Product Reliability, Maintainability, and Repair
This article provides a summary of the concepts discussed in the articles under the Section “Product Reliability, Maintainability, and Repair” in ASM Handbook, Volume 21: Composites. The Section covers a range of topics that include the general issues for reliability, maintenance, and repair of composite structures. Specific structural applications are also discussed, including marine, infrastructure, and aircraft related issues. Operators of equipment employing composite structures in primary load applications must understand the issues with respect to maintenance and repair action. The Section provides information on these requirements.
This article describes the types of repair and presents reasons for avoiding damage to a structure or component during repair. It discusses major standardization issues with emphasis on design, repair materials, repair techniques, and inspection.