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Environmental effects of ground and flight environments, including temperature extremes, damage by chemical fluids, moisture, and so forth, affect the durability of polymer-matrix composites. This article provides information on corrosion control methods in aircraft structures. It discusses the design considerations for sealant joint. The article describes the common methods to seal aircraft structures: fay surface, fillet, butt joint, channel, brush, and form-in-place seals. It discusses the surface preparation and application method of primer and topcoat systems. The article describes primer and paint application equipment as well as sealant application equipment.

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Leslie A. Hoeckelman, Environmental Protection and Sealing, Composites, Vol 21, ASM Handbook, Edited By Daniel B. Miracle, Steven L. Donaldson, ASM International, 2001, p 659–665,

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