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CH‐46 Fiberglass Rotor Blade Repair Program

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The importance of field repair capability of fiberglass rotor blades at the lowest maintenance level is discussed. An overview of validated repairs in a controlled environment is presented including fatigue testing as well as actual repairs—out of the laboratory and in the field by Navy and Marine Corps mechanics. Substantial cost improvement between fiberglass and metal blades was realized because of improved reliability of fiberglass blades requiring less maintenance actions.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Boeing Vertol Company, Philadelphia, Pa.

Publication date: October 1, 1981

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  • The Journal of the American Helicopter Society is the world's only scientific journal dedicated to vertical flight technology. It is a peer-reviewed technical journal published quarterly by AHS International and presents innovative papers covering the state-of-the-art in all disciplines of rotorcraft design, research and development. (Please note that AHS members receive significant discounts on articles and subscriptions.)

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