make the correct photographs showing the correct damage details ensure location preferences are included with close and far view.

  • Carry out a correct damage assessment and report this in a clear, accurate manner as requested  by the OEM.

 

This course complies with guidelines of:

SAE Publications:

  • AIR4844: Composites and Metal Bonding Glossary.

  • AIR5719: Teaching Points for an Awareness Class on "Critical Issues in Composite Maintenance and Repair".

  • AIR629: Guidelines for Repair Process Evaluation of Aluminum Bonded Structure.

  • ARP6262: Basic Composite Repair Technician Certification Standard.

 

FAA and EASA Publications:

  • Part 147 EASA.
  • AMC 20-29: Composite Aircraft Structure.
  • FAA AC 20-107B: Composite Aircraft Structure.
  • FAA AC 65-33: Development of Training/ Qualification Programs for Composite Maintenance Technicians.
  • FAA AC 43-214: Repairs and Alterations to Composite and Bonded Aircraft Structure.

 

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