System for developing composite repair patches on aircraft or other composite structures
Tomblin, John S.
Brown, Brian M.
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Tomblin, John S.; Brown, Brian M.; Salah, Lamia, inventors. Wichita State University, assignee. System for developing composite repair patches on aircraft or other composite structures. United States patent U.S. 9,919,444. 2018, Mar. 20.
A system for generating a repair patch for a damaged area of a composite structure may include a scanning module, a repair patch model generator and a cutting tool. The scanning module may be deployed at the location of the damaged composite structure. The scanning module may be configured to scan the damaged area to generate scanned data indicative of a shape, size and/or contours of the damaged area. The repair patch model generator may include processing circuitry configured to obtain the scanned data, obtain parent ply information of the damaged composite structure, and generating a patch model of a repair patch including size and shape definition for each of a plurality of plies based on the scanned data and the parent ply information. The cutting tool may be configured to receive cutting files based on the patch model to generate a plurality of cut plies that combine to form the repair patch.
WSU inventors: John S. Tomblin, Brian M. Brown, Lamia Salah, National Institute for Aviation Research
Application No: 14/844,172 filed Sept. 3, 2015. Patent No: U.S. 9,919,444 granted Mar. 20, 2018