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14 December 2019


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Fiberglass parts on the aircraft you listed are in low stress applications such as fairings, which occasionally depart the aircraft. For stressed applications such as pressure vessels (fuselage) and wings carbon fiber layups are used. Every aircraft mentioned has a Structural Repair Manual that identifies all the materials used, their locations and typical repairs. Every scratch and dent has to be inspected and tracked in maintenance records.

A problem with any of these composite materials in aircraft is if moisture gets inside the material and freezes at altitude the material will disbond. With the A350 Airbus came up with some clever damage inspection tools.

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