Abaris Training New Metal-Bond and Complex Repair Courses

08 July 2002

Abaris Training recently completed 2 weeks of classes at Qantas Airlines (Sydney, Australia) in response to the airline’s request for Boeing-specific training in metal-bonded repair procedures.

“Airlines today are operating a variety of different aircraft,” explains Carl Cradick, Senior Technical Officer for Qantas. “Each manufacturer specifies their own procedures for bonded aluminum and composite structural repair, creating a need for our workforce to stay on-top of proper materials and techniques.” To meet this need, Abaris modified the content of its course Repair of Bonded Aluminum Structures to deliver Boeing-specific information, and traveled to Qantas’ facility, providing training for and interaction with Qantas mechanics and engineers regarding the repair problems they face on the specific aircraft and parts they see the most.

“This ‘metal-bonding’ class is a new development from our Adhesive Bonding of Composites course,” explains Mike Hoke, President of Abaris Training. “The basics of achieving successful adhesive bonds are the same whether the surface is composites or aluminum. Our customers were demanding more detail specifically on the numerous surface prep methods for aluminum. We responded with Repair of Bonded Aluminum Structures, which not only covers the pros and cons of methods like PACS, PANTA and the new Sol-Gel process developed by Boeing, but also explores which methods have been proven to supply long-term durability.” The course emphasizes hands-on learning via the building of wedge test panels, destructive testing and analysis, as well as newer preparation and repair methods that not only give better results but also are more environmentally-friendly and easier to perform.

Abaris Training will be back in Australia later this summer to deliver 4 weeks of courses to meet Qantas’ need for Airbus-specific training. A combined set of courses based on Advanced Composite Structures: Fabrication and Damage Repair: Phase 1, Phase 2, and Phase 3, will be tailored to cover Airbus specified materials and processes, with each phase providing an increased level of hands-on training in manufacturing, repair and tooling. The Phase 3 class offers a new, advanced concentration in hands-on student workshops, featuring challenging damage assessment, larger and more complex repair scenarios, fabrication of composite repair tooling and restoration of contoured surfaces, fasteners and edge-band integrity. Students also gain experience in advanced “hot-bonder” techniques using not only heat blankets, but heat lamps, hot-air machines and other heating devices.

Abaris Training specializes in hands-on training of advanced composite technology, training over 7,500 students since 1983 at its Reno, Nevada and Griffin, Georgia (near Atlanta) facilities and in customer locations worldwide.

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