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REPAIR PROCESS AND A REPAIRED COMPONENT

United States Patent Application

20140315029
A1
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Matrix composite component repair processes are disclosed. The matrix composite repair process includes applying a repair material to a matrix composite component, securing the repair material to the matrix composite component with an external securing mechanism and curing the repair material to bond the repair material to the matrix composite component during the securing by the external securing mechanism. The matrix composite component is selected from the group consisting of a ceramic matrix composite, a polymer matrix composite, and a metal matrix composite. In another embodiment, the repair process includes applying a partially-cured repair material to a matrix composite component, and curing the repair material to bond the repair material to the matrix composite component, an external securing mechanism securing the repair material throughout a curing period, In another embodiment, the external securing mechanism is consumed or decomposed during the repair process.
ROBERTS, III, Herbert Chidsey (Simpsonville, SC), SIMPSON, Stanley F. (Simpsonville, SC)
General Electric Company (Schenectady NY)
13/ 864,576
April 17, 2013
GOVERNMENT LICENSE RIGHTS [0001] This invention was made with government support under contract number DE-FC26-05NT42643 awarded by the Department of Energy. The government may have certain rights in the invention.