Passenger and crew safety is first on every airline’s priority list. The safety concern is reflected through numerous security checks at the airports themselves, today concerning all measures related to the coronavirus pandemic, but in the first place, it is reflected in the concern for the satisfactory performance of the aircraft used. For this reason, aircraft structure repair and maintaining aircraft in good condition is one of the MRO’s most important tasks.
What is aircraft mechanical structure?
The mechanical structure of an aircraft is known as the airframe. This structure is typically considered to include the fuselage, undercarriage, empennage, and wings, and exclude the propulsion system. Aircraft structure technicians produce, maintain, and repair components on aircraft as well as the hull and frame. They work with sheet metal and bonded and non-metallic composite material.
The planes cannot go through a thorough inspection after every flight. This would require a lot of time and resources, and is therefore unmanageable. For this reason, there is a protocol called damage tolerance. The damage tolerance approach is based on the policy that while cracks due to fatigue and corrosion will occur in the aircraft structure, the process can be followed and controlled. The essence is in inspections that will detect damage that can affect flight safety in time.
How is repair done?
Aircraft structure undergoes extended fatigue evaluation and measurement onward with a thorough analysis to promote the proper inspection program. The purpose of the inspection is to find defects before they become critical to the safety of the aircraft. The task is the continuous maintenance of aircraft structural integrity. The aircraft structural damage can be caused by lightning strikes or birds, corrosion, leakages (fuel, water) hurricane damages, etc.
Structural repair also includes modification to fixed-wing and rotary winged aircraft. Metal structural repairs must be made according to the best possible techniques because inappropriate repair techniques can cause immediate or potential danger. The safety of an aircraft depends on the quality of the design, as well as the workmanship used in making the repairs. Diverse and various methods of repairing metal structural parts of an aircraft exist, but no set of particular repair patterns utilizes in all cases.
The design of an aircraft metal structural repair is complicated by the requirement that an aircraft be as light as possible. If weight were not a critical factor, repairs could be made with a large margin of safety. In actual practice, repairs must be strong enough to carry all of the loads with the required factor of safety, but they must not have too much extra weight.
Good technicians is must have
Aircraft structures technicians are skilled in metal and in some cases composite repair, refinishing, machining, and welding. They are integral members of the aircraft maintenance operation in the areas of aircraft servicing, supply, tool control, and safety. Aircraft structures technicians maintain aircraft airframe and structural components, flight surfaces and controls, and other utility systems. For this reason, they are an indispensable part of every MRO team.
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