Self-warning hybrid composite patches for repairing cracked aluminium panels

Meisam Jalalvand, Hon Wing Michael Lok Wu, Fariborz Sheibanian, Mohamad Fotouhi, Michael R. Wisnom

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In this paper, a new concept for health-monitoring of bonded patch repairs is presented. Aerospace structures using aluminium panels occasionally crack and bonded composite patches are one of the repair methods available to maintain the integrity of the structure. Further damage beneath the repair patch cannot be monitored from simple visual inspection alone with standard repair techniques. The new proposed health-monitoring technique is based on the novel concept of overload sensors using hybrid composites, and has great potential for monitoring crack propagation in the main aluminium substrate, allowing passive, reliable and easy structural inspection to be achieved.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationECCM18 - 18th European Conference on Composite Materials
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jun 2018


  • overload sensor
  • thin-ply hybrid composite
  • visible damage
  • fatigue crack propagation


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