RUAG Australia has been awarded full patent rights in Australia, Europe and the United States for its methods for treating aircraft structures.
The patent relates to the use of Supersonic Particle Deposition (SPD), as an alternative aircraft component repair technology, saving time and costs associated with traditional repair techniques or part replacement. SPD repair capabilities improve aircraft and component return-to-service times.
Neil Matthews, senior manager of advanced technology and engineering solutions for RUAG Australia, said: “The awarding of this patent underscores our commitment to research and development and the application of emerging technologies to offer reliable and accessible service for aviation customers.”
RUAG Australia’s patent application identifies the use of additive metal technology as a fully certifiable alternative for safe and reliable repairs.
According to the patent, SPD is an ideal method for quickly repairing corroded, worn and damaged components.
RUAG has also applied for another patent featuring the use of SPD technology—methods for restoring an aircraft frame element—which is under review.
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